Is society going urban?

by - 2/28/2017 08:00:00 pm


Hello! So after a few days in Copenhagen, it was city Birmingham for two days then off into the Devonshire Moors for the weekend. The weather, as always, was not on our side but we managed to get out for a few short walks and a look in the markets. I always love it when we do little weekends away to the country, gives me time to breathe and think in a totally different atmosphere. I always come home wishing I could just move to the country now!


While travelling through the vast expanse of nothing but grass and sheep, I began to think about how few children now grow up in the countryside. I don't know whether it's just because I'm an urban child so everyone I know is urban born or whether the situation really is how I see it. Over the last two centuries, rural living has declined enormously.
Is it simply easier to live in the city? Cheaper? Happier? Do children who grew up in the countryside seek to move into the city purely because they feel there's more there? It's definitely a grass is greener situation because as a city dweller I've always liked the idea of looking out of the window into a vast array of green, being able to take a dog out over rolling hills and just knowing that I could walk out of the door into something other than roads and shops. 
It particularly struck me when I read Darriyan’s most recent post where she lightly mentioned how long it took to walk and find a pleasant backdrop! We choose to live in ugly areas because there's more around us and I think that means that we're missing what we actually need. We've cut ourselves off, factors like economy and transport have made it impossible to live outside of the city. Has the country just become a place for holiday homes and retirement? Is it possible for young families to even live out in the country anymore?


The Airbnb we stayed in was owned by an older couple who lived in the attached cottage next door, our host had lived there for twenty years and met his wife seven years ago. The only people we saw walking on the moors were of the older generation and I don’t think I saw a single child for the entire holiday. I highly doubt that all the country families had come to the city for half term so where are all the children and youth?
In the belief that it was in fact profession that limits the ability to live in the country I wanted to look into jobs that you could do in the country that weren't just based on agriculture, uncovering this article:
 13 Jobs You Can Do in the Country (that aren't farming) ~ ReThinkRural
All of which involve working from home or working in technology leading me on to my next hunt - bloggers. I scoured the internet looking for any young part time bloggers living in the countryside who'd written about their lives, and I found nothing. Is it me not looking hard enough? Or is it that country bloggers are just very limited? (I for one would love to read the blog of a farmer or shepherdess.) Could it be that rural living teenagers just simply aren't pulled towards the blogging life in fear that their articles will not draw the same amount of attention as city bloggers? One of my favourite bloggers, Isabella Thordsen, moved to East London from Sønderborg in Denmark for the fashion industry and is now a well known blogger for ASOS as well as doing her own freelance jobs. This could be the desire for many country bloggers who aspire to become more known. 


So, to share with you the fruits of my labour. I give to you the best active country lifestyle bloggers I could find:

Cider with Rosie
On Serpentine Shores
The Freckled Fieldnotes

and there are definitely many more! Most of them are young adults as I failed to find any student ones at all. Illustrating my point that either young families don't seem to live in the countryside anymore or that teenagers don't seem to be as pulled to blogging. 


Now, I love the city. I'm not going to deny it, I don't think I could ever make a full move to the countryside after living for so long in Birmingham. Which makes me wonder if other young people feel the same, meaning that hypothetically in thirty, forty or fifty years time maybe country living will completely dissolve leaving only farmers behind, Eventually, will the countryside even be in use anymore in Britain? Will we just import everything? I read an article by the BBC that claims:

"Some experts say that the future of farming is big massive farms that operate on the world market. Family farmers should rely on money from alternative incomes to fund their farming." 

So will more countryside bloggers be popping up in order to provide these alternative incomes? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Have you got a particular rural blogger that you love? Are you a rural blogger? I'd love to find more to read so please comment below!

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35 comments

  1. I've been living in a city since attending college here years ago, I moved into the suburbs surrounded by people, homes, and amenities. Recently, my husband and I have been craving nature and a home built on some land for peace and quiet. Also, a place for our kids to explore and practice with their imagination. It is amazing how people seem more comfortable in a city setting these days.

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    1. So true! Did you move in order to attend college?

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  2. We want to build on land but such a long commute to work. Plus, i think its hard blogging away from the city. Most my sponsored posts are particular about where i shop. Someday though, we will have a nice home away from it all!

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    1. That's totally what I mean about cutting ourselves off from living in the country. We need to work on our transport system so people can live in the countryside but work in the city.

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  3. I'm not sure how it is in other places but in the US it is definitely NOT cheaper to live in the city, in fact it's much more expensive! However as someone that has lived in the city, suburbs, and rural, I can say that there is the convenience that comes with living in the city where you're near everything.

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    1. In the UK it definitely depends on where in the countryside. Wales is relatively cheap. It's extortionate to live in London.

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  4. Living in the city here in the US is expensive. I have lived in the city for few years and decided to move to the mountain.

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    1. What made you decide to move? Cost?

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  5. These photos are gorgeous! Love living in a more rural area myself, but sometimes miss the big city!

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    1. Thank you! How long have you lived rurally?

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  6. Gorgeous Photos babe..! xx, Neha
    http://www.theinstylejournal.com

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  7. Sounds like an amazing place!

    Xx,

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    1. Err, feel like you may have commented on the wrong post?

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  8. Nice photos! I prefer not to live in the city!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  9. We live in Philadelphia, on the outskirts of the city, and whenever we get a chance we run out to the Farms. We spend the day there, just trying to get away from the hustle of the city. we always joke that we're going to get up and move to a farm one day. It's slower, more peaceful, and no traffic (best part!)

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    1. Would absolutely love to live on a farm, so calm! Thanks for reading x

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  10. I am more of a city blogger, but we love visiting rural towns and camping. Love your photos!

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    1. I love camping but very rarely get to go! Thank you! xx

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  11. This is such a great reminder to get outside. In fact, I need to get my kids outdoors this weekend. Christelle

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  12. My bf and I bought a new house few months ago and when the renovation will be done, we will move in the countryside. I've been living in my city for 28 years but now I am ready for a quiter (and more natural) life. Oh, and it's only 10 minutes far by my city...so not too far from urban civilization when I need it haha!
    Thank you for this super interesting post!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Wow! That's so cool. Hope rural life is as good as you expect haha.
      Thanks for reading xx

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  13. Not really relevant but I was driving to Cardiff yesterday and saw so much greenery and countryside on the way that I felt like I was in another universe. Living in a boring urban town like I do there is something magical about the countryside so I hope society isn't going urban and I would love to own a house in the country one day xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. It's totally true, the countryside feels completely alien and it's gorgeous!
      xx

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  14. Your photography is beautiful! Very atmospheric.

    Tia The 10am Blog

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  15. You definitely post some interesting questions here. I like both rural and urban areas for different reasons. I will say I tend to only enjoy more rural areas when on a trip or a weekend getaway. I just love the accessibility and instant lifestyle that living urban gives me. Maybe it's a millennial thing? I do think sooner than later, more people will go back to wanting their rural escapes though.

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. Oooh I totally agree. I guess by keeping the countryside distant we're creating a little getaway for ourselves that actually doesn't cost a bomb like a foreign holiday. Thanks so much for reading! xx

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  16. I don't think that rural living will disappear any time soon. Here, in Lithuania, it's quite common and actually more and more people move to live in a countryside rather than a city. Yes, children are more likely to move to cities once their hit 18 to attend universities or pursue a career but rural living is definitely note dead here and I hope it never will die :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Also, I forgot to mention that my favourite rural lifestyle blogger is Me&Orla (www.meandorla.co.uk). You need to check her blog and Instagram, I think you will love it :)

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    2. Maybe it's just a British thing then! I hope it won't die either, I really love the idea of living in a cottage somewhere. Thanks will definitely check her out! I love her layout already!

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  17. I do see where you're coming from in this post. I did grow up in an urban area but my grandad had a farm so I had the best of both worlds x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  18. I live in a country village which works best for me as there is still lots of things here so you are not completely rural. It was a shock after moving from a city but now I'm used to it I couldn't go back.

    Gemma x
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  19. This was honestly such a great read! I totally know what you mean about society going urban. I live on the outskirts of the city, in between the countryside and the main city. So feel me personally it feels like the perfect fit. If I go one way, I can be involved with the city life like I'm use to, but if I go the other I can escape to the country and in someways it feels like I'm shutting off from the world. The countryside is great way to just breathe and chill out. We all need more of it x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I've been living in a city my whole life, but always visited the mountains and rural sides. Can't imagine living outside of the city to be honest, though I love traveling to the countryside since the scenery is unbeatable. Amazing topic!

    xo
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  21. wow, amazing photos. Looks beautiful x
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