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Enjoying the Countryside In New Jersey

Back when I used to live in New York City, escaping to New Jersey to participate in things like horse races and outdoor concerts was always a lot of fun. While we toured the northern part of the Garden State on our Soprano's Sites tour back in December, and the southern part on a trip to Atlantic City, it has been ages since I've spent time in central Jersey where grassy farmland and forests are staples of the landscape.

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My cousin owns an amazing farm with horses, goats, chickens and a few dogs. After a lovely lunch hosted by my great-aunt for my grandmother's 90th birthday, everyone in the family was invited to relax at her beautiful property for some post-lunch cake and conversation. John and I decided to take a long walk around the grounds.

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I wasn't exactly dressed for a walk in the grass but, despite rarely ever wearing heels anymore, I made it!

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Can you imagine how much work this place must be to maintain? Regardless, I love being in nature and around animals so it was certainly a treat to hang out here for an afternoon.

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Having grown up in Central and Northern NJ, I am happy to see these photos. People do assume that NJ is nothing but the Sopranos, Newark Airport and Elizabeth Seaport, but I grew up in a town with a dairy farm, a general store, and no traffic lights. That is NJ to me.

I especially love the chickens – they look so healthy and happy at just the right size. I never think of Jersey as having a “countryside.”

I know! I wish I had some chickens at home for fresh eggs…

What gorgeous horses! Sadly, the only part of New Jersey I have experienced is the Turnpike, and it’s hard to see how the Garden State got its name from that depressing stretch of asphalt. Looks like I need to get out into the countryside!

Haha – indeed! The turnpike scares me – everyone drives so fast…

No one ever believes NJ has anything besides Atlantic City, the shore, and highways. We lived in Denville, which is a small town in Morris County in northern NJ, and my brother actually had a job working on a farm for awhile when he was in high school. Our area had tons of lakes, lots of wooded areas, and it was really pretty. So glad you had a nice time despite your shoes!

I would love to see more of it, actually. Being the Garden State I would think people would be much more familiar with that aspect

Soo gorgeous! I could easily spend a day here relaxing. 🙂

The house is definitely set up for that!

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