Friday, September 28, 2012

Gone to Find Green-er Acres

My friend Kathy's sister, Maureen, has always had a love for country,  a primitive country decorating style.  Maureen and her husband, David, lived in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, in a very cute 1950's Cape Cod home.

their old house on Long Island

They both shared the same dream ~ 




to leave the city behind and live in a real farmhouse.  

(thanks, Vee)

In fact, a photo of this home was their screen saver for about three years.


This past February, their dream became reality when they moved into this farm house in Wytheville, Virginia, built in 1860, nestled into a valley of thirty acres, with several out buildings.






Now they enjoy views like this.


Neighboring farm animals have no problem wandering over.






The chickens are new family members.   



Plenty of space for them to roam and scratch.

Talk about an oven stuffer!
A neighbor gave them a couple of turkeys, one unfortunately went missing, such is life in the country


Cock-a-doodle-doo and good mornin' to you!  Their rooster







Maureen on her way to collect those fresh eggs!




Country breakfast just took on a whole new meaning.  Mmmmmmm


Maureen and David have lots of renovating ideas, the kitchen is their next project.  



Fresh baked goods, wonder if David baked the pie?  David is a good cook and even churns his own butter.  He did that on Long Island.  The farm house has no heat or a/c.


Some things are from their old home, some things are recent purchases from auctions near their new home


Original 1860 floors


Floor's not dirty, it's the photo!

Looks like a heart?  

Maybe Maureen will take up knitting........




Look at this old door




Here's Maureen


And here is David, holding their first grape harvest



Maybe David and Maureen will become vintners?  Maur Wine Vineyards?   Nice looking grapes



Nice grapes leaves to stuff



A farm house 'vignette'



They recently renovated their bathroom


It turned out great









In case of emergencies


They do have one of these 'out' buildings.  No phone inside, but a real commode

Now this drastic a lifestyle change is not for everyone, and I give them credit for keeping their dream alive, and taking that giant leap of faith to see it come to fruition.  



Welcome home, Maureen and David. Thanks for letting me share your story and your new home.  

Thanks to Kathy for sending me photos, in addition to Maureen's photos.  

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Sharing this journey with 






xo


38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that has to be a huge change from life in NY. I give them credit for making such a change.
    Their farm home is beautiful!

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  2. Dreamy!!!...I'm loving this new-old home,their smiles say it ALL!!!

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  3. What a wonderful post! I love to hear and see! about people who have followed their dreams - good for them :))
    Mary x

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  4. Wow. They really did make a leap of faith. It's a beautiful spot on this earth. They'll have their work cut out for them, though it may not feel much like work since it's a dream they share.

    Your header looks terrific! Did you click the "open in new window" or whatever option for the music? Once I clicked on it, I got booted from your blog and had to start over.

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  5. Dearest Barbara,
    Wow, what a wonderful friends and their life☆☆☆ This post kind of reminded me of the drama "little house in the prairie" a little, although theirs are not that old. I admire them for their bond and pursuit for their dream like that. Yes, I truly enjoyed the tour♡♡♡

    PS> It is bed time on Friday, but for you it is the morning that one of your friend's s having a tough day. Praying for your friend from Japan!!!
    Lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  6. Hi Barbara, It's neat to see when someone makes their dream come true. They have a lovely home and seem to be really enjoying their lifestyle.

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  7. Good morning Barbara, that is the sweetest story. I am so happy for your sister and hubby. Everyone should pursue their dreams. I am sure they will have a bountiful and fulfilling life. Thanks for sharing their story.

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  8. Hi Barbara - I enjoyed your photos. I grew up on a farm and lived in a big old farmhouse. I love all the open space and the visiting animals. Gathering up the eggs was always my job.

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  9. Their new homeplace is lovely! I can see it as a dream for many! Me, I'm a city girl for sure. Love the photos!!
    hugs, Linda

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  10. Barbara F.,
    Hello! This is such an American dream story. Thank you for sharing it and I for one am very happy to see their dream came true...

    Pat

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  11. What a lovely, marvelous story! Barbara, this is yet another example of how small a world it is. Wytheville is very special to me. It's where Todd and I would meet, back in our dating days. It was the halfway point between where he lived, in Huntsville, and where I lived, in Maryland. He, the kids and I enjoyed all sorts of fun days and activities over the course of quite a few weekends. Wytheville is where I picked out my engagement ring. It's also become the halfway point for all our visits back and forth, since then. I'm confident the two will be quite happy in lovely Wytheville, Virginia! :)

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  12. That is just too fun! There is something about space that somehow closes the gap between our hearts and God's. Hoping wherever we are, we all hear clearly from Him today!

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  13. Yes! A perfect fit for Farmgirl Friday indeed.. Thank you so much for sharing it... I especially love the photo of Maureen in her bathrobe headed for the hen house to collect eggs... It's a farmgirl thing!

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  14. Wow!!!A dream becomes reality...fantastic!!Beautiful house and beautiful photos.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. Barbara, they are not far from my "neck of the woods!" This move has been a huge step for them, probably with a bit of "culture shock!" Things are very different in the rural areas of southwest Virginia from what would be found on Long Island, NY. Do they actually plan to make farming their way of life? Something will have to be done about the heating situation very soon because there can be very cold winters in that area. I'm intrigued by their decision.

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  16. I guess dreams really do come true! I would love to live in a farmhouse and have all sorts of animals! I am so happy for your friends, they have a lot of hard work ahead but I bet they are doing it with smiles on their faces! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. Looks like a lot of work, but the kind that comes with a lot of fulfillment and a good nights sleep at the end of the day! Congrats to your friends:@)

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  18. Oh I sure enjoyed the tour! Good for them, they made their dream come true. I love the house and the wonderful animals. I could get use to those breakfast meals! Ha, love the phone sign on the little out house.

    Happy weekend.
    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  19. More power to them! What a big change from Ny to farming....good for them. I think we all can simplify our lives! Their home is wonderful! Love what they did in the bathroom......
    Blessings to you & them,

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  20. Barbara, I enjoyed seeing your friends' new country home! They did a marvelous job renovating the bathroom, and you will have to show us what they will eventually do with the kitchen. They look so happy as they pursue their dreams.

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  21. Hello! New follower here, I found you on Deborah Jean's Dandelion House Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!
    Stopping in to invite you to my first, weekly Blog Hop! I’d love to have you link up with us!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/clever-chicks-blog-hop-1.html
    Cheers,
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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  22. Barbara, this is so exciting! Wytheville, VA, is probably less than two hours from where I live. I'm so impressed with what your friends are doing. I can tell they're going to make a success of this venture. I loved the photos of the house and the surrounding views. This is one of my favorite posts that you've done. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  23. I love their home because it reminds me so much of the house I grew up in. We had gardens and greenhouses. For a short time we even had my Grandfather's chickens. There were also two outhouses, though they had turned into storage/garbage bins well before we moved into that house.

    Now your friends' outhouse is fancier than ours with the real commode. Hee hee!

    I love animals and have always wanted to live on a farm. I think I need to just pack up and move in with them!

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  24. Barbara what a wonderful tribute to my sister and brother in-law! I love all the photos you chose. I especially like the photos of the grapes and your cute comment.From what I hear sometime in the future they will be picking their own apples! I cant't wait to visit in a few weeks. Although I like living in Florida nothing beats the breathtaking fall foliage .

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  25. Thanks for taking us along on the tour of your friend's farm house. Isn't it great to follow one's dreams and they come true??!! Hooray for them!!

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  26. This is indeed a drastic change in lifestyle! No heat!! That alsmost seems like the mose extreme change to me. The farm is so charming, though, I can see why they were so interested in moving there. The floors are beautiful and so is the door. I think it would be nice to have the animals wandering in from the neighbors. Best of luck to them in this adventure! Linda

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  27. What a wonderful thing to get to do in life...
    seeing a dream being fulfilled. I love the simpler times and commend people who take on the challenge!

    They have a beautiful home. Thanks to you and them for allowing you to show it!
    via SSS, Pat

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  28. What a beautiful bucolic setting~ I can see the appeal although no heat or ac would be a challenge for me! Best of luck to them in their new home and adventures in country living :)

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  29. It is a beautiful home and countryside / what a wonderful and interesting post!

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  30. How wonderful to make your dream come true. Wishing them all the best.

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  31. Oh wow I share the same dream. I have wanted to get out of the city my whole life. Maybe someday. It looks like Heaven to me. Thanks for sharing it.

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  32. Thanks for sharing on my blog fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/09/farm-girl-friday-blog-fest-2.html. I personally enjoyed this because I moved from Rockville Centre, Long Island to Virginia where we have a farm and raise chickens, ducks and a paint horse surprisingly similar in appearance to the one pictured here.

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  33. Wow, what a change! I love their farmhouse and their life! Love their little outhouse! And the best thing is that their dream became reality! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  34. Barbara, What a wonderful tour of your friend's dream home. I love their farm life. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  35. I admire people who follow their dreams, despite the obstacles that must be overcome. I'm sure they have plans for staying warm in the cold season. I enjoyed reading about their adventure so far.

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  36. Just Beautiful...everything, the house, the view, the animals, the green pastures to the grapes- Blessings to this wonderful couple for achieving their dream and living it. In love with the fireplace..that appears to be in a bedroom? Gorgeous. Our family is almost there...in the process of purchasing our first home with a bit of land, that our children can enjoy and learn the simple life of gardening and animals..Blessings again from http://fourfarming.blogspot.com/

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  37. So great that they were able to follow their dream. Just wondering...did they purchase the house a while before they moved? You mentioned they had it as a screensaver. Wondering if they just saw it, fell in love and waited for it come on the market?
    xoGinger

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