Monday, October 27, 2014

Progressive Intrusion!

We are never present with,
but always beyond ourselves.
Fear, desire, and hope are still pushing us on toward the future.

                              Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


There is no place in the world I would rather be, or spend my time doing than sitting on that century maple tree branch lying on my mossy rock in the middle of the bush high on the ridge. With pen and paper in hand and my feet stretched out on the limb watching over this world of familiarity and mystery. This is my world where the outside world disappears and everything that may be spinning stops.

Peace, harmony and balance dwell back here in this bush now full of naked trees with dangling orange tape blowing in the wind bringing an uncertainty into this world of mine. The birds still sing, the trees still whisper and the deer still dance but change is coming. I wonder if they see it too.

Over thirty five years ago a young couple bought a beautiful farm at an auction and the world as they knew it turned upside down then turned right side up just as things in this world usually happen. This beautiful farm had a very big secret, one we did know of but chose to ignore never thinking it would ever be a problem.


There happens to be a right away access owned by a natural gas company and an oil company running right through the middle of this farm almost dividing it in half. Out of site of this very place I sit and dream while watching the animals play and those birds sing. It has never been a problem. Remember that old saying “Out of sight out of mind?”


I do know progress is a very good thing and actually someday I would like to think I could be enjoying that natural gas that runs through pipes under that land instead of constantly having to throw heavy wood in the stove when I am older. I also have to admit living in the country and having to drive everywhere I go does require that oil that is running under ground. I actually should never complain about progress and the needs of those resources. We did know this was all lurking under our land when we moved here and should have known there was always a possibility but I guess we were hoping that was as far as it would go. More demand changed all that.


As I watch the orange tape dangle from the trees not far from where I sit and dream I know my view and world will be changing soon. I also know you will still find me sitting here on that downed century maple tree limb lying on my mossy rock with paper and pen in hand. Progress or not.

Later


39 comments:

  1. When the Pres and I look back at how things have changed, our heads spin. No more wood for us either and although considering solar, we would have part with many, many trees, which we do not want to do!!...:)JP

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  2. Oh dear Buttons...... change is a double edge sword for sure........ think of you more often then I write........ Be well--Rain

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  3. Oh my . . . you are stirring me up . . .
    They aren't cutting the trees are they . . .
    You aren't leaving the farm are you . . .
    Oh my . . . adjusting to change . . . must be stirring you too.
    As Rain said, Be well . . . my friend . . .

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    1. Oh Lynne I am not sure about the trees but I do know I am not going anywhere. I am OK with change it is inevitable in life. It is going to be alright don't worry. Hug

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  4. Good part is that forests regenerate themselves. I get so upset when I see the bush wacking on the sides of the road so the sun can burn away at the snow. Not a country road has not been hit up here with this, but now two years later nature is taking over. You are right change will happen no matter what, we just adapt.

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  5. Progress or not....I am happy that you are accepting this change in your landscape. You are the only person I know, so far, that will have this happen to your property. It is heading our way eventually but over much protest. Over 40 years ago the Mactaquac Dam changed the life of part of the St. John River valley in our area forever. People cried and were so angry, some left, some moved to higher ground. In the end it was all good. It's progress and sometimes it's necessary to change the landscape. And yes, trees do grow again. Hugs.

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  6. Progress marches on.....

    Best of luck, with this change...

    And lots of hugs, also...

    Tessa~
    "Here there be musing" blog
    "Here there be more words" blog
    "Here there be whimsey" blog

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  7. You have a good outlook regardless so all will be well.

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  8. When the pipes goes in the ground, it will never be the same... My heart goes out to you. Your sacred place will be different.
    I hope that the progress does as little damage as possible.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. Oh, I so know what you mean about progress! the construction at the river has taken one of my favourite trees, and the pink chicory plants... They are also building new subdivisions all around me, cutting back on the ways I can walk...
    I just hope they leave you your precious maple branch!!!

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  10. Sorry to hear "progress' has caught up with you, Buttons! I wonder how much change the pipeline will create for you. I'm glad you have accepted this as something that's going to happen no matter what, as I fear it would be a waste of time and energy to fight it.

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  11. oh those pesky utility companies, and progress, even worse. i block it all out!! i live in my own little world here at the jersey shore and i could not be happier!!!

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  12. Hope the change does not happen for some time. I am not getting your newer posts showing up on my blog feed. Good thing I remember that you usually post on Mondays. Great images!

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    1. Hi Stephanie I do post EVERY Monday, Wednesday and Friday without fail regardless what Blogger is showing. Thank you for checking:) I have no idea what is going on. I think everyone is thinking I disappeared but I am still here:) Hug

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    2. I do know you post on those days for sure. I will bookmark your blog in case it does not show on Wednesday in my blog list. It is still not showing now. It shows the Friday post. Hugs back at cha!

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  13. Well I was reading the comments and it does sound like your kind of okay with this new change so I guess I will be okay with it too ( was worried there for a minute) . As you say change is inevitable ~ not always easy but I guess it does indeed have to do our mind set . So if you have set your mind to it being okay , it will be .
    Hugs B.,
    Willow

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  14. I like your very positive attitude toward change.

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  15. Seems things are a changing on your farm. Farmers in the north of our country are getting uptight due to gas found on their land...Wonder how the previous owners felt on your now land :) Interesting. Good luck with whatever is happening there. Hugs M xox

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  16. Great positive attitude about change, Buttons. Our two patches of land in Louisiana have been of some interest to "outsiders in the oil/gas industry." But so far we neither have benefitted nor lost anything from that interest. Our land is the same as it was before the hype and interest. And so are we! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  17. Life is so uncertain, isn't it? I hope it all works out for you and your farm, Buttons. We bought our land around the same time and don't own the mineral rights - this was once a thriving coal mining area. We never know what the future may hold, so we bless each and every day. Hugs xo Karen

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  18. I admire your strength and positive outlook Buttons, and look forward to you telling us what happens.

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  19. Oh gosh Buttons, I'm sorry to hear about this. You are handling it much better than I probably would. Do you have another area you can go when they move in? I hope so.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy I will have to find a spot while construction is going on but I do love that tree and spot and will be right back there when it is over looking at a very different view I think.

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  20. I understand. There will be pluses and minuses. Hopefully they will seed and grow more pasture for you after they do their messing.

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  21. This sounds ominous without any detail. Pipelines can tear up an awful lot of peaceful territory.

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  22. Change is never easy, especially when it impacts our lives in a negative manner. Hoping that the area will be returned to as natural state as possible when they are finished.

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  23. Golly this could be a difficult bit of knowledge to swallow, progress or not, question once the work has been done, are companies meant to restore the area back to its almost natural state and if so is this possible?

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    1. Hi Lynn as far as I know yes they are to restore back to normal but I am pretty sure tree roots growing underground are not a good thing mixed with gas pipes underground. We shall see.

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  24. When they get the pipeline in hopefully they return the land back to the way it was...
    Cheri

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  25. Wow. I know you knew, but wow..I hope they don't do too much damage, or leave a big mess in their wake.

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  26. I hope that it does not disturb your little Eden too much. You are right, though. Change always comes. Sometimes it is good, sometimes not. But it comes nonetheless.

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  27. I hate that this will happen to your beautiful land, Buttons. I hope it won;t destroy your wonderful spot. xo Laura

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  28. B,

    Oh Dear, I'm sorry to hear some of your tree's will be removed and ground disturbed.
    It's to be expected with change, I only hope this company doesn't destroy the entire area.
    I know you love the wooded area to walk through, take picture, and just be.
    Hugs to you and your Hero.
    Sandy

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  29. Some changes are very difficult to accept, especially when they take away the beauty which we thrive upon. xx

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  30. I'm betting that you and Tex have a lot in common. She's been dealing with that kind of change. Sometimes change is welcome, sometimes it's not. You do have a positive attitude. That will make a difference methinks.

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  31. I'm sorry your farm is going to undergo some huge changes. I don't do change well. But it sounds like you have accepted these coming changes very well and will face them head on. I do hope your special spot among the trees won't be disturbed.
    Hugs, Cheryl

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  32. Like others have said, your attitude about it all is admirable. I certainly hope the changes aren't too hard to embrace. Take care, sweet B.

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