Friday, 17 July 2015

My Top 5 // Reasons Country Living Beats City Slicking



Health.
The health aspect is what draws many people to country living. There is (obviously) no where near the amount of pollution in smaller towns, villages and the countryside as in the city. It's a fact. But also there are more opportunities to get outside, walk and inhale lots of fresh air into your lungs.
Being such a weak human being, this is important to me! I have asthma and allergies, as well as being anemic and weak boned with not the best immune system. I really have felt the difference since moving back to my home town.


Cost.
Properties are cheaper to buy and rent due to rural land costs being lower. For example, for a 2 bedroom second floor flat in a not so good area in Newcastle I paid £450 pcm. Now in a good neighborhood, on a private road we're paying just a little more for a 2 bedroom beautiful semi detached house!
Not only that but the cost of living is less, from the price of a taxi to the cost of a meal.


Safety.
Crime rates are drastically lower.  Although the populations are obviously pretty different, there are still types of crimes that are never or at least hardly seen in the county as apposed to the city such as gun and knife crimes. Something that is very relevant is the extremely sad case of a young boy with learning difficulties being murdered in the area in Newcastle that we moved away from last year, his body was found in a public area which I used to walk through everyday to get to work - scary stuff.


Peace.
Noise is a big thing to me and my family will tell you that. I'm easily annoyed by repetitive car alarms, sirens and people who shout instead of talk.
Everything in the city is noisy. Everything is open longer hours meaning traffic is almost always in motion. People are always on the go, are more 'streetwise' and I've found in general to be not as nice on a whole. Although I don't want to be super friendly with everyone and I prefer to live a quiet, peaceful life, keeping myself to myself, it's still nice to know that people in general are usually of a softer nature in the country.


The Little Things.
I suppose these aren't so little to someone like me. Nature and wildlife are everywhere in the sticks. I don't even live right in the countryside, rather in a small town and my area specifically is on the edge of it. Here I see countless species of land and sea birds daily, the occasional seal and otter, rabbits, hares and if you're lucky deer, as well as (although I haven't had the pleasure yet) a regularly visiting pod of dolphins.
As I write this, sat on my sofa, I have a young female blackbird on my wall, some fledgling sparrows on a branch overhanging from the allotment into my back garden and some starlings flying past!





That's it guys, just five points that are why I'll always be a country girl! Are you team green or team grey?? Leave your favorite thing about where you live in the comments!


22 comments:

  1. I totally agree with all of this! I would much rather live in the countryside than the big city any day! Luckily I live on the outskirts of Brighton where it's just quiet enough!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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    1. Glad to hear it ;) Yes, you and I have the best of both worlds being on the outskirts! When we eventually buy I hope to be in the middle of nowhere though!

      xo

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  2. I do love country living. Although we are not completely living in the countryside, we live on the outskirts of a small town and can walk into the countryside in about 15 minutes :)

    The nature always wins, but I do enjoy looking for nature in the cities that we visit :)

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    1. I think there are a few of us that are in the same situation. It's great to be so close to the middle of nowhere but still be able to walk to work and have bus stops etc

      Oh me too, I always end up finding whatever little nature there is...even if it's just making friends with pigeons at Edinburgh Waverly train station.

      xo

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  3. Yes, yes and yes! I will always prefer the country over the city! I'm originally from an island and there is literally not one "real" city on the whole island. Since moving off the island and living closer to the city I definitely don't feel as happy. There are major differences! Whenever I have enough to finally buy a home I will for sure be heading back to the countryside. Everyone is in such a rush in the city! Something i'll never get used to.

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. This is why we get on so well ;)
      We lived in the city for only a few years but now we have moved here we will never go back and are the same in the fact that once we can afford to buy, it'll be right out in the countryside!
      Yes - such a rush!! I remember trying to ask for directions in London once and business men just pushed us out the way! :(

      xo

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  4. I totally intend on living more in the country when I move out again. I enjoy a good nature walk on my days off, like you said cheaper to live and the people are a lot more relaxed and friendly. No rushing around compared to city living

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    1. I'm actually surprised at home many people agree with me! haha
      Such easy, relaxing living :)

      xo

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  5. I'm a mix! I love everyday living in the country and could never live full time in the city, but at least once a month I love a weekend in London or somewhere buzzing and vibrant... Best of both worlds!! xx
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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    1. Yes, that is the best of both worlds! Though, I could easily do without, I do visit Newcastle and Edinburgh every month or two to do the museums/ a little spot of shopping! :P

      xo

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  6. I've lived in both the city and the country. The country wins by far. The rush of the city is OK for a short period but I love the peace and quiet of the country!

    Amanda | www.gobookyourself.info

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  7. I agree with your points here! I'm a West Country girl and only ever lived in rural villages but now I spend most of the year in Cardiff for uni. I like that there is more going on in a city and, I guess, I'm lucky in that Cardiff is really clean and it feels really safe there. However, it is a lot more peaceful here in Devon.
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm really so surprised that everyone has agreed with me! It makes a big difference being a a nice, clean and safe city though! I've never been to Wales but had friends go to Uni there and heard good things. Newcastle was awful to live in :(

      xo

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  8. I definitely agree with these! Even though we've now moved up into the suburbs - we're still very close to the countryside and having spent a year next to fields filled with sheep I can definitely say I'll be looking for another countryside hideaway soon because it's just the nicest way to spend your time - I definitely need to learn how to drive though before that as relying on public transport in rural areas has proved to be a bit tricky! Love the shot of the deer too - beautiful! - Tasha

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    1. I thought you would ;)
      I need to get a car again asap - I miss driving so much and there are some amazing places super nearby to explore.

      xo

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  9. I can imagine how nice it is to live on the country side as it's so relaxing. It has a different touch that you can never find in the city!
    Jade xx

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    1. Very much so! I will never, ever live in a city again!

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  10. I'm neither, I'm team beach ;) although I live in a pretty grey student city, which I love anyway, my house is only a ten minute walk away from the sea. After living this close I don't think I can ever not, it's so peaceful :)
    amber love

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    1. Dang it! Can't believe I failed to mention that!! I have lived in a seaside town 22 out of my 24 years of life and will never move away from the Northumberland coast. Luckily up here a lot of coast/seaside towns are also very county-ish. Truly the absolute best of both worlds <3

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  11. Team green :) My life isn't complete without a dog and having fields and lanes nearby for walkies can't be beaten :) x

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