Rewind: Upstate New York

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Hey guys! So as I mentioned last week, I’ve been spending some time at my parents’ place in upstate NY while they’re away on vacation. It has rained almost every day I’ve been here, but it’s been those perfect kind of rainy days where it’s an even mix of overcast, sunny, and rainy. Just enough to keep the heat down and water the garden so I don’t have to. Since I love being here and I’ve been taking pictures like mad, I thought I’d share some (ok, so maybe a LOT) of them with you.

(So I’ll be narrating as we travel around my current locale.) Our house was built by my dad when he and my mom settled here back in the ’70s. The window in the above picture (along with over a dozen others that appear throughout the house) were purchased from on old train depot in the area that was being demolished. My parents bought the lot of them for a little over FIFTY DOLLARS. (I just found this out a couple weeks ago, and I still cannot get over it.)

My mom loves to collect little nicknacks…

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We have a really old phone…

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My dad used to make stained glass…

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And sometimes he makes guitars…

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This zebra used to terrify me at night when I was little. I could swear I saw it’s head moving…

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This is our old climbing tree…

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Our path to the state land…

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Our property line…

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State land…

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Flowers along the driveway…

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Lexi!

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On Friday evening we had some weird thunderstorms, then the rain let up just as the sun was setting, and I got to take some pictures in the misty dying light…

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(I remember when my parents planted that oak tree. Crazy.)

Yesterday I went over to a family friend’s place for dinner, and we took a boat ride out on his beaver pond. This enormous pond has appeared over the course of several years, in what used to be a clearing on his property. It’s kind of like its own little ecosystem, with beavers (obv) and lily pads and herons and bull frogs and weird trees and crazy plants. It’s beyond awesome.

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OK, so yeah, that was like a million pictures. If you made it all the way through, I hope you enjoyed my favorite little corner of the earth. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve always been drawn to the lush ambiance of rainy days, especially when the surroundings are wooded and capable of rocking out the green. *Love* everything about your cosy childhood home! That vintage phone is off the hook! (seriously.) :D

  2. Sasha says

    Your photographs are stunning. Your dad is an incredibly talented man

    and your parents have turned the house into a home of charm and character.

    So happy to see the place.

  3. says

    What a great house! I’d never want to leave and I would be looking at every knick knack your mother collected. Great photos!

  4. says

    That cat is so adorable, how did you not want to smuggle her home!? Or are her looks deceiving :D I those last few photos and the thunder storm ones have such an atmosphere to them, you capture the mood amazingly, beautiful photography!

    from Em x

    • says

      Thanks so much, Em! :) And she is my favorite kitty! She actually used to be mine, but city living wasn’t for her. (She loves being outside, but she’s far from the brightest cat I’ve known — not so good with the city streets.)

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, these photos are so moody, I love them! I always wish for that kind of rain, but the weather down here never delivers which sucks because I want to feel like I live in a Gothic novel. :) Although your parents’ house is far from Gothic. It looks so cozy! You’re so lucky you got to grow up there, Carey, in a house built by your dad, surrounded by all that land, with your very own precariously-high climbing tree. Ah, I need to get out of the city!

    • says

      Thanks, Linda! :D It was funny, back into our property and the state land made me realize that it has been a REALLY long time since I’ve gone into the woods……I definitely got a little creeped out! I also wonder if I could still climb a tree. I got stuck in a tree once after I climbed too high. My dad had to come find me and talk me down.

  6. says

    Yowza, what a house! I can’t believe your dad MADE those guitars. Holy crap – they’re stunning. Give Lexi a squeeze for me – what a cutie pie. :)

    • says

      Hehe! Yeah, that’s one of his more recent hobbies. He made a crazy awesome lap steel for my uncle too. I think that’s probably the coolest one. :)

      Lexi is the best! She was hamming it up and rolling all around, but never stayed quite still enough for me to get a decent shot of the silliness!

  7. Karen king says

    I love love love your mom and dads place . So quaint and cozy. I loved his you showed us your mini vacation@ home in their place with pictures! Your mom and dad are very talented!

    • says

      Thanks, Jade! Yeah, I’m pretty sure my dad still has most of his equipment in his old workshop next to our house. He stopped because the fumes really started getting to him. :

  8. says

    Such a gorgeous place and your dad is so talented. I still can’t get over the 50bucks window panes and that too such pretty ones. I do have to say, I would be little scared to live all alone in that house but if I have a company, I can live there for ever!

    • says

      Thanks, Kankana! And the windows — I know right?? They had to do a lot of work to them to clean them up (including replacing all of the glass), but still. Those things would go for hundreds upon hundreds of dollars a piece at architectural salvage places these days.

      And I get toootally creeped out there at night sometimes. I love love love being alone, but I kind of wish my parents had a dog. As cute as their cats are, they don’t exactly do a good job of making me feel safe. :)

  9. Hannah Evans says

    Enjoyed the pictures, Carey! Brought back some wonderful memories of summertime up there. Remember camping in the rain?!

    • says

      Thanks, Hannah! Oh man, did I love summertime camping when the weather was nice, but being in that tent during storms was terrifying! At least we weren’t that far from the safety of the house. :D

  10. says

    I love this post Carey! Your parents house reminds me so much of the house I grew up in (stain-glass windows and all!), which my dad also built. You are so lucky to still have it to return too, I would give an arm and a leg to still have our family home to go back to and reminisce in. Sadly my mum sold it after my parents went their separate ways. Enjoy the rest of your time house-sitting xx

    • says

      Thank you so much, Emma! And I’m so sad to hear that you can no longer go back to your childhood home. :( My parents will occasionally mention the possibility of my brother or me selling the house and property when they aren’t around anymore, and I can’t even imagine that. I’d just move back there and live in it before I let someone else have it. :)

      • says

        Strangely enough since we moved to Australia my little brother started renting a room in our old family house (?!), so hopefully next time we visit NZ I will be able to spend some time in the house. Not sure if that will be a good thing though, might be too hard as everything will be different to how I remember it being.. Lotsa love xx

        • says

          Oh wow! That is so funny. :) I hope it hasn’t changed too much, that can be so strange to return to. (My parents went through a furniture upgrade a few years ago, and that was weird enough for me!)

  11. says

    Your parent’s home is gorgeous. I’ve always wanted a little cabin in the woods (although this looks like more than just a little cabin!). The pictures of the misty yard are my favorite – so beautiful!

  12. says

    I want to go to there.

    Your parents have my dream home. Seriously. I love everything about it, that property is BEAUTIFUL. But I think it helped that your photos in this post were mind-blowingly gorgeous, too. It must have been awesome growing up on a big piece of land like that, so much room to garden and run around :)

    One of my childhood friends grew up on property like that and we’d just spend all day out in the woods going on “adventures”, which usually involved us pretending we were woodland fairies and eating wild blackberries (they grow like weeds in Oregon, so much so that people kind of hate them there. REALLY hard to make them stop growing.) I can only imagine the fun you had up there as a little girl, looks like a fairytale cabin!

    • says

      Thanks, Eva!! :D I really really really enjoyed taking a million pictures when I was out there, and I was so psyched that I got to take my camera out on the beaver pond this time. (I went out for the first time last year, and was lamenting the fact that I did not bring my camera the entire time we were rowing around and the sun was setting through all the crazy weird swampy trees…omg, to crazy beautiful.)

      And yes! So many woodland adventures. :) It was weird going back up in those woods and finding that they kind of creeped me out…I think I’ve been living in cities for too long. There’s actually this one area waaaay back in the state land that’s a giant hillside that was clear cut many years ago. After they cut all the trees down, a million blackberry bushes sprang up! I rode my old mountain bike out there a couple years ago and picked a ton of them. It was strangely unsatisfying because of my PICK ALL THE BERRIES mentality, and there’s just no way I could ever, ever do that there.

  13. says

    I SPY THE SRIRACHA ROOSTER! haha I was scrolling through my feedly and was looking at this post without realising it was you at first, then I saw the rooster and was like oh my god it’s Carey! anywho I love these photos! Espesh those moody, misty ones, they’re so stunning and the light is incredible.

    • says

      Yeah!! Oh man, I was wondering if anyone was going to notice that guy. :D

      The woodsy lighting out there is so perfect (inside and outside). Coming back and taking pictures in my weird dinky apartment is NOT the same! :

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