There are plenty of differences between city living and country living, obviously.
For one, when you’re in the city there’s a pretty small chance of getting stuck behind a herd of cows being moved down the road, so you have to crawl along in your car at approximately three kilometres an hour until they veer off in to a paddock.
But it only just occurred to me the other day how many differences there are when it comes to the transition between winter and spring.
When I used to live in the country, the first sign of spring was the lambs. Lambs are often born during the later half of winter, and their little high-pitched bleets signalled that warmer weather was on its way. In my garden, flowers started to come out, so everything, including the air, was more floral. We would have to pick sticks up off the lawn for what seemed like hours, because the winds had gotten up and made the trees’ branches, brittle from winter, start to snap. The country seemed somewhat brighter when spring was coming, because the sun would reflect off the snowy mountains, creating a stark kind of glare.
Here in the city, however, there’s no lambs bleeting. There is snow on the mountains, but it’s much further away, hiding behind buildings, only to be seen if you look hard enough. Our garden is significantly smaller, so the smell of flowers is much less overpowering. Instead, you feel spring coming by the way the sun bounces off the brick buildings and warms your hands through your pockets, while your nose is bright red from the icy wind. Sometimes you get a whiff of flowers, and it’s so wonderful. When spring comes in the city, you can see it on people’s faces, because they’re happy and somewhat tanned after heading abroad to escape the cold.
Anyway, there’s not much point to this post. It’s just it’s been about a year and a half since I moved to the city and I am still surprised by the differences I come across, even though my city is still very much a country city. Cities don’t get all that cosmopolitan in Tasmania. Either way, it’s wonderful and I love it.
I hope you’re all having a spectacular start to the week!