Country Living Series

Monday, August 22, 2016

Different views

We moved the cattle to the wooded side of our property on Saturday (I'll post pictures shortly). Yesterday morning from the window, I saw this view:

The morning shadows were still long so the photo isn't very clear, but you can see Brit (our horse) and a number of cattle grazing. The air is a bit smokey because local farmers are burning off crop residues this time of year. In the foreground on the left is an aspen, and on the right is the young walnut tree we planted in May.

Now consider this: Yesterday morning we got a call from Older Daughter, whom many of you know is working as a nanny in New Jersey. It was her day off, so she was calling from a café in New York City, where she was enjoying a cup of tea and a bagel. The reason she called? Because the contrast between what she was seeing and what she knew we were seeing was so huge.

We asked her to take some photos. When she said the view was nothing special, we reminded her of the obvious: what was ordinary to her was unbelievably exotic to us. When she sent the pictures, she wrote, "Just down the road to the right is Penn Station, I was waiting for the hourly train back. Next time I think I'll make a trip specifically to go to the Natural History Museum."

We always told the girls the city life is fun and exciting when you're young. Both Don and I lived in cities when we were single, and later in the early days of our marriage. There's always stuff to do, see, and experience -- even if it's sitting in a café with tea and a bagel, watching the pulse of the city.

I think you'll agree the respective views we both saw yesterday are about as far away from each other as it's possible to get.

We're glad Older Daughter is experiencing a taste of urban life while she's young. And maybe there's someone in New York City who thinks a view of cows is exotic.


  1. Hello from New Jersey! I have been following this blog for a few months and I enjoy it. I am a little envious because I don't think I have it in me to live a farming lifestyle.
    I am moved to post a comment because I was just there myself last Monday! This picture faces east down 33rd St. I love the city. It is a fun place where I can see things I don't see everyday here in suburbia. But, I also love the country. Last Wednesday I went to Pennsylvania to hike around the Delaware Water Gap and take in some waterfalls, and nature in general. You are correct, the different views and places each have their own merits.
    I love the city and the country, it is my current life in suburbia that I am tired of.
    Anyway, sorry to go on so long. And thank you for this blog.I enjoy reading it, and it had piqued my interest in going a little more rural myself.- Chris

    1. Hello and welcome, Chris! If you look around the blog you'll see a typical life on an Idaho homestead. Someday we'd love to visit our daughter in NJ and see NYC as well.

      - Patrice

  2. I can remember very clearly flying to Boston for the Co. The plane flew around NY city at altitude and I can remember very clearly wondering why anyone in their right mind would live there! But then there are probably folks in NY that do not even know what a cow is or does (furnish those steaks that they eat) so I guess we are even.

  3. I'm in Mumbai, India, the most crowded city, and a view of cows is normal here! X-D

  4. I have been to the Natural History Museum, and she is right, it will take a day if she wants to see it all. I took my son there when he was little and I thought he would enjoy the new dinosaur display, what did he like instead? The bug display. It was a wonderful place I loved it, she will enjoy it, a must see.

  5. I'm with Jefferson on cities.
    Montana Guy

  6. Patrice
    I am sorry I am dangerous. I was watching the
    news the other night and maybe one of the sights that your daughter may want to take in
    is the Argosy Book store at 116 E 59th street
    Phone is 212-753-4455.
    They have rare and antiqitarian and out of print books.
    Blessing debby