Obviously many long for even 5 acres for there are pockets of just such developments from here to town in both directions. So what draws them? I’m truly puzzled.
The saying goes, ‘You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl’ and my dad would smile at me because he knows who I am.
What do you think? Does a location determine who you are? Or are you born country? What is country? As I look around I don’t see much country. Not country like it was in the 1950’s. That brings into question whether some ranchers and farmers are country? Country to me is an independent lifestyle and thought pattern. If most don’t have chickens or milk cows and large numbers of cattleman buy their all their beef from the store. Then what’s happening?
I’ve had many, including our first realtor, who asked, “Aren’t you afraid to have your neighbors so far away?” The truth is I’m more afraid of people. People live together in part because it makes them feel safe. I feel less safe. The town mind set is the desire to be taken care of. They need taken care of frankly because they don’t have the skills or tools and don’t want them. That is the biggest difference I believe between country and town folk.
Those who want that security but a bigger yard buy into HOA’s set in the country side. It is simply a mini-town. It has a form of town council which controls the housing group and takes away many of the responsibilities (for a fee) like road maintenance.
Does that make them town folk living in a bigger yard?
We live in a de-funked subdivision (it fell apart before it was even built) where people say they are country and they do allow their neighbors quite a bit of freedom to do as they may —but country folk ———-?
I’ll let you decide. We only have a couple families on our lane who have equipment that clear snow and work on the road. Another has a tractor but never clears, and another borrows equipment and a worker to help on occasion. I figure if anyone wants the road cleared of snow or smoothed they can do it. When we want it done, we do it. That means a lot of people wait upon the two families, let us foot the time, and tractor bill.
We are the sole property owners I think in the whole valley that hauls our own garbage to the landfill. We go every 6 weeks. Our neighbors pay a premium for the service of having theirs hauled at least 40 miles for they travel here and back again.
(This photo is from the previous place we lived. I was the trapper there too.)
We are the only ones on 5 acres on our lane who hunts and traps predators. Meanwhile, we lost all of our Hungarian Partridges, Sharptail Grouse, and all but 1 pheasant to an over population of fox. The turkeys even became scarce so I’d guess little help is done elsewhere either. Ranchers started thinning and so did we with their permission. Birds are coming back really slowly. Now it is skunks. We killed 12 skunks in just over a month in our yard alone. Yes, rabies is a problem in the county. It always is when the numbers are high. Just so you know powdered sugar coated donuts with raspberry filling make them go crazy. We had two wedged side by side stuck in a live trap in their attempt to get to the donut.
Town folk or country folk?
We have our own water treatment plant. We treat the well to keep bacteria at bay, change the water filter regularly to keep it clean, and fill the salt in the water softener. Otherwise we keep an eye on the equipment. Had to have an electrician do some wiring and replacement on the system the other day. Kirk can only handle the very basics but at least he knew he needed an electrician, not a plumber. Kirk will soon be replacing the pressure tank due to age. We do as much ourselves as possible.
We had a pumper come for our septic tank to check and he said he pumps some people’s tanks every year. Ours he said we maintained well so we may never need for him to return. We maintain or he maintains?
A semi-load of wood for us to prepare for winter heating.
For heating, we chop, often haul, and stack wood for the hungry stoves. Creosote is a big deal since we have only soft wood to burn. We maintain the fire in a way that does not build creosote in the chimney but we check and can clean if need be. A fire is a must since country life means our power goes out often. It has while writing this post. We are working on a complete back up system so we aren’t dependent.
Town folk or country folk?
Country to me is a basic knowledge of the flora and fauna of your area. We know the wildlife and basic habits and habitats. I think I saw my first flock of Hungarian Partridges to come back. I only saw them for a brief moment but the flight pattern was right, the body shape, and the wing flap.
We are constructing fences and gates so we can become stewards of the land -not simply squatters.
We are learning to build structures in harmony with nature for ourselves, the wildlife, and domestic animals.
We may not agree with our neighbor but we believe they have the right to live life on their own terms as long as it does not greatly infringe on others.
So what determines if you’re town folk or country folk? You may disagree but I’d say (a) the amount of independence. (b) The knowledge of your environment and (c) the comfortableness in it. (d) Whether or not you are stewards of the land or just squatters.
Don’t know, well one test is to go out at night for a walk in the country. Enjoy the moon and clouds as they cast a mystery theater of shadows and spotlights. Don’t worry if the moon has over slept, instead rubies, sapphires, and diamonds will fill the sky to delight your imagination. Don’t forget the pistol if the walk is here. We live in the wilderness with bears, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, and wolves and they might be in bad mood. Then there is the 2 legged kind of predator. Not many but who knows? Country means taking responsibility for your own safety as law enforcement is a lo…ng ways off. Leave your flashlight in your pocket, enjoy country.
What did you find out?
It isn’t a matter of bad or good – simply different. I believe one should know who they are. It sets one free to move forward with confidence. Not simply pretend.
What are your thoughts?