Driving by an advertisement for an estate in Flagstone a few days ago, which read “Get more out of life”, brought a smile to my face.
It got me thinking isn’t that what we all want when we pack up our city lives and move to the country? It’s the authentic rural experience that we all crave.
We want to feel refreshed and leave the busy, hectic life behind.
We want to experience the abundance of birds, and see the wildlife in our back yards, existing alongside nature.
We pursue the wide open spaces and fewer street lights which make rural life a little of what it is.
Another few metres down the road that day, I noticed another sign, a banner of sorts strung up on a rural property which read “rezoning destroys rural life”.
From one pleasant thought to another very real threat. Development comes in like a Trojan horse.
Slowly and steadily with all its perks and benefits and subtly our lifestyle has changed. Our dream to pursue peace and quiet comes undone with the increased traffic.
Our ability to plant and grow our own gardens is threatened as the properties decrease in size.
The rules change and more restrictions come in. The safe community lifestyle is threatened as crime increases.
The challenge for the future is to passionately hold on to what we have, while we navigate the changes that are on our door step.
By Tracey Brussow
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