April 16, 2012

Country


We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon at a working/ educational farm that is set up perfectly for littles to enjoy. It's only twenty minutes away and we got a membership because it's was too much fun to not visit again and again all summer long. I grew up in the country and I have a lot of conflicted feelings about raising Little Smith (pretty much) in the city. We're super lucky that Boston is a city that's surrounded by so much natural beauty; water, mountains, woods, and farms. We actually aren't quite in the city so we do have access to a lot of open space, like our community garden, and we have cars and plenty of parking so it's easy for us to escape (though Big Smith does take public transport or bike to work, go green!).

My hope is that just as I was raised in the country with a healthy dose of culture like museums and theater, we can raise Little Smith in more of the city with lots of the great outdoors. Either that or move any day now... I haven't quite decided!

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  1. Love little smith's lips... <3

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  2. I'm sure with enough time spent googling I could find the place on my own but would you do me the kindness of emailing me the name of this place?? Because it seems like something we would be really into ourselves! Looks like a blast. As usual, your family is beautiful!

    lifewithacinnamongirl@gmail.com , please&thankyou!!

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    1. Yes I'll email you but for anyone who's interested in called Drumlin Farms in Loncoln. I put a link above at the word 'farm' in the first sentence. a wonderful place!

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  3. That looks amazing! I would love to go. Your pictures are beautiful as always :)

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  4. Sounds so cool - what a perfect family outing! It sounds like no matter what you'll find the balance between your 'city mouse and 'country mouse.'

    xo
    cortnie

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  5. I struggle with this too. I love the country AND the city but not so much the suburbs, so we are on the edge of the city with a little bit of space and still within walking/biking distance of great places. I love the country, but I think I would get too lonely and feel too isolated if we chose to live there. Beautiful pictures!

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  6. I really loved all of these pictures. They are so pretty and make me excited about growing things that we are able to eat. And you are crazy pretty.

    We moved away from Los Angeles for that very reason. We didn't want to raise Julian in such a city environment. Any time we wanted him to play in the grass, we had to all get in the car and drive to a park. It was a huge change for him when we moved to North Carolina and he had to get used to seeing bugs crawl around in his new back yard, and to learn that it's okay - that's their home, and not to be afraid of them.

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  7. How absolutely fun! I am so blessed I live in the country (small towns) so that lil gravy will be able to enjoy the open air. Although, sometimes I wish I had the amenities of a big city available at hand! Sounds like you have the best of both worlds!

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  8. Mama Smith,
    I love all the green in these pictures. I spent the weekend in the desert, and flying back into Portland on Sunday it was the first thing I noticed. I'm lucky to live in a city surrounded by natural beauty too.

    It's fun to see your life in/near Boston, I'm moving to Amherst for graduate school in September! Do you have any other great Massachusetts blogs to recommend?

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    1. I love Amherst- a beautiful place with the best of both worlds (farmland and lots of culture and restaurants because of all of the colleges). I'm sure you will enjoy living there.

      I am pretty new to blogging still so I don't know many in Massachusetts but I do know of the lovely Julie (who commented above) from lifewithacinnamongirl. Please let me know if you find any others!

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  9. I love it! He can enjoy the best of both worlds!

    In response to your comment on my post, my husband begged me to get the tandem bike. I dont do well with a two seater kayak, so I knew with the tandem bike we were destined for disaster. Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. But when it comes to kayaking, I do not share! No thank you! Haha

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  10. your photos are gorgeous and this farm sounds divine. We're smiths over here, too! x

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  11. These photos actually made me audibly sigh with envy. I can't wait to take our little guy to places like that when he's a little older and able to appreciate it. Like you, we are also working to strike that balance between culture and country. Alternating spending the weekends and the museum that I work at and my father's country home have been a good start for us. Oh, can I say again...these photos. Gorgeous.

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  12. How fun!! I'm behind on blog reading, but was so happy to see pictures of you all on a farm! We just visited one too. :) Are those sheep? That is so neat that there's a place you can go to hang out in the country. I'm not happy unless I'm a short drive from fields and horses and cows, and luckily there are a lot not too far from us! Beautiful pictures.

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