Friday, May 11, 2012

Town Mouse or Country Mouse?

I’ve lived in towns and the country, though the towns I lived in weren’t heavily populated and quite small in comparison to some. I prefer to live in the countryside with easy access to town if I feel the urge to go there.

During the long summer holidays when I was small, I spent time at both of my Grandmother’s houses, one in the country the other in the town.  I loved both.  My Grandmother in the country had an outside chemical toilet and if you wanted a bath it had to be dragged in, water heated in a boiler and the bath in front of the fire filled up.  Needless to say bath night was once a week.  You made do with a good wash everyday in between.  She cooked on a fire too, though she did have a stove for cooking the roast on a Sunday.  There were plenty of books or I went to play with the girls who lived on the farm across the road.  I later found out that they were my distant cousins.
Town Grandmother’s house was busier, there were more people to pop in for a cup of tea during the day and we went to the shops every day too, to buy groceries and bread.  There were also relatives nearby to visit.  On Friday we went on the bus to the market in the City to buy fish.  The buses seemed to run every ten minutes so you just went when you were ready.  Very strange for me coming from a place where there was a bus three times a week.  I played with the girl next door who took me to her friend’s houses so that there was quite a gang of us at times.  Sometimes I stayed and did huge jigsaw puzzles with my Grandmother; we used to cover the unfinished puzzle with a cloth at meal times.  My uncle, who was only 5 years older than me, read super hero comics, so I read them too.  I was also allowed to choose a couple of books from the library on the weekly visit.  I was also given something to do in the greenhouse.  I remember watering the passion flowers and learning what each part of the flower meant. 

The best part was bed time.  Every evening it was my Grandfather’s job to put me to bed.  First we would go into the dining room and talk about the picture that was hanging there.  It was a stage coach at an Inn collecting passengers.  Then I had a fireman’s lift up the stairs! Goodness knows how I settled down to sleep after all of the giggles that involved.

Probably the best part of being at either Grandparent’s house was that I was the only child; at home I had two sisters and a baby brother.  For a little while I got lots of attention.  I used to cry when I went home.

So which are you – Town Mouse or Country Mouse?

As a reward for reading this far you can now watch the theme song from Green Acres!

Here's part of the first episode too.


Caroline said...

Used to like that programme. Zaza kept it alive for me...

joanne greenwood said...

I'm a flittering kind of mouse. Somedays I wake up and wish I was a Town mouse...other days I crave country mouse.

I'm not sure I'll ever feel settled!

Susan said...

I have always lived in the town but I would love to live out in the country. I've often said that I wish I could live in a house in the middle of a big field with no neighbours to annoy me. It will never happen but we can all dream, can't we?

Ugochi said...

I think I've experienced both.
Lovely true tale, found you at Judy's blog. And now following you on GFC.

Don said...

I'm a bit of both historically, but prefer the country mouse tail by a long shot. I like the "human noise quite" of the country, as it allows me to focus more on what needs focusing vs the sounds. I also like it that visitors have "to work it" (travel) to visit, so they won't typically just drop in. (When at home, I like to not have to "visit" unless there is good reason to...)

Friar Don, OBR

Destiny Ariel Davison said...

I just stumbled upon your blog, and you are such a thoughtful writer, I'm glad I did!


Anji said...

Caroline: I loved Zaza too, especially her négligées.

Joanne: Could mean that you'll always be happy wherever you go!

Susan: I'd give it a trial run first. I lived like that as a child, my townie friends thought that it was too quiet.

Ugochi: Thank you for visiting!
Which did you prefer, the town or the country?

Don: it's true, they really have to want to visit if they have to travel to get to you.

Destiny: Thank you. I really wish I had more time to write

ExposeYourBlog! Joining up bloggers for over two years.

A Lady's Life said...

I am both. I think people need both.
If I had a choice, I'd choose country every time.

Anji said...

A Lady's Life:There are times when I enjoy the town, but I'm a country girl at heart