Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Towns
This week the photo challenge is about the countryside and/or small towns.
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere;
and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself” –author unknown
“The simplicity of life, in the countryside, gives solace to me.” — Diwa
While going through my photo files, somehow I thought about the movie “Funny Farm”. The movie was a 1988 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith. Chase played a New York sportswriter who moved to the country for a simpler, happier way of living.
Chevy thought they found a place where he could “have fun with nature, where people took pride in their work, all the food tasted like mom’s cooking, all the neighbors treated you like family…” He soon found out that things didn‘t work out that way.
(The next three images were captured in Croatia.)
The movie might be exaggerating a little since it was a comedy film. The story was telling us that we had to make the effort to adjust to and accept what the place offers and things might not meet our expectations.
“I say half your life is spent trying to get out of a small town and the other half trying to get back to one” –unknown
Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Province” told a story of how he moved into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron. He wittily described how people in the small town lived at a tempo by seasons not by day, etc. If I remember correctly, some of his stories in the book offended the local residents, so he had to give up his dream of living in Provence.
Watching little kids holding hands and walking to school in a small town in Italy, I couldn’t help fantasize about the small town life. And, I thought Frances Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun” stole my dream. 🙂