Cowart's Common Room
Town or Country

In the French class this morning we were discussing whether it was better to live in the town or the country. A recent survey in France apparently concluded that 80 percent of French people preferred the country. I know I certainly do, although I can see the advantages of a city and enjoy visiting. So Town or Country? La ville ou la campagne?


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Posted at 16th Oct 2018 - 12:57PM   Posted by Fennie   Town or Country Comments: 16

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Camilla's Avatar Quite a tricky one Fennie, I love the country but would love the buzz of the town too, the restaurants, the pubs, the shops, the nightlife.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Oct 2018 at 01:01PM

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Camilla's Avatar Maybe live in the rural country Monday to Thursday and then on Friday go to the town and stay until Sunday evening and go back to the country.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Oct 2018 at 01:03PM

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Camilla's Avatar My immediate neighbours are leaving Winterton here and going to live in Whitby in Yorkshire by the end of the year. They originate from Lancashire and have been here for around eight years. Certainly houses prices have rocketed here since 2014 by a considerable amount, but the worry of Brexit looming personally I think house prices will drop quite dramatically.

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Oct 2018 at 01:06PM

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Camilla's Avatar Where is the second pic Fennie? is it in Toulouse?

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Oct 2018 at 01:07PM

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Fennie's Avatar I think that is a wise choice Camilla.

The first pic was at the Mill and the second is the main square in Figeac which is a medium size medieval town about half and hour by car from the Mill. Toulouse would have been busier, I suspect.

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Oct 2018 at 02:02PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Er...je prefere le campagne, je pense.
Ok that's terrible french but you get the gist.Laughing
How about Country that's close to town? ...best of both worlds.

As much as the antisocial side of me thinks the more remote the better the sensible side of me remembers that access to shops, doctors and a little occasional nightlife can be useful.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Oct 2018 at 03:10PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar I was brought up in a very out of the way place that also managed to be a tourist hot spot every weekend. I then moved to various city locations, the last one being Brighton for 30+ years - another tourist hot spot. Now I'm on the outskirts of a village, in walking distance of a pint of milk with roads quiet enough to cycle on. Each place has suited me just fine at the time.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 16th Oct 2018 at 04:28PM

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Inthemud's Avatar Oh definitely the Countryside for me. I can cope with a short visit to a town or city but couldn't live there now.
I love being surrounded by fields , woods, and country smells and sounds

Posted by: Inthemud on 16th Oct 2018 at 05:23PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Although we technically live in the City because we are on a hill on the outskirts we look over a steep grass bank to the canal and the river then over the top of the city to the fields on the hills over the other side of the "bowl" Inverness sits in... makes living in the city reasonably bearable. We'd be over to the Black Isle like a shot if we could afford it.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Oct 2018 at 05:47PM

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Fennie's Avatar We are fortunate here in having the best of all worlds. Twenty five minutes or less in the car takes me to Cardiff, to an airport, to a railway station, to a Cathedral, and to the sea.
Five minutes walk takes me into the countryside or into the centre of CowbridgeVery HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Oct 2018 at 08:03PM

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Faith's Avatar Where I live is countryfied enough for me. My sister and BIL used to have a farm and in winter often were completely snowed in - don't think I'd like that. I couldnt live in a flat though - must have a garden!

Posted by: Faith on 16th Oct 2018 at 08:52PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Toujour le campagne! Je deteste les villes.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 16th Oct 2018 at 08:59PM

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Fennie's Avatar This is all very similar to what we came up with this morning, though I guess we all have cars or other transport.
Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Oct 2018 at 09:19PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Oh yes! living in the country without a car is virtually impossible in modern life.
The village where we have the Studio is only 5 miles from the city centre but we have a worse bus service than the rest of the Black Isle as not all the busses come into the village at least half of them go sailing past the turn off.
We know from the horses mouth that youngsters that live here have lost out on jobs when the interviewer discovers they live in Kessock but have no car - the bus service is that unreliable! Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Oct 2018 at 10:22AM

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KitKatCot's Avatar Countryside for me but not without a car. We have no bus service.

I read a report in last weeks local paper about the film show in our village hall. The reporter, who has a reputation for not using a car, got here by bus apparently.

A few questions round the village revealed it had taken him 7 hours to get here from 17 miles away...

He walked the last 7 milesConfused

Posted by: KitKatCot on 17th Oct 2018 at 07:24PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar That sound like most places up here KKC.

I only live 6 miles from work 4 of which are within the city limits.
I used to bus it to work when we had the PO I had to leave the house at 7:10am to get 2 different busses and arrive 45 minutes before we opened - the next bus combo made me 20 minutes late for work instead.Rolling Eyes

On the way home, if I was lucky and Mum was working too she would let me off 15 minutes early to get the early bus combo which got me the 6 miles home in just 45 minutes!

If she wasn't working then I had to hang about for 45 minutes just to get the first bus then hang about 30 minutes to get the second and finally got home about 7:30pm. Neutral

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 18th Oct 2018 at 10:11AM

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