Living in a large inland city on the edge of bushland, I enjoy many of the advantages of both city and country living. I see pros and cons to life in each type of area, but what it comes down to for most of us is preference.
I have a couple of sisters-in-law who choose to live in the heart of big cities and it’s great visiting them. Public transport is a short walk down the street and I occasionally have ‘Arts envy’ when I see the wonderful shows and exhibitions on their doorstep. They have so many choices of varied ethnic restaurants and cafes, and access to much speedier internet (don’t get me started!)
That said, I love the feeling of returning to my peaceful home and waking to birdsong each morning. I look out over the valley in all its seasonal beauty and smell the eucalypts. So, if we take as a given that preference is often the determining factor in where we live, what are five things country towns do better than big cities?
There you have my top five reasons for preferring life in the country (or at least on the edge of it). Perhaps they also explain why I've been drawn to writing rural or small town romances
Which do you prefer, city or country, and why?
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Story elements surround us every day, from new places to a favourite piece of music or an odd moment witnessed in passing that becomes a scene in our work. On this weekly post, fellow authors will share some of what inspires their stories and their lives. Sit back and make yourself comfortable with the drink of your choice as the curtain rises.