For many years we lived in the typical suburban setting; two-story Cape Cod in the right school district and with large and grassy yards front, sides, and back. On a quiet cul-de-sac with miles of boulevard roads for bike riding. A community winter skating rink with warming house and a community pool.
It was just the right place for our two children. The large backyard had plenty of room for volleyball, croquet, badminton and other games. The grass was great for the dogs to romp and play. There were flower gardens front and back for my husband to tend. There was a deck and a patio for outdoor sitting and entertaining. And a screened porch for rainy days.
Part of our suburban backyard. We had just lost a huge crabapple tree and replaced it with a Serviceberry.
Now the woods make up our backyard. We have no grass at all. Not one blade to mow. We have lots of leaves, but we don't have to pick them up...we just let them fall. We have a screen porch for rainy days and a large deck for sunny ones.
Ellie climbing the rock steps on a misty day.
Yes, we have chairs and benches in the woods.
We have our own little creek
Some of our trees have faces
made by a local potter
We often look out to see Pileated Woodpeckers
And the occasional white squirrel for which Transylvania County is well known
How do you transition from an idealistic suburban setting to the hilly woods? Easily, dear reader. Easily. The suburban setting was perfect when our children were growing up. And now, in our retirement, the woods are perfect for us.
And I have loved both.