these people.

8.22.2012

(nana, chloe, rayvn, zephyr, kazan)

The city dares you to let your words be heard. The woods dare you to silence them; just to listen for a while. It's something I've learned this summer, flitting between the two extremes of bustling metropolis and quiet haunts. The list of cities I'd like to visit someday is a long one, yet something inside me knows I'll always come back to woodland life. To country life, to lake life, to farm life, to prairie life. To sky-in-every-direction life. 
  • s'mores
  • catching frogs
  • canoeing around the bay
  • naps in the sun
  • wearing pyjamas, too-big sweatshirts, and glowsticks twenty four seven
  • laughing a lot
  • kicking out the boys so we could have a girl's night
  • inviting the boys back in the morning to make us pancakes (those guys. they are wonderful.)
  • playing with the chickens
  • llama kisses from alice and opal
That was the agenda for our weekend spent back at the cabin and in the bush (cousins' farm in the middle of nowhere). I didn't think much of these photos at the time, but looking through them now - they are some of my very favourites. It's not so much the angles or the light or the colours. It's these people. It's Kazan's animated bonfire stories and Chloe's ability to catch fourteen frogs in one net. It's Rayvn's quirky little dances and Meadow's way of understanding and sharing my bizarre sense of humour. It's not me who makes my favourite photos. It's these people.

They're pretty great.

29 comments:

  1. okay, the shot of her nuzzling the llama is just too beautiful. i don't know. i just keep looking at it. people should do that more. this is beautiful. :)

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  2. this is so precious. i just love it.

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  3. this is totally amazing, Abbey. wow. just speechless. {not wordless. just speechless.}

    love love love the llamas. and the lake shots are pretty fabulous too. :)

    xo,
    Mikailah @ finding beauty
    www.maid4him.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow, the post and the photos are beautiful. I would love to have that sort of experience one day.

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  5. vinyl cafe, yes, love that!
    i'm so happy for all this escape-time of yours!

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    1. i'm pretty grateful for this escape time, too. also, i love you for loving vinyl cafe.

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  6. wowow. these are fabulous and so full of love and authenticity, I just adore it to pieces. can I come visit you in your sky-in-every-direction life?

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  7. I love that shot of the two different bridge scenes- daylight and evening :-)

    -Gabby

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  8. Gabby, I just sighed a huge (OUT-LOUD) 'Oh my goodness.' I am really speechless.

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    1. Whoops. THAT was weird. So sorry -- I meant 'Abbie' not 'Gabby'!!

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  9. That looks like such fun! I love the llama shots especially!

    Anna x

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  10. Llamas!
    That's it. I'm coming on holiday with you next summer okay?

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  11. I love EVERYTHING about this, Abbey. Especially the mud-covered feet and cuddly-looking llamas.

    Like you, I am also one of the people that, at the end of the day, enjoys country joys better than the hustle of the city.

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  12. This is absolutely amazing, Abbey. All of it.

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  13. Love this, Abbey. It reminds me of woodland and summer and simple life. Just perfect.

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  14. oh-so-lovely.... woodland summers and simplicity are the most scrumptious things imaginable. and that capture of the moody-footed girls strolling down the lane? takes me straight back to eight years old. thank you, Abbey.

    xo

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  15. I think I could go on in a cliche manner about how much I LOVE these photos, but really, words can't express how much they resonate within my heart. They bring back memories I share with my sister, and anticipation of near return to my favorite place. Thank you!

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  16. I love the photographs. Have I mentioned I'm jealous of your llamas? :)
    - Jessica (neverland, on flickr)

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  17. Thanks for sharing these, Abbey! I hadn't seen any pictures of Gene and Patti's new cabin, so now I can get a visual! It's so nice that you are able to go there and spend time with the fam. Has your mother spent a night there with no plumbing/running water?!?!

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    1. It was a good time. Mom has been there, but she didn't come along this time. And I'm not sure if she could spend the night with no plumbing/running water (but don't tell her i said that). ;)
      Miss you lots!

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  18. YAY CHICKENS! and yay family and amazing people! one day I'm going to have a house like this. and you can come visit all you want. just so you know.

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  19. I love these pictures. They make me want to love these people, too.

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  20. I love how you describe the difference between the city and the woods. It's strange that you can live in an overpopulated city and still feel alone or live in a place of less than a hundred people and feel part of a community. I love the image of the girls with muddied legs walking.

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  21. aww llamas! so adorable!
    ps: we're hosting a surprise painting giveaway on our blog this week - you're invited!
    http://chestnutmocha.blogspot.com/2012/08/painting-giveaway.html
    katie

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  22. Giiiirrl, these photos are amazing. Looks like so much fun.

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  23. I just came across your blog and wow, it was an instant follow. I just adore your photos and your words. If you don't mind me asking, what equipment do you use?

    Have a lovely day,
    Bree

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