Moving here from the big city in California to the farm life is such a big difference: It's like night and day. I got so used to busy life, car noises, bright lights, a street that never empty, and the night that never sleeps, and now, we moved to the place where it is so quiet and time seems to move slowly. Although my kids love this place instantly, for me, It takes such a big adjustment to live a country living. At first, the silence and quietness were somehow bothering me, to the point that every little sound makes me think there's a ghost in the house. And the rain, oh the rain, the never-ending rain is hard to get used to.
But there's also the positive side that I came to love living in this place, the Springtime is beautiful, and nothing quite like it, the fresh, clean air, the Sunlight goes between the tree and through the green leaves is so magical. I can sit for hours just watching the birds fly between trees and the wildflowers' colors in my yard. As for now, I came to tolerate the quietness, it helps me sleep better at night, and after I checked high and low, there isn't a ghost in the house. (Smiling)
Here are some pictures to let you peek at a small portion of our life living in a country living!
We live in approximately five acres of land, where the three acres are untouched and still full of bushes of blackberries and big trees surrounding the property. Once a while, I spotted a family of dears playing around the land; they usually come up in the summertime looking for water or eat from the apple tree in front of the house. And they didn't seem bothered to see us around. It such a treat and privilege to see them since I never encounter this kind of experience in California.
As for now, the land is blooming with a sea of dandelions, and fruit trees bestowed exquisite flowers. Their scent embodied in the air surrounds us, making springtime the most beautiful season there is. My kids and our dog Casey love to play on the grass, blowing the dandelion while making a wish as much as we can and dancing under the sunset until night comes and time to rest.
In these pictures is an Apple tree with a full bloom of flowers.
Every morning my daughter and I walked down the driveway to go to the street waiting for the bus school. Almost every time we are on the run so we can get there on time, but on the way back, I walked by myself, is always my favorite time of the day where I can enjoy the morning Sun, the Birds sighting, the beauty of the flowers and especially the Apple tree blossoms. It makes my day a little bit brighter.
Besides wild blackberries and Apples, There're many kinds of fruit trees around the yard, Pears, Rainier Cherries, Persimmons, and Strawberries in the garden. The tree flowers are in the full blooms right now, and by fall, the fruit will ripen and be harvest time for us. And just like last year, fall is the time for us to bake and bake all kinds of pie from the wild Blackberries to my sister's Lana famous (Among the family) Apple Pie.
The pictures below are the beautiful Pear tree blossom and the long driveway to get to the street.
Let me introduce you to Caramel and Oreo. They are such sweet horses; they love to be groomed and eat all day. They such playful horses; this horse's favorite treat is Apple, so my daughter likes to carry Apples every time she visited them, and they always loved to see her since they know they will get their favorite snack.
The chicken and the Guineas birds originally belong to my sister; she gave some of the chicken to my kids to be their pets. Since we're neighbors and share the backyard, they all love to come and play in our yards. We had quite an amount of chicken and eight Guineas birds between us, but the land was also home to Possum and Raccoon. Over time, the Raccoon got the chicken and the Guineas bird. As for now, it is only three Guineas bird left. Sadly, we tried to protect them, but their wild and sleeping on the tree at night so, there isn't much we can do to keep them safe from the Raccoon.
We build a beautiful Chicken coop for the chicken. So they are always protected and cozy at night inside their little house.
My favorite things to do in our yard are to have brunch, lunch, or dinner under the magnificent sky with family and friends and get the table decorated nicely with lovely flowers. Since we live a little bit far from the downtown and busy road, there isn't much dust in the air; the air is clean, fresh, and crisp. I hardly see cars driving around the street; the road is practically empty most of the day, making it the most peaceful place to live.
And the Sunshine always a good reason for us to bring the festivities outside the home. And since Washington has a perfect Spring and summertime, this is an excellent opportunity for us to take advantage of the sunny days and stay outside more often. Thankfully, the hottest summer in Washington only gets to 80 degrees Fahrenheit is a lot less than scorching hot California.
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