Coun­try life has ev­ery­thing I need

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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

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