Escape to the Country

Escape to the Country

Seems we all have our escape mechanisms when life gets difficult. Some of us unwind in front of the TV, some have a drink or two, some take a nap, and the list goes on. When life becomes too busy or the stress starts baring down on my shoulders, I like to escape to the country.  Something about the fresh air and all that open space on a beautiful day just calms my nerves, so it’s not unusual for me to ask hubby to go for a drive in the country. 

Red Barns in the Country via Town and Country LivingPart of me wishes I lived on a farm so I could enjoy bucolic scenes like this everyday. 


Red Country Barn - think I’d enjoy letting the cows out to the pasture and then herding them back in at day’s end.


Cow on a Farm in IllinoisIsn’t he cute? I can’t help but smile when I see farm animals, which is another reason why I love to escape to the country when life starts feeling claustrophobic.  The animals make me happy!


Country Lane in IllinoisAnother thing I love about wandering the country roads is that you never know what’s around the next bend in the road. So much to explore and discover!


Rustic Barn on a Country RoadYou turn the corner and are greeted by a beautiful rustic barn. The country scenes inspire me and make me forget what was bothering me to begin with. You certainly can’t live creatively inspired when the cares of the world are dragging you down.


Rustic Barns on a Country Road in IllinoisA little further down the road is this dynamic duo.  The building on the left is a cement corn crib.


White farm house on the Illinois prairieAcross the road is the farm house to which these barns belong. I could live here. In fact, I would love to live here!  Then I could escape to the country every day of my life.


Old Silo on an Illinois farmAn abandoned silo near a country lane beckons you to come closer. If this were mine I think I’d create a cozy dining spot inside. Wouldn’t it be romantic to dine in that cozy spot?


Farm field at sunsetFor me, the beauty of farm fields and barns is just as breathtaking as a view of the ocean. The air is fresh and clean out here, the traffic is minimal, and the sounds of nature are all around. An escape to the country is like a mini vacation for me … even if it’s just for an hour or two.  What’s one of your favorite ways to de-stress and unwind so that you can live creatively inspired?


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  1. Jennifer, I live in the country…on a small farm. You’re right, It’s wonderful to step out your back door, and smell the fresh air and hear nothing but nature. Sometimes a walk in the pasture is all I need to clear my head for a while. This was a wonderful article…and right on target! You’re very wise to understand the beauty that God has given us! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy
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  2. Wise words, Jennifer. I enjoy drives in the country, too. And like you, really appreciate the simple beauty. One of the things I love about going to Galveston, TX is that not only am I on the coast ( beach), but there are fields with old buildings and meandering cattle, too. The best of both worlds!
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