Saturday, June 27, 2015

How To Be Urban Country

How to Be Rural in an Urban Life

So you want to be a country girl (or guy).
You don't have to live in the country to be country.

Before I bought my small farm, for as long as I can remember my heart has always been in the country, while my life was in the city.
I was born and raised in the city, but all the while I longed to be rural.

As kids Mom and Dad would take us for rides in the country, but it wasn't until I was in my early teens that I first set foot on a farm.
Up close and personal.
My younger sister started taking horse riding lessons, and of course I tagged along.
In a barn I was home, loved every minute there.  From a very early age I knew I had to be country.

 Being country is a state of mind, and you can change or adapt your lifestyle to live as such.
And you don't have to live on a farm.

You may live in the city, but that doesn't always mean you are city....that's just geography.
From simple to big scale, it is doable.  If the country can't come to you, then you go to the country.

Spend some time in the country
Go for drives in the country.
Or get on your bicycle and petal out.
Pack a lunch and have a picnic.  More and more rural townships are building parks in the middle of the country.

Be part of a small town.
 Do some shopping, go thrifting. Spend time in a small town library.
Check out the market.  Buy a few things from a road side stand.
Attend church services.  Work in a small town.

Find yourself in a barn.

If you are a horse lover, go to them.
If you can afford it, take lessons.  If riding horses is not your thing but you still love them, volunteer at a horse ranch.

Buy and board a horse, then you can spend as much time as you want at the barn.
If you can't afford the cost of owning a horse, consider part-boarding.
You don't actually own the animal, you have selected hours and days with the owner.

Work on a farm.
Find employment on a farm.
Even if you are starting out, you have to start somewhere, hopefully you can get a farming spread that will hire and train you.
In the rural area I live in the want ads are full seeking help on farms.
Be prepared to drive farming tractors, mend fences, bail hay, milk cows, attended to other livestock and work long hours.

Style your home.
Nothing more calming and cozier than country farmhouse style decor.
Vintage touches, warm colours, animal art, simple style all say farmhouse decor to me.

Dress country.
Look the part.  Boots, hat, demin jacket, blue jeans, britches.

Even if you never get the opportunity to wear them, have them.  Use as decor around your home.

Attend local rodeos.
You don't have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to enjoy the sport.
And nothing is more country than a rodeo.
Most rodeo events will have an evening dance, so grab your boots and hat and have fun.
Meet other like minded country folk.

Local fairs, animal shows or plowing matches.
Small towns usually offer a country fair each year, with a host of competitions and exhibitions.
Excellent way to spend a weekend.  While you are there, stay at a local country Bed and Breakfast.

You may live in suburbia, a high-rise or a condo, but not far are peaceful roads, farmers fields and small towns.

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  1. What a fun post Diane. Great tips too. I like the idea of just getting out for a drive in the country (even though I live there myself) and visiting small towns or villages. Stop by the roadside and take pictures while breathing in the fresh air, count cows or horses too. I love the country and am blessed to live there. Your photos are beautiful.

  2. Hi Diane. Loved this post and your photos are wonderful. I am so fortunate to live in a small town where I can walk to the heart of town but just a short few blocks away I am literally in the country. We have a Draft Horse Classic at the fairgrounds every year and we love to go early and hang around the barns and see and hear stories about the Gentle Giants. There is something magical about breathing country air..Happy Monday..Judy