City mouse

New York is pretty much perfect right now. The weather is cool and the roses are still kicking. The museums were all free last night and Shakespeare in the Park has already started. I took a windows-down cab ride along 5th avenue and the boy I was with let me sit parkside so I could enjoy the view. I truly and honestly love my city, the city to end all cities, but I just can't for the life of me figure out if I'm a city girl masquerading as a country mouse or vise versa. Or worse, both.
This conundrum has been rattling around in my brain for 9 years now and it's painfully obvious. I can't remember that last time I shared anything remotely city (maybe my trip to the Met?), a pretty funny omission since I live in the citiest of all cities around. One of my looming summer goals is to really try to love New York not just in a theoretical way. Love it through experiencing it, of course, and also love it by getting the hell out of it as much as possible.

30 comments:

  1. Ale and Quail Society! Thats just the best!!!!

    This place looks like my perfect country home!

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  2. I loved seeing more of your pictures, and my heart skipped a beat when I saw the wood cook-range... the same one I cooked on for several months while living in a cabin in New England. It may be romantic, but it's also very real having to light a fire every morning to cook my eggs or pancakes.

    Thanks as always for a lovely posting. Weather is about perfect now in DC too, especially since I picked my first two raspberries today and have been eating lettuce from the garden for two weeks!

    Ciao,
    Andrew

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  3. love all those pics... wish i could be lucky to be allowed to travel US... new york starting from buffallo (which i live near the border) will be my first trip...

    JJRod'z

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  4. oh how i wish i could be in new york for the summer!

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  5. I feel exactly the same about London, and have done for the last few years. I too have decided to get out and LIVE IN LONDON this summer, not just live in my flat which happens to be in London. Have fun in New York! x

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  6. I feel a bit of the same actually. I live in the downtown core of Ottawa, Canada's capital city, but I grew up in the country. I adore my city and all it has to offer, but sometimes I just want to get the hell out and be surrounded by trees and nature. Is it bad I didn't even realize you lived in NY? XD

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  7. Maybe you should totally just enjoy the best of both worlds as the wise & worldly mouse you are!

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  8. I hear you on this one. I take for granted the incredible experiences right here and spend so much time pining to be elsewhere while the thought of leaving for good makes me shudder. That's what makes New York the elusive love that it is: the ups and downs. Looks like you might be close to achieving the perfect balance.

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  9. Amazing images! i really enjoyed this post i i so know how your feel.

    Zoe
    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/

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  10. Ro, you are pretty much a one man ale and quail society and you definitely need signage saying so.

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  11. Ohb these pictures are beautiful. I know how you feel regarding the city girl/country girl thing. Whenever I'm in the city I feel like I'm a born city girl, and then I feel the same when I retreat to the country...
    Sirens and Bells xx

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  12. Amazing pictures, as always! :)

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  13. I often feel the very same way... I enjoy my city but so rarely identify with it deeply or feel compelled to share it. Like you, I'd like to rectify that this summer. It may simply start with carrying my camera more often!

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  14. I, honest to goodness, am not even a little bit a city mouse. I lived in downtown Boston for a couple of years and just didn't want to do it anymore. I can barely handle New York City, if I have to.

    I really really enjoy your country mouse posts and pictures. So, no complaints here! Although, I'd love to see your life in the city - especially your dwellings.

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  15. The city mouse thrives because of its country retreat!

    ~Dona

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  16. I think it speaks volumes that we see much more of Elmwood and pretty country visits than occasions in the city....
    Wherever you are, I really enjoy your writing.

    Sarah

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  17. Just a quick quote from one of your relatives,“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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  18. I love your photos.

    I live on Long Island, and I love the city by only going in once a year or so... so it still seems special and exciting.

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  19. wow, i feel exactly the same way about my city, sf. i can't believe i live here now, always thinking i was a country mouse all growing up. but i have been here 8yrs and i could not love this city more and the idea of moving out freaks me out! i can't believe may be a city mouse now...and my city affords more natural beauty than most, so it's a good compromise.

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  20. very nice indeed. I'm sure Elmond has a lot more to say, but your pictures and words are a gift for us all.

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  21. New York sounds absolutely lovely! By the way, I love your stove!

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  22. These images of elmwood are so beautiful and quiet. I love that. I too deal with the city vs. country constantly. It is so nice to have both and be able to leave or go back when ever necessary. Though it would be so nice to live secluded for years at a time..

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  23. Your posts make me feel disastrously homesick in the most delicious way. More photos please. More posts too! Love everything about your little space xo

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  24. I sometimes imagine myself napping in my home in Montana, gathering green shale to build a patio with my brother and dad or waking up to my mom and dad making huckleberry pancakes and gooseberry cobbler. What can I say, it's a part of me I can't deny.

    Your blog is the only one I have been getting on to read recently, It feels like many of the others are just a repeat. Thanks for some great bloggin', Keep it up! I know its not always easy to get on and write somedays. :)

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  25. Encore de très belles photos... cette cuisinière est superbe... j'aimerais beaucoup avoir la même...

    Laura

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  26. I'm in love with the flower vase. So distinct.

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