"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Switz or bust!

buy Katie Daisy's awesome art here

Tomorrow I'll leave for Switzerland with my mom and kids.
Due to 22"+ expected total snow, who knows if we'll make it out.
Although I hear that, much like Sochi,
it's warmer there with less snow!

I was born in Geneva, Switzerland.
My parents were there pursuing degrees, and working.
We moved to the States soon, but travelled frequently.
My Father was British so I spent considerable time in England as well.
He worked for World Health Organization and we visited many wonderful countries.

 "The World is a Book and those who do not travel read only one page".
~ St. Augustine

When I was a kid I did NOT appreciate it.
I wanted to be home for the holidays and build friendships.
We moved back to Switzerland when I was in 6th grade.
That's where I really became a rider as my folks allowed me free range 
riding a friends ponies through the Swiss countryside, bareback.
Then we moved back to a new part of Maryland .
I was bribed to agree with promises of my first horse...
That I had to work and save to buy and care for myself.
(but that's another story)

I think that it's because of so much travelling at a young age, that I've become a real homebody.
My kids, they just love the farm.

Just over a year ago the kids drew our farmhouse with crooked chimney while travelling with Gramma JoJo in Williamsburg. I LOVE these pics!

I've been back to Europe since to visit old friends, but it's been too long.
And my generous mother felt it important that my kids see where I came from
(and have fun skiing real mountains AND MEET THEIR BABY COUSIN in Austria)

It's very hard to leave my farm.
Emotionally and practically.
The Farmer is staying behind to ease the latter.
but that just makes the former worse...

Please say a prayer for every.body~ staying n going!
(I'm quite worried about the 21bodies staying n coping with snowmageddon)


Lori Skoog said...

This is a great post! You are a true traveler and hopefully your plane will be able to get you where you are going. Love the kids drawings...they show a LOT of happiness. I know what you mean about having a hard time leaving the farm and your critters. It happens very seldom around here. Enjoy your vacation!!!!

Vintage Country Girl said...

I hope you all have a GREAT time. Thank you so much for the Valentine's card and craft. I LOVE it. Thanks Friend!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Leslie, I am praying for a safe trip for all, as well as those who are left tending the farm. I SO relate to the homebody thing. I'd love to travel, but it rips my heart out to leave "my babies" and the farm in general :) You have had, and continue to have, a very full and interesting life. I loved reading about it all!! Thanks so much, and I look forward to the Switz pics and stories.. enjoy and savor every moment! -Tammy