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Living in the Country

Maggie Horne

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Feb 22 4 minutes read

It’s not for everyone, but for those who want to escape the congestion of urban living, buying a rural property or farm has distinct advantages.

There’s the feeling of escape, of a slower pace of life, of a greater connection to nature – for you and your kids – and general well-being when you live in the country. It seems easier to disconnect from our fast-paced work days and take in the natural beauty around us.

What are some of those natural wonders? Think open vistas that can hold amazing views, spectacular sunsets and sunrises, open skies where light pollution does not blot out the stars or the moon, perfect rainbows. And, of course, there’s the fresh air.

A rural property offers peace and quiet: there’s less traffic, less people, less noise in general. And there’s the privacy of having no immediate neighbours. Feel free to sit in your PJs on the front porch with your coffee!

There’s also space, lots of space. Green spaces to look at and enjoy. Room for your kids and your pets to run around and explore. A spot for a workshop or an outdoor rink. Plenty of space to plant vegetable gardens and flower beds or to raise your own chickens and other livestock. Forget about the 100-mile diet; how about the 100-metre diet, where you know what’s in your food and just how healthy it is.

There are peaceful roads to walk or bike, where you can watch animals in pastures or marvel at a pretty meadow. And being around all that nature has health benefits, too. Studies have shown that people living in greener areas are less likely to develop psychological disorders, while country air usually means less air pollution and therefore less instances of issues such as asthma.

Then, of course, there are country folk, who are typically a friendly bunch, always willing to help out a neighbour in need. Out in the country, everyone waves at a passerby, even if they don’t know each other. That’s because rural living comes with a definite sense of community and being grounded. People want to know each other and do so through their schools, churches, or community events such as fall fairs and barbecues. In the country, getting to know your neighbours is important.

In the country you can avoid restrictive covenants, like whether you can run a clothes line (there’s nothing like a crisp, fresh shirt dried in the breeze, not to mention the energy savings), or what type and colour of fence you can have, or whether you’re allowed to store your boat or RV (with the bonus of having the room on your property to store it).

And if you like your toys or other activities, it’s often much easier to access them in the country. There’s no need to drive somewhere to ski, simply pop on your skis or snowshoes outside your back door, or hop on your Ski-Doo and go for a ride.

So, some food for thought. And if you’ve been thinking about rural living, check out some current listings:


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