I love country life.
There is no place in this entire world that I would rather be
but right where I am right now.
Since ten years ago, when we left the suburbs for full-time farm living,
I have never once looked back and missed suburbia.
From the moment that my feet landed on farm soil,
I felt like I was home:
exactly where I was always meant to be.
And that's a really great feeling!
One of my favorite things is running errands and driving through the countryside.
Yesterday, I had to have new tires put on my car.
We try to use local businesses whenever possible.
This is our tire shop...
(on the left)
I love these rural scenes,
and this slower-paced rural life.
Having spent the first half of my life in such a different environment,
has, perhaps, given me a much deeper appreciation for this quiet, country life.
Besides having tires put on my car,
we spent much of yesterday running necessary errands:
to the produce market for veggies (now that our garden is winterized),
and to the feed store for animal feed.
Once home, I spent a little time just taking photos around the farm,
getting used to a new camera.
You see, while we were in Africa there was never a minute when my camera
was not on me.
Unfortunately, one day, while eating lunch at our camp,
I hung my camera on the back of my chair.
Not realizing the weight ratio of camera to chair,
when I stood up, the chair toppled over...
sending the camera crashing to the ground.
A wave of nausea came over me.
I had read that safari's have a tendency to eat cameras,
so I had fortunately packed a back-up.
But, sadly, my "good" digital SLR camera stopped focusing properly.
I was heart sick.
Once home, I sent it in for repairs, hoping for an easy fix.
Yesterday the estimate for repairs on both the camera
and my 70 - 300 zoom lens arrived in my email.
I swallowed hard.
Repairs were quite salty.
Now I had to make the decision -
to repair or replace.
A trip to Costco for Ritz crackers (and a couple other things... but mostly for Ritz...
you know we go through them by the case),
and I found this...
a newer version of my exact injured camera and my exact injured lens...
for just slightly more than the price to repair...
and added in was another smaller lens, camera bag, 2 batteries, and a SD card.
The decision was made.
I have to tell you... I love this camera.
The lens is powerful.
It's everything that I need it to be.
And... the price was right.
So.... being in love with my camera,
I spent a good deal of time playing with it.
As you can see.
I had very good subjects.
This country gal, who is happy just by rights of being in the middle of this
just got a little happier!
My camera is like an old friend...and like old friends...
is hard to live without!