Country Living

Moving for three months to the country seemed a perfect opportunity to blog. However this country experience seemed determined to challenge me at every turn.

My main problem was we had no electricity for quite a while.  The electricity company decided they couldn’t turn on the electricity, they just didn’t seem to be bothered. So we were living with candles and cold water. At night, while my husband was at work, I would sit reading my e-reader by candlelight.

Eventually a friendly electrician took pity on us and we had light.  It was blissful turning on every light in the house and making myself a cup of tea.

This town has a population of 1500.  When I first arrived I looked around in a slight panic. Where were all the people? Was there some event on for the day that had drawn them away? Why were the shops so quiet? Surely 10am should be  a busy time, but even then it seemed like a lazy Saturday afternoon.

I’m finally understanding what it’s like to live in a quiet town. There are no traffic lights, no traffic and no rush. One local shop has a sale on for horse saddles!

It isn’t the quiet or the slow pace that I find difficult. To be honest I love pottering around my little home. Also this town is surrounded by beauty; towering pine trees, creeks, lakes and rolling mountains.

I’ve loved picking fresh blueberries and raspberries and eating them on porridge. I love hanging the washing on the line and finding it dry and smelling sun kissed in half an hour. I love finding mint and rhubarb growing in the garden.

Most of all I love watching my toddler play in a garden. Why did I think I so desperately needed ABCKids to keep her entertained? Here she chases our adopted Labrador, picks the heads off flowers and sits outside to poke at her feet with a blade of grass. All this keeps her blissfully happy. She especially loves the dog, and  sometimes will just laugh for pure joy when she sees her.

I still miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss going out for coffee and rushing here and there. I miss the rush, the traffic and the excitement of Sydney over summer. All this is true. But all that is waiting for me when I come home. For now I’m living in the country.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Hersey
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 22:28:23

    So nice to discover beauty & joy in simplicity!


  2. Liv Denahy
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:27:29

    Clare, sorry I haven’t been here for a bit, my study and chaotic life are filling up every spare moment.
    ….what I would give for a slice of your country life at the moment!
    Where are you?
    We are heading down to my inlaws for Easter. I can’t wait to smell the country air, I can’t wait to walk around the VERY quiet town and I can’t wait to picnic by the river!
    There is so much to love about the country x


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