It was often like having just moved into a dwelling on Earth, after having lived for 7 years on another planet.
The Language, the Look of it, the Sound of it , the Smell of it !
All totally foreign and different from what we had grown used to .. what used to be home was suddenly different, nowhere we had been before ..
Home was South .. where we still had trouble understanding what they said ..
Summer was a good time to see it .. lush, overgrown, untended gardens that tempted those 2 people who were stunned with the greenness, the possibilities, but not the work, cost and poison ivy and deer.
That would come later.
There was a perfect in- ground pool, we never opened it.
There was a nice hammock, rotting over the ivy there, mixed with masses of poison ivy .. we never used it ..
We had to hire someone to do the mowing and back breaking work, my husband got all excited about the riding lawn mower but then it became a pain in the neck ... but he liked doing it.
The city boy grown up and finally getting to mow the grass on a riding lawn mower ..
I have photos .. big grin .. I shake my head at the memory .. delighted to mow the grass.
After he was gone, there was no way I was going to get on the lawn mower ... go near poison ivy and snakes.
So the yard man was hired. They were worth the money, Autumn in Upstate NY is gorgeous .. fall leaves .. falling leaves .. raking while they fall .. call someone to come help !!
I remember wishing we had bought the old falling down house with tons of charm , that made my imagination go wild, House Beautiful , Traditional Home, my reading material ..chatting with the men at the garden shops about fertilizer etc.
The trees were so massive in the summer, there was a meteor shower and we had to walk out into the corn field so we could see the sky .. it was a good shower ... the sky was so black ... no glow from city lights there !
And the quiet .. Going from the city of Buenos Aires to this quiet bit of peacefulness, kept us awake at night ... it was SO quiet !!
I miss it.