I have always felt about the country as Jane Austen’s Mr Bingley. When I’m in the city I love it, when I’m in the country I think I could never leave. Being a Piscean, it figures, we have wide ranging tastes. I like the beach and the bush, the fast paced city life and the calmer quiet of a country town. But I think it’s also something to do with having been exposed at a young age to both lifestyles. Although I’ve spent most of my life living in a suburb north of Melbourne I've had many holiday visits, staying with relatives in the country. I could never say which is better, city or country. I love them both but which do I feel I fit with most?
My parents were raised on farms in Tasmania, but I’m a first-generation Melbourne city girl. I first discovered the joys of the shops in the city during school holidays. Mum and I would catch the tram into ‘town’ as she called it. We’d shop all day up and down Burke Street, visiting David Jones, and purchasing fabric and dress patterns from Clegs. We’d always break for lunch in Myer’s cafeteria where I would have a banana split for desert ( A scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a banana split in half on either side and topped with whipped cream, caramel topping and chopped peanuts). I never had it any other time. Such a treat.
But also during school holidays I would stay with my cousins in Gippsland for a week. Their Dad was a worker on a massive working farm and they lived on the property. I loved being able to roam wide open spaces with my cousins and connect with the animals.
While I have to admit to enjoy being very much a city girl, I think l have a country heart.
Dora Bramden writes contemporary romance. ‘Healing Love, Passionate Romance’.
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