Sunday, July 6, 2008

Because We Have Good Neighbors

Neighbors are important wherever you live, but I think that neighbors in rural areas are vital.

We rely on each other for much more than just a borrowed cup of sugar. Although the distance between our house and the neighbor's place is measured in miles instead of yards, I would wager that out here, neighbors are closer to each other than the average city neighbors.

We carpool kids to activities, borrow horses and fencing materials, and rely on each other in times of need. We let each other know when the cows are out, and sometimes we just put them back in and put a few staples back in the fence where they got out. We bring food when there is a new baby, a branding, or a death in the family. We watch each other's kids and each other's backs.

And, when the resident farmer announces that the hay is too wet to bale and we're going camping for a couple of days, we're able to go because we have good neighbors. Someone will water the baby chicks and check up on the dogs. They'll call to make sure we made it back. They make it possible for us to escape the constant demands of a farm and enjoy scenes like these:






Homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July. Life is sweet.


Prairie Chick said...

I hear ya. Life in town was LONELY, life on the farm is LIVELY. Lovin' it alongside ya (albeit hundreds of miles away)

BoufMom9 said...

O wow! I want to come camping with you!!!! That looks just breath taking!

DayPhoto said...

What a beautiful place you live in.


Jenny said...

Yup, rural neighbors are the best! Only problem is, it's hard for neighbors to go camping together. LOL!

Dawn said...

Beautiful pictures and a lovely tribute to your neighbors.

We live in the 'burbs but have the best neighbors EVER. If we had cows and fences, they'd watch 'em, too!


Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

Gorgeous images... it's cold here and I cannot imagine camping but your break looked fabulous. Hope your handsome son recovers from his broken arm - poor darlin'.

My Dad alwauys says that a good neighbour is worth a thousand acres. Worth more than money, that's for sure...


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