Hi people in Internet Land (T’web and Tinternet for our northern surfers). Good old (not old) Frugaldom, very kindly asked me to write a guest blog. I am incredibly honoured:
“Ta, Very much”.
Any road, I am the author of a book about baling string: Archie Sparrows Book of Useful Tips to Beat the Recession ....with Baling String. It’s supposed to make you laugh and forget your troubles for a while. The book is also a parody about living on a smallholding with very little money and lots of baling string.
Eh? Me telling you that it’s a parody? I am defeating the whole idea that it’s a parody! Aren’t I? You will have to get the book instead of me insulting your intelligence! It’s true though, all fiction is based on fact.
Frugaldom asked me to write about my experiences and thoughts of moving from a town to rural life. Hoping that you all might share your thoughts?
There’s a scene in one of my favourite films: The Life of Brian. It goes something like this:
“All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the freshwater system and public health. What have the Romans ever done for us?”
I would replace the word ‘Romans’ with ‘Towns’. Ten years ago I moved from the edge of a city to live in a beautiful rural place next to the sea in Southern Ireland. We live on a smallholding and it’s incredibly peaceful and it’s like living in an oil painting.
“Can somebody move that Hay-Wain from out of the water please?”
I had never heard of Rural Isolation before I came here. We have no pub, no jobs, no public transport, shops or even milk - although we live near lots of dairy farms.
I know I am incredibly lucky to live in the countryside. I can grow my own vegetables and ‘try’ to farm our 16 acres of a few cattle, sheep, pigs, hens, ducks, Jack Russell and a few rats and mice (can I claim for the rodents on my Single Payment form?) and spiders..!
Saying that, Frugaldom readers, it would be great to see a band or have a community centre, kebab house, allotments, bar, car boot sale or even watch a football match...?
I have heard (Googled) that eighty percent of people in the UK live in urban areas. Also forty percent of the people who move to the countryside return to the towns. Is the countryside really worth living in? Do you have to be a commuter or ‘weekender’, or just be rich to have any quality of life, living in the countryside? Will the small farm have to encourage tourism instead of farming?
Why is there no infrastructure in rural areas? Do you think there should be street lights, ‘model' green villages or ‘affordable’ and social housing....?
I look forward to your comments.
Guest blog by Dave Dealy