Country life has everything I need
READING Rachel Garnett’s criticism of life in the country (Mail), I am forced to ask which countryside she is referring to? I live in a beautiful rural area, but I can assure Ms Garnett that should I require mangoes, decent coffee, dark chocolate, Chablis or lipgloss, it is readily available at three of four supermarkets within a tenminute drive. In fact, with the exception of lipgloss, all these things are also available at my local shop/post office. We also have perfect mobile phone reception, and as for gyms, leisure centres and adult education, we have those as well. Why does she think there’s nothing for children to do? There are swimming pools, dance classes, theatre groups, Brownies, Scouts and sports clubs nearby, as well as beautiful beaches and, yes, lots of children ride and have their own ponies. My daughters, now grown-up, would spend summer holidays meeting friends on the beach, and they would have ridden the five miles there on their bikes. I wonder how many city children would be allowed to do that? They also had holiday jobs, which are there if you look for them. My children didn’t miss out on anything. We also have an excellent university nearby, and many local youngsters go there and live at home. This is a small island we live on, and in England and Wales at least no rural area is so isolated that all ameneties aren’t within reach. As I write this, I am sitting with my door open, listening to the birds singing. Town or country? I know which life I would choose.
ANGELA OWEN, Gwalchmai, Anglesey.
Rural idyll: Angela Owen is puzzled by criticism of country life