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Quote of the Day: Carol Deppe

January 13th, 2013

“One of the most joyous things we can do is to find our place, the land we fit into, the land where we belong.  Having found our place, we snuggle into it, learn about it, adapt to it, and accept it fully.  We love and honor it.  We rejoice in it.  We cherish it.  We become native to the land of our living.”

Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener)

I was thinking about the quote the other day as Mr Chiots and I were doing something outside. We have pretty much settled into this new place. It’s starting to feel like home, more of that will come with some painting and a few other projects.
The property in Maine 4
We are firmly planting ourselves into this new landscape and community. Every Monday afternoon we head down to our neighbor’s for coffee. A New Year’s party was hosted at our home. Another neighbor came for Christmas dinner. We’ve been curling, gone to farm party’s, visited farms, talked to people and have made many new friends. Maine suits us perfectly, I certainly hope the feeling is mutual because we’re here to stay.

How many different places have you become native to?

13 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Carol Deppe”
  1. daisy on January 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    What a gorgeous photo. It’s becoming obvious with each post why you love it there so much. Enjoy the nesting…

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  2. Maybelline on January 13, 2013 at 10:07 am


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  3. whit on January 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Goodness…your piece of Maine is beautiful.

    I’ve lived a few different places in my life, but home is Idaho, even though i grew up in AZ. The places i’ve felt most comfortable in though have been trips outside the US: Canada, Brasil, Germany, and Ireland. Isn’t that funny? Maybe because there was no way someone could reach me by phone. :)

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  4. Nebraska Dave on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Susy, I am a dyed in the wool Nebraskan through and through. I spent a year and a half in Germany during my military years and liked it very much but it just wasn’t Nebraska. I did move to Missouri for six years but it just wasn’t Nebraska. Thirty Nine years ago I moved back to Nebraska and vowed never to leave again. You might ask, “What’s so special about Nebraska?” I like the distinct seasons. Each one lasts for up to eight weeks and has many wonderful things to enjoy. There’s time to enjoy the season when it lasts that long. After two months, the longing begins for the next season so enjoying season I’m in and anticipating the next season is never ending. When I moved away for the six years, I didn’t even know what I missed until I came back to Nebraska.

    Have a great Maine day.

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  5. Misti on January 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I think I *might* be able to get used to Maine but my southern blood is quite thin and I’m not sure about those winters!

    But, I would definitely say my 8 years in Florida qualify me as a Floridian. I think about Florida a lot too. Being a native Texan though and coming back home has me want to know more about my surroundings here, though at times Texas just makes me angry at how far behind the times they are in many areas (we’re so vast and large but we have very little public lands in comparison)…though I think only a Texan could say that because the rest of the Texans would pick up their rifles and talk about secession. Hah!

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  6. Janet Anderson on January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on finding such a good fit for your new home! I follow your blog though I don’t comment often. I am so glad you you got away from the bad neighbours though I would love to be a fly on the wall when they try something with the cop who bought your place. :-)

    I look forward to this part of your journey and I admit I am a little jealous of your opportunity to live on the East Coast. I would love to live in Nova Scotia and/or visit Maine and New England!

    Enjoy and keep on curling it is an aweseom sport!

    Janet in Winnipeg

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  7. kathi Cook on January 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I am a native New Englander (CT), and although I could see myself living in another New England state (Vt,MA,NH,ME.or RI), I could never imagine moving out of New England. I feel like I am on vacation all the time, surrounded by so much natural beauty.

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  8. Melanie in CA on January 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I’m a native Californian, born and raised in a major metropolitan area. I worked in high tech for nearly 30 years and traveled the globe but never really felt “home” until we found our little farm. We lived in Texas for a year and that felt pretty good, maybe if we’d stayed longer I’d have set down roots there, but now we’re both rooted and here to stay.

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  9. KimH on January 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    The only place I didnt become native to was Florida.. Its a nice state to visit but I hated living there..

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  10. iris on January 14, 2013 at 2:10 am

    It becomes home when you start taking vacations from it!
    I just moved somewhere new and will only be here for 12 weeks, but when I start taking trips away, then I know it’s home…if only temporarily :)

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  11. SusieB on January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve learned that there are places that just feel like home whether you grew up there or not. I moved to NYC after college and while I had fun and some career success, I just never felt settled or like it was the place for me. It kind of bothered me since it had been my dream for a while. Then I moved upstate to Albany and I’ve felt more at home here in the past year than I did in all 3 I lived in NYC.

    I grew up in Southern California and I went to college in Corvallis, OR and I still really miss the PNW. At 26 I feel like I’m still in a position to move and want to find my forever spot (or at least for a longer-while spot). But you never know how things will pan out. It’s great when you find a place that feels so comfortable!

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  12. BJ on January 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The feeling is mutual! I am SO happy to have such wonderful neighbors next door. I look forward to our weekly coffee talks and getting to know you both over dinner and at friendly gatherings! Here is to many wonderful years next door :)

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  13. Stephanie on January 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Welcome to Maine! I’ve been all over the US and as far as I’m concerned Maine is like nothing else. Closest I’ve seen is Wisconsin but with less cows. lol. I live only 30 miles from you. Just getting into my seed starting too. Been gardening my whole life and very much a “natural” farmer like you. When I get my blog back up and running you will have to check it out but for now just sent you the page to my facebook page for my “farm”.

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