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bodger

Happy memories of living a 'country life'

I recently rediscovered this picture of my kids and the GOS pigs that we used to keep. The little girl is my daughter Doodle who was twenty five earlier in the week.
I've never regretted not living in the city, I sometimes wonder how they feel about their upbringing out in the sticks.
This picture has got to be one of my favourite family pictures. Have you got photos that capture your life in, or visits to the countryside?









Here's another captured moment. This is me giving the kids a ride behind Bridget. She once delivered fruit and veg around the streets of Manchester but came to live out the rest of her life with us. She was our very first horse and was as gentle as a lamb. I used to press gang the kids into haymaking with bridget and the four wheeled cart shown in the picture.




freckle

This is the childhood we are trying to give our kids but it doesn't seem to be working!!  We are always so busy with stuff we never have time to do the "nice" bits, and the kids always seem to want ot be at other peoples houses, playing on other peoples gadgets or watching telly!! Arghhh!!
WhatCameFirst

I think this sort of childhood is still possible if you're very lucky.  We haven't got a smallholding or anything like that but DD has only just turned 18 yet she spent her childhood paddling in the river Mole and making camp fires and generally roaming quite widely around the village with her mates.  She and her friends can spot a signal crayfish at 20 paces, and identify wild flowers and all the things that kids used to be able to do like that.

Also the joy of living in the sticks (albeit commuter-belt-sticks) is that they learn to drive as soon as possible!
MrsWW

Not many children are lucky enough to have that kind of "proper" childhood these days.

I remember school holidays when we lived up in the Midlands (outskirts of Alsager for those who know the area).  Just up the road was the canal - we'd spend the day up there with buckets catching sticklebacks out of the water, climbing the trees in the wooded areas and making camps.  We'd also help out those passing through our bit of canal on barges, helping them with the locks and more often than not travelling a couple of locks with them on their barges before cadging a lift back with people going back towards home.  We'd be gone for the whole day and Mum would have no worries about us at all.  Ahh, bliss, those were the days  
bodger

Have you clocked our Martin Teri?
MrsWW

bodger wrote:
Have you clocked our Martin Teri?


Is he the one crouching down between the two pigs?
bodger

No thats the pig.   Yes thats him alright and the toddler is Rob.
lizziep

We don't live on a smallholding but are lucky enough to have been raised and raised our children in a small village. They had the freedom to play out and visit our friends farms and climb trees and build dens, thankfully.  
OS is a Childrens Outdoor activities Leader and YS is a Gamekeeper so the love of the outdoors is strong in them.   I find it very sad to talk to the children in the school where I work and hear them talk of nothing much but electronic games and TV, even though they are being brought up in the same village that our children were. Progress????  
Lorrainelovesplants

We moved here in 2005, and at first kate hated it.....too remote, we never had money, everything was dirty.....

When we had our third bad year and put the house up for sale, She was the one who demanded we stay here...she loved having football matches with the sheep, her pals loved the freedom, we eat brilliantly.

They are not animal daft kids, I have to say, but each has matured into sensible, nice kids with responsibilities and skills.
Kate cooks every 2nd night (last year when I was doing my PGCE - she cooked 5 nights a week), and helps with some of the machinery.
Kie is in charge of firewood - he does all the kindling, and stacks all the woodpiles - no mean feat - we use 7 tons a year.  He's dying to get his hands on the chainsaw, but John says that can wait a year or two.  He also disposes of the bunny problem (under supervision).

Would they do what we do - both say not - too hand to mouth, but they love the life they live (as do we most of the time).
sheffy

There is something really different about youngsters raised in the country compared to those raised in the town. Our granchildren live in a tiny hamlet and go to a tiny village school.  they have freedom and space and seem quite "innocent" - actually that is the wrong word "naive" no that is the wrong word as well. They are nice people , anyway.
Our son has met a lady who has a little daughter. She has always lived in the city and is very, very street wise. A nice child also but totally different.
I guess in the city you can only smile and say hello to the occasional person or you would go crazy! You have to block a lot of the traffic, people and things out.  In the country you acknowledge and relate to everyone in some way and notice a lot more of what is round you.
freckle

sheffy wrote:
There is something really different about youngsters raised in the country compared to those raised in the town. Our granchildren live in a tiny hamlet and go to a tiny village school.  they have freedom and space and seem quite "innocent" - actually that is the wrong word "naive" no that is the wrong word as well. They are nice people , anyway.
Our son has met a lady who has a little daughter. She has always lived in the city and is very, very street wise. A nice child also but totally different.
I guess in the city you can only smile and say hello to the occasional person or you would go crazy! You have to block a lot of the traffic, people and things out.  In the country you acknowledge and relate to everyone in some way and notice a lot more of what is round you.


I know what you mean Sheffy but the reverse is also true-city kids haven't got a clue about "real" life-animals=meat, veggies come from the gound, the birds and the bees, the circle of life. I suppose if country kids stay in the country then they should fair just as well as city kids in the city!  
sheffy

Yes, you are right.  Point taken. They each have a different kind of wisdom.  I guess that to me the country-type seems more wholesome somehow!

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