Why We Left City Life


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Why We Left City Life         



                       Kenneth Eden


Urban sprawl really came to prominence in the late 19th century period. The main reason, in my opinion, is that people wanted to be near to the “action”. Having things in close proximity was a major incentive. So, folks began to spread out of the countryside.


They moved, in increasing numbers toward city life. Now we have congestion in the Towns and Cities, leaving the countryside becoming more and more open. My family, city folk born and bred, made the decision back in the late seventies, to reverse the trend. We moved to the glorious open spaces of England’s West Country. Who are the people, who like ourselves prefer the countryside to the convenience and status of city life? This article will, hopefully, shed some light on the subject.


The first and perhaps obvious deduction from our choice was the positive effect we felt would happen to our health. All that bracing air! It’s fairly obvious that the country air will be fresher & cleaner. The countryside lifestyle will be beneficial to everyone, and access to wholesome organic foods on a regular basis also a major benefit. Studies have shown that people who live in the countryside, due to the emphasis on living a healthier lifestyle, often have slightly better mental health than people who live in major cities.


The issue of crime is another factor to consider. Clearly, it is less of an issue, even though it’s not a non-issue in this day and age. As for relationships; you are also far more likely to establish closer relations with your neighbours and people living close by than you would if you stayed in the heart of a major city. So, these are some of the issues we thought about when we were making our decision to embrace this paradigm shift. We do not regret it, and in this blog more will be said about our move and the adventures we experienced…the good the bad and the ugly. Please subscribe below to get regular informative posts, on all aspects of living and working in the glorious WEST COUNTRY. bookmark us now…




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