So, let's face it... this list could actually be ONE THOUSAND things I love about living in the country... but I won't subject you to weeks of reading lovely Gold Dusters... Let's see if I can narrow it down to just ten of my fave things that make me feel all warm and fuzzy about living in a small town in the Victorian Goldfields.
1. Fresh Air. Oh could I be any more cliche?! BUT IT'S TRUE! When I leave the house in the morning it still astounds me how fresh the air is! It's just like when you're camping and when you unzip the tent in the morning the air is cool and sweet - and you inhale deeply to fill your lungs with the good stuff. I swear IT'S LIKE THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY HERE! (Minus the zips and half deflated mattresses and bad camping coffee).
2. My Neighbours. Since living in a small country town I have actually been asked for a cup of flour. FOR REAL!!
3. The Stars. OK... So it's another cliche, but I can't count how many times I have looked up at the night sky and marvelled at the stars! You can just see bazillions more of them in the clear clean skies out here. On a clear night the Milky Way is a huuuge white smudge, and you can watch the International Space Station cruising around. On a very clear night after a large solar storm you can even point your favourite camera southwards and photograph the Aurora Australis from here. (Alas, not with your iPhone... I have tried.) And that is why there is no photo here... but I shall make up for lack of Aurora with two photos of........
4. ...My Neighbours' Chooks! I have great neighbours with cool happy chooks. I deliver them snails from the agapanthus and collect a dozen eggs in return. Bartering at its very best. (sooo feel like I've got the better deal there.)
5. Online Shopping. Living in the country online shopping REALLY comes into it's own. Why on earth would I drive almost two hours to the city, spend $50+ on petrol, and almost the same on parking, negotiate traffic, queues and craziness when I can sit in the loungeroom and have it all delivered to my door for a few dollars? This year's Christmas Shopping will be purchased from the couch*... (thanks technology)....
6. ... *except for all the stuff that I will buy locally. A trip to the shops in town is also one of my mostest favouritest things. In a small town it is super important to shop local. As much as I love clicking 'purchase' in my PJs on the couch, there is nothing sweeter than a (clothed) stroll into town to buy something special from someone even special-er. (Why is that not a word?) Walking into a store and being greeted by name is pretty spesh. We are so lucky to have some super beautiful and oh-so cleverly curated stores in Daylesford which makes shopping local a treat.
7. Holidays. OK. So when you're a camping family and live in the country where do you pitch your tent in the holidays? Well, the city of course. We have camped in Sydney under a flightpath with traffic choppers buzzing over head from 5:30 am. Serenity shmerenity.
8. The Plumber. I love our small town tradies. Just last week we had a local plumber fix a leak. When it was time to pay him he said "Just drop it off at the muffin shop in town when you can" The same Honesty Policy often stands in stores as well. Once I bought a packet of amazing local muesli from a shop with no eftpos machine. (YES I DID SAY NO EFTPOS!) The shop owner said "go and have your muesli and come back after breakfast to pay". So good!
9. Distant Cows. I love a distant cow. We used to live close to one of the busiest arterial roads in inner Melbourne. 24 hours a day I would hear cars, trucks, sirens, horns, trains, smashes and helicopters as constant background noise. As much as part of me LOVES the grit and grind of the city I love the nightly chorus of moooooing we hear from the distant happy cows on the hill.
10. Being a Locavore. We have never been a Drive-Thru family, but more and more we find ourselves opting for country convenience, pulling into near-by farm driveways and roadside stalls to pick up big bags of freshly dug potatoes, locally grown berries, tomatoes, chestnuts, apples, eggs, and all sorts of perfect produce fresh from the paddock. It feels great (and tastes slightly more delicious) when you buy it direct from the farmer down the road.
So there are ten big reasons why I love living here. If you want a bit more Daylesford love check out our Instagram account. We post loads of photos from around our lovely 'hood daily.
Have you ever thought about making the move out of the city? (It's ok, we wont tell anyone.) Have you made a list of pros and cons? Add these 10 things to the pros. (I'm sure my neighbour's chooks will adopt you as well... if not, you can always get a couple from these guys (above) - just remember to bring a box.)
Have a great week Gold Dusters!
- Kathy x