|Ms Gardiner in her garden
I haven’t quite reached that state of wholesome nirvana but I am well on my way. Country life is equal parts sun-soaked bliss and chicken poo management. Thinking of moving to the bush? Here are Five Things I Love About Living in the Country:
1. Home-grown veggies - in Tamworth, everyone calls Bunnings the $100 shop (as opposed to the $1 shop). For the first couple of months, I frequented the gardening section and spent frivolously on things like fig and mulberry trees, French climbing roses, veggies and perennials galore. But it's paid off: I can now wander into the backyard every morning to eat snowpeas, cherry tomatoes and beans I grew myself.
|Which came first?
2. Chickens - I have six, Isa Brown comedy chickens to be precise. Watching them run makes me giggle. Chasing them around the house during their cat-biscuit raids is hilarious. Plus, they lay about five eggs a day. Omelette, anyone?
3. Stars - you can see them in their 100s and 1000s. The nights here are much darker, quieter and gentler than in the city. People and animals sleep. There is very little traffic. Standing outside and looking up is a simple form of meditation.
4. Solitude - I spend much more time alone. In Sydney, I felt like I had to run inside, shut the door and turn off my phone to be by myself. Here, solitude is everywhere. I live alone and have few friends, and the atmosphere feels still, as opposed to buzzing with a million noises, movements and radio waves.
5. Making things - because I don’t have to spend time commuting (I live across the road from my office) and my work hours are very reasonable, I have energy and inspiration and time to make things. I made a giant pom-pom, just for fun. I bake cakes and create mosaics. I am sewing a cloak for no reason other than that I can. I may not be practical but this is an entirely neglected form of fun that I missed out on in the big smoke.
(You can read more of Emma's lifestyle and travel blogs at SheGoes.)