In late April, we moved from the far side of our city to a small outlying town on the far opposite side of our metro area. We moved from one green built home to another, but the landscape couldn't be more different for moving only 19 miles. We moved from a 1536 square foot home on a lot that was under 3000 square feet (including driveway, sidewalks, etc.). We moved to a bit larger home (better suits our work at home/homeschooling/kids moving closer to teens) with the total lot size more than three times the size of our last home. Our square footage is still less than "average", but after living in such a small space for so long, it feels huge to us. A big part of the change though really is the landscape.
The views are amazing. We are atop a hill and surrounded by fields on 3 sides. The birds swoop and sing. The grasses and wildflowers sway in the breeze. The storms roll through and we can see rain from dozens of miles away. The lightning! At night it is quiet and the moon and stars are so so clear. The sunsets are stunning.
It is a great feeling to move from the bottom of a hill where neighbors walking by would wave at us through the windows to a panorama of rolling hills, swaying grasses and wildflowers, distant silos, and so much quiet. I stand outside every single night looking at that sky. We open windows wide at night and peer through our telescope to see moon, stars, and even birds landing on thistles far across a field.
We were waiting for our base landscaping grass to establish before we started working on our new permaculture beds and plantings. I am happy we had time to sit here and feel the winds, see how much sun we get, and observe the wildlife. It will help us create a more balanced garden for this environment. And now I also know that we need a place to lay down and look at the stars.
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, permaculture designer, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two young adults in south central Wisconsin.
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