Posing in the Country

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa

Maybe it is because my ancestors were farmers.

Perhaps I just enjoy a different pace of life.

Whatever the reason, I love the country.

I wouldn’t have a problem wearing flannel shirts, jeans, boots and a hat every day. Then at meal time I would throw on an apron to make homemade biscuits, ham, green beans and peach cobbler for dessert.

Big sky, rustic fences, silos, horses, tractors, cows, rolls of hay, and miles of wide open spaces. Most of all, it is quiet.

The country is very quiet and peaceful.

I could hear animals and buzzing bees.

Smells of freshly tilled soil and hay wafted through the air.

Later in the day when the sun wasn’t so bright overhead, there were big puffs of white clouds that floated slowly across a clear, blue sky.

On a seemingly endless rocky road, we started taking photos. Of course, my viewfinder loves my daughter whether she is posing or just walking around being herself.

I didn’t really dig the masks on the horses, but it sure was a beautiful stable.

A lovely abandoned, dilapidated house was a great backdrop. We both would have loved to go inside and explore, but our fear of spiders and snakes was too great.

You know you’re in the country when the caution sign has a tractor on it.

A beautiful girl set against a view that lets the mind relax in the simplistic setting.

Corn. The staple for the first settlers in America. Today, the bright green leaves stretched for miles.

We happened upon a little stream that trickled over the rocks.

The little wooden bridge over the stream was the perfect backdrop or so we thought. A truck went over the bridge while we were on it and the whole thing shook. It scared us both and we hurried to get back on solid ground!

Silos. Nothing says farm like a large silo against the sky.


Llama…not the typical farm animal.

Trips like these make me never want to return to the city and I long to have a stay at home career.


The Redhead Riter


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1 DeanO June 1, 2010 at 1:48 am

Awesome pictures – Karen and I knew that we were in the country, or the deep south when we saw a "Not my Cow" sign


2 Tim @ Families Again June 1, 2010 at 2:08 am

Beautiful shots. Did you just take these? If so, Alyssa is looking great. At any rate, you have created great memories. I love the country as well. Absolutely love it!



3 The Redhead Riter June 1, 2010 at 2:18 am

Yep! I just took them. She is 25 pounds lighter, can't remember much, but is still beautiful and trying to be happy even though she is still frightened.


4 Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike June 1, 2010 at 2:57 am

Is this your daughter who was in the hospital?

The country sounds like a wonderful place to live. Very nice photos.


5 Ashley June 1, 2010 at 3:02 am

Wow, great photos! She's beautiful. I love the cowboy boots. I hope she is recovering well!


6 Shay June 1, 2010 at 4:08 am

Alyssa looks great – and like she's a down home country girl, ready for work on the farm! 🙂 Very pretty pictures!


7 The Redhead Riter June 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

Yes, Ellen Marie. Alyssa is the one who was in the hospital. She is my only child. She does look "great," but she still is not out of the woods yet. I am trying to help keep things calm around her because her brain is still having seizures although her body is not. Rather scary still.


8 PJ June 1, 2010 at 5:38 am

Hey Gal! Gorgeous pictures as well as gorgeous subjects. I wish I could take pictures like that! Lynette of Crazed Mind and I were talking about "country living" earlier. As I told her, I love the country as far as the peacefulness of it, wouldn't mind having goats, but I don't like chickens (phobia because when I was little, my sisters banny rooster would get me down on the ground a practically peck me to death) and horses scare me because my ex-sister-in-law was killed by a horse taking off with her and she lost control. The beauty and peacefulness as well as fresh veggies, I LOVE.




9 Oh Sew Good June 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

Very beautiful pictures and your daughter looks like a natural model. I can't imagine what it's like for you both.


10 Amy June 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

I'm a country girl and love it!! Your daughter is beautiful..wishing you both the very best.


11 Making Sense of It All - Day by Day June 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Hi Sherry,

Alyssa looks like the day in the country with you was GREAT for her. Beautiful natural surroundings are sooo healing and it sounds like you both soaked it in. I'm happy that you have your times with each other. I'm at my best with my daughter too and she, with me. Love, Joyce


12 Lesa Antone June 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Hello, Fellow Redhead!!

I love your pics!! Saw your profile on MBC and had to stop by to see what you are writing about!!


Hope to chat soon!


13 Rhondamum June 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Your daughter, pictures and blog are breath taking. I feel like I just had a mini vacation. I live in the mountains of TN so appreciate the country. My dream is an old farm house on some land. Sorry to hear your daughter is in the hospital. I will keep you both in my prayers. xoxo Rhonda…


14 Suzie June 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Post, pictures, and daughter all beautiful.


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