Urban Suburban or Rural Living
Healthy Family Living - Urban Suburban or Rural Living
If you live in the urban areas and are considering renting a farm house or living in the outer skirts of a busy town (Suburban area} lifestyle farms, or even buying a small farm-let to build a house, bring up a family or retire, there are some points to take into consideration when thinking of moving to the countryside (rural area) especially if you have never lived anywhere other than the urban area.
First, Do you know the difference between Urban, Suburban, & Rural
Tips for Urban Dwellers moving to the Suburban or Rural area for the first time
Unless you're close enough to town to share its water supply, be careful how you use water in the summertime, your water tank can run out very quickly, then you will need to pay for water delivery which isn't cheap.
You'll also probably be responsible for your own refuse, recycling and sewerage, (emptying the septic tank).
If you need a tradesman it's not cheap, you pay for how many hours the job takes to do, also mileage and any component used to do the work.
Simple little things can frustrate "townies" no milk for breakfast you just can't pop down to the dairy, grocery planning is a must do every week, write a list as you use the last of the product so you can stock up when next in town.
School buses not always available from your gateway, (needing to travel before your children get on the bus) sometimes like leaving home by 7.00 am which is hard in the winter to get your child out of bed and moving.
Paper and mail deliveries not every day of the week.
Virtual Tour of Bryant Family Suburban Farm
Cottage in the Countryside
Have you ever consider living in the Country?
Small Lifestyle Farm - A glimpse of a couple's life and their struggles to keep a farm running.
More questions to consider
Hospitals - are you a long way away from healthcare for your family?
If you have a house fire, you may lose it before any engine arrives to put it out.
Earning or making a living is the most difficult aspect of living in the country, working away from home is expensive, car and fuel costs are very high and in most cases you can't carpool to lower the costs.
Most neighbors are very friendly and would give you the shirt off their back if you asked for it, also they would leave you alone if you indicate that's what you want, and they won't be offended. They may also want to be left alone.
Just learn to live with your neighbors, if there is an emergency they will anyways be willing to help.
If living in the country is your heart's desire well go for it, the rewards can be way beyond any definition in words and gives your life enriched meaning not found in any other lifestyle.
Is country living dangerous?
Yes, there's the quad, tractor, chain saws and even some animal, (like a bull), can all be dangerous if not treated with respect.
Rural roads are not roads to speed on, you never know what's around the corner, slips, tree across the road, animals crossing the road, be prepared to stop quickly for anything even a tree fallen across the road.
Having a farmlet can be a very rewarding life style A Small Scale Integrated Livestock Farm
Extra Points to think about - Living in the Country
Could you adapt to the rural lifestyle?
Do you think you could stand the smells of silage and animal manure?
In some areas, no cell phone coverage, (teens don't like not being able to text their friends).
Internet providers are more expenses.
Noisy farm bikes getting the cows in at 5 am for milking.
The sound of milking machines going seven days a week in the early hours of the morning.
Yelling cows calling their calves, noisy calves needing a feed, (that is mainly in the Spring but on some farms Autumn calving well).
Milk tankers picking up the milk anytime of the night.
The answer to the above questions is to buy a piece of land away from a milking area.
If your Children like animals they would love life on a farm
If you shifted to the country, what animals would you prefer to work with?
Doesn't that picture look beautiful? Living on the land.
My husband and I have lived on a farm all our life, as the years go by there are getting less humans living in the rural area, there are many things that those born these days could not stand if they have been used of living in town.
Even my family would not live where we live it is a long way from the comfits of the rural area, the isolation would be hard for the young to get used to.
Love you to leave a comment on your thought's about country living.
© 2015 Elsie Hagley