Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Where I Come From



I grew up on a small farm in a remote area of California. When I go home to visit, I love the nostalgic feeling that completely overwhelms me as soon as I pull up on the property. Immediately, I am taken back to my childhood days of playing until dark, warm summer nights, and drinking grape Kool Aide. Our farm is in the middle of nowhere, with the nearest grocery store being 30 miles away. I spent many summers hanging out with my brother and playing cards with my auntie. Now that I am older, I realize that I grew up in a very unique place, and I am always happy to come back home.

Where do you come from?


The path to my grandparents house.


Biking on the property.


My favorite red tractor.


Vintage cars are all over the property.




My uncle still drives this old Ford.


Dusk is my favorite time of day.




I made apricot jam. Details to come on Food Friday.

39 comments:

  1. Your childhood sounds absolutely magical, Marcie! I was born in the midwest, spent a few years in the Philippines when I was little, but most of my formative years were spent here in sunny Los Angeles, Ca :)

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I grew up in the suburbs in Alabama - nothing like this :)

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  3. what a beautiful place to grow up. imagine all the sweet memories you have ;) I am also a dusk lover and spend most of my life in brazil!

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  4. Marcie, that looks like such a wonderful place to grow up and you obviously have such happy memories of your childhood. That is so wonderful!! Loved seeing these pics:) ~ Tina xx

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  5. Awww such a great place to grow up in...It really sounds amazing and so lovely:) I love the vinage cars...Hope you are having a fun and sunny day:)
    Kisses,darling

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  6. Marcie, I have always said I should have been a farmers wife!. I could live on a farm raising chicken and making jam any day.

    That old ford is incredibly cool. I do love how farmers use things until they can't anymore.

    I was born in Kenya. I left when I was 6 and then England was home for a bit.

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  7. Hi Marcie - gorgeous - love that vintage car. I still live in the town where I grew up so I can totally relate. Luckily the town grew with me so it now feels like the place I knew and a new place for my family - if that makes sense? Anyway - you childhood looks idyllic. Lou x

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  8. When I was growing up, my hometown was half farm land...going back now, it is totally different, new home developments and large shopping malls are now standing where we used to see cows roaming the fields...sad really :(

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  9. Wonderful pictures, great town where you grew up!

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  10. How fun! Love your images. Can't wait to hear about your peach jam! I LOVE jams. We currently have fig jam and blueberry jam in our fridge now, from my husband's grandmother (who lives in a small town). :)

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  11. It looks completely beautiful.
    I am from a tiny beach town in the suburbs of new york and I get the same nostalgia every time we come out here.


    xx
    Nikki

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  12. Wow!!! That looks amazing!!!!!! I grew up in a couple of different places. All small towns in NC but not remote. I love all of your pictures and can't wait to hear about this jam! :)

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  13. lovely pictures. it looks so peaceful!

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  14. That is just how my hubs grew up...except in Minnesota. It must have been a magical childhood! I grew up running on the beach in FLA!

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  15. i bet it was so fun growing up there! i spent a few years of my childhood in south carolina and i loved the freedom of running around and going to the creek feeling like a free child

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  16. I grew up in a very, very small town :)

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  17. Love it, I grew up in the country too small little town... 45 miles away from the next small little town... it was a wonderful and very secure place to grow up... and I love going back, because it all seems so endearingly simple to me now! :)

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  18. wow, this must have been such an awesome place to grow up! i love how it seems unaffected and unphased by all the hustle and bustle of the city! how peaceful!

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  19. looks like you had a great experience as a child - those photos are gorge and homemade apricot jams are the best!!1 simply divine...

    XOXO
    Kiki

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  20. This reminds me so much of how I grew up! Haha. I wonder why? Your pictures are so cool, Marcie. I love your favorite red tractor, my dad has one that looks just like it in blue. I can't wait to see the details of your apricot jam!

    xo
    Valerie

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  21. Must be the vintage trucks that take me back to my childhood memories growing up in Mexico.

    Greetings from a Mexican mommy living in Europe

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  22. ooh! that jam is gonna be yummy!!

    http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

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  23. Your child hood sounds so sweet and ideal...right down to the apricot jam!

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  24. what a sweet post!

    love the picture of the old truck w/ the sun. beautiful! (all of them!)

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  26. Marcie - I totally grew up on the farm! Seriously. I could show you some photos of an old tractor and a couple old trucks that may have come from the same plant as the ones your family owns. How cool is that? How many students in your high school graduating class? I had 28...largest class in 30 years. woops!

    Just love to learn more about you. Very, very cool. xoxo-Carrie

    ps- can't wait to see the jam. my mom makes jam for me every time she visits...so homesick :(

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  27. Beautiful place to grow up and yes please on the apricot jam recipe!

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  28. I grew up in the burbs of central Florida. Within a short drive of beaches and theme parks, but nothing special.

    Can I just say that apricot jam is pretty much my favorite thing in the world. I will put it on any bread product.

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  29. This looks like such a great place to grow up -- so gorgeous. I'm from a suburb JUST outside of Minneapolis made infamous by the "Mighty Ducks" movies, but my mom grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. Your home actually reminds me a lot of hers, from the tractors to the vintage cars!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  30. What a beautiful farm Marcie! Love the path to your Grandparents! Love the vintage cars! Oh, kool-aide, cherry was my fave!

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  31. this is such a lovely story.. and oh my goodness, those old cars!! make my heart le sigh.

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  32. Your home is amazing! What a fabulous place to grow up. xx

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  33. These photos are wonderful!
    I myself am a Jersey girl. Not the Jersey shore/Jerseylicious kind. I'm from Hudson County. We're a tough breed. ; ) I literally live on top of the Lincoln Tunnel and it takes me about 5 minutes to get into NYC and I love it.

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  34. What a beautiful place, and pictures, too!

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  35. Don't get me wrong, Marcie. I am as addicted to those shows as you are. Everyone knows not to bother Erica while Jersey Shore is on. LOL! ; )

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  36. Um, how about that makes two of us! Chris usually hates it when I rewind, but he was trying to get me to play it in slow mo! hahaha! I can't freaking stand Angelina. (excuse the Jersey in me) And if I was Sammi and saw big a** Jennie coming after me I think I would grab a weapon. LOL! Can you tell I am excited for the new season or what!? ; )

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  37. Very fortunate, indeed!!! That is a fantastic area. And a photographers dream, wow! I am from San Antonio, nothing too cool, but it treated me well. 8-) I am your newest follower.

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  38. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Looks like an idyllic place to have grown up :)

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