(Closed) Rural bees?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How rural are we talking? I can guarantee it will be a shock to you at first, even if it is a move you want to make.

I was raised in the country within 30 minutes of an urban area. Now I am 3 hours from an urban area. If you can stay within 45 minutes of a town, you should be ok, but I wouldn’t go further. It gets hard not having anything to do out here, and a little lonely, but we are here for my husband’s job. You can also be rural and live in a small town, which might be easier than what we are doing.

ETA: I would never not live in a rural area, I’m just saying don’t make it too secluded. As in, I have to drive 2 hours to have my baby and the nearest town big enough to host something like a Walmart is an hour away…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I grew up in the city (not a HUGE city, about 35000 people) and moved out into the country about 5 years ago. I absolutely LOVE it in the country. We literally have no houses around us. I have a 40 minute commute to work but its a very easy commute so not stressful at all. Its a great time to unwind after work. I would suggest finding hobbies to do such as maybe photography or jogging or something that you can do cause if you are the type who needs to be busy, the quietness can overwhelm you some days! I never want to move back into the city. The only bad thing I can see is that now when I am in a city, its way more stressful than actually living in it because im not used to the riff raff. As far a raising kids, im not sure because I dont have any yet but others around me do so it must be possible ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

From what I’ve noticed most of the Bee’s are city gals. I grew up in the city, and technically I live in a “city” (although most people would probably giggle at that word!) and my hubs and I are going to live out in the country on family land eventually. I have mixed emotions about it. He grew up 30 miles from the closest town on a cattle ranch and loved it. I think the only thing I’m not looking forward to is my kids won’t be able to go ride a bike to play with their friends. I love being out there and watching our dogs and Godson run around though. There isn’t a lot better than that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

We live in the boonies about 20 miles from food and a hospital. We have a convenience store and gas station about 5 miles away. It is remote, quiet, and boring. We do not raise animals or even farm, so we just live out in the middle of nowhere for nothing. We do have neighbors but none we are paticularly close with and none in our age group. Our friends enjoy driving out to our house because to them it’s like getting away. To us, it’s just life. I love rural life, but I hate Texas.

The things I miss the most about living close to the city are Starbucks, frozen yogurt bars, Petco, and having nice places to eat. I do miss having some neighbors to rely on and make friends with as well.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I live in ‘country’ Australia. Except not really. I live in a little town of about 1000 people, but 15km (10 miles?) north is a ‘big’ city of about 100,000 people. It is very much a country city though, most of the business is farming and cattle sales. It used to be a gold rush city back in the 1860’s. I love where I live, its quiet, but there is always something going on, its only a 30 minute drive/bus ride to the train station that will take me to the big capital city Melbourne. They have these new bullet trains so its only 90 minutes on the train to Melbourne. Kids around here live on big blocks, but still see their friends a lot. And its a ‘safe’ area. Kids ride their bikes outside without parental supervision, and everyone in the community keeps an eye out for them. There is a tiny little set of shops 5 minutes walk away that have everything you need.

If you can find a place like that, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. Find a little town not too far from a city, best of both worlds. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@bakerella: LOL, oh, definitely the winter will get old! I’m in South Dakota, so we get plenty hard winters which I’m guessing are similar to Ontario’s, BUT if you can still get to town I really think you’ll be fine. It’s nice to have space to take quiet walks, my husband and I being nerds do the bird watching thing, plus we see all sorts of other wildlife, I get to garden and plant wherever and however much I want, plenty of room for the dogs to place, we have horses so we can take rides, fishing whenever, and generally much quieter.

I’d do it, but I’m also biased because like I said, I would never choose to live in a city permanently unless I was in like a nursing home or something.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@bakerella: Push them into sports or FFA/4-H or theatre, whatever. If they are busy, they won’t be as likely to go nuts. Also, keep them away from bull riding. Bull riders are hellions… We plan to try and keep our kids out of rodeos judging from what happened to (the majority of) our friends who did rodeo.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@bakerella: I think that well-socialized children should be just fine. IMO the kids who are home-schooled and never meet a soul other than their family members are the ones that end up going crazy when they’re allowed out of the house. I share youre fantasy about having goats haha. I have begged for a goat but we both know we don’t have the time for more animals. Missing the luxuries of city life are definitely a low point but I have to say, after a while you get used to it. Everyone wants something different from life, if the country calls to you, you should go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are actually goat-sitting for two weeks. Belle just arrived tonight… OMG goats are strong! I was holding her lead and she tried to run away and I literally got dragged behind her. It was hilarious.

But um as you may have picked up on my posts about baling hay and milking cows and getting married on the farm, we live in a rural area. I love it. We’re close to a college town so we have a comfortable amount of amenities, though I like my grad school area better. It’s got tons of open farm land, but the big university pulls in a great diverse population with tons of restaurants and shops. I’d love to live near there someday but we’ll probably stay closer to home/the smaller town. Acceptable shopping is 45 minutes away, and we can be in Philly in 2.5 hrs if we want to. But it’s a wonderful pace. Traffic jams are getting stuck behind a tractor. With the exception of some crappy rent situations due to the university, cost of living is easy around here. Deeper into the country it can be very closed-minded and boring, but being so close to the uni means there is a great variety in ways of thinking and things to do. Definitely if you can find a place like 20 minutes from a town like that, you’ll be golden.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you are raising your kids in the country give them activities like FFA or some organized sports, the kids with too much time on their hands in my country school did very stupid things to occupy their time, and we have HUGE drug problems (meth) there is no lack of places for kids to go out in the woods, drink, smoke, then go try to steal someones tractor or something. The kids who were active in things like soccer and ffa never had problems and living in the country is very enjoyable in some aspects, its quiet, you can take long peaceful walks with your dogs, when you do meet up with people everyone is friendly. It depends on what you like doing with your time, if you like going to the gym and starbucks stay in the city, if you like scrapbooking and farming you will do fine in the country.

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