Yes, one can have a rural life in the city.
Well they can have one anywhere they please.
How do I know this?
I read the WEEKLY TIMES.
It is an institution. Full of all things rural, semi, urban and metropolitan living and issues affecting us all.
Who needs the politics and “fake news” when we can have our fill of interesting and ground breaking news through the reading of this marvelous newspaper.
Of course since its inception, in 1869 and 7611 issues later.
It is still going strong.
Originally for farmers in rural communities, it bought news of wool, wheat, sheep, cattle prices, sales and stories of the movers and shakers of the agricultural industry; and world at large.
Of course it has always had a political story or two.
But on reading back issues they are far more informative of who people were, what their policies were and how they could (or did) change the world.
A precise record of our history. Whom needs Peter Fitzsimons books (sorry Pete) when you can read either a proper paper or e online version of “the truth and the real truth….” Of how we all did cope.
Through fire, flood, drought and hail, storm, rain, changing commodity prices, governments, wars, and every other issue that life throws at us.
Why Australia really does /has and will continue to ride on the proverbial ‘sheep’s back’.
This week, was catch up week. I had two back issues to peruse.
In them I read about:
- the ongoing Murray Goulbourn dairy industry sale (debacle), will Saputo wont Saputo buy them??
- how insurance companies were not paying out (properly) for stolen livestock,
- where the rain fell, and how much.
- What the farm outputs would mean in terms of GDP growth for Australia.
- the cost of water (per gigalitre) in large regional cities and how this varies across Victoria to how it hits our HIP POCKET.
- The ongoing wind and solar farm debate. It must be good, in some way, as it seems to be providing employment in rural communities; where needed.
- The newly floated idea of changing electoral boundaries, to offset our spiraling semi-rural and urban fringe population explosion. What should we call these new areas?
- Of course it is currently cotton season. So there is always a story or two on how this industry has evolved with best practices, minimal water and chemical usage.
- In the COUNTRY SECTION there is excellent articles on people, food and books. In the most recent one there is a very interesting, not boring, article on DR Sally Norton who heads up the AUSTRALIAN GRAINS GENEBANK in the regional city of Horsham, Victoria. www.seedpartnership.org.au
- Peter Cundall – Australia’s’ living treasure writing about all things organics. gardeningaustralia.com.au or Facebook and Instagram.
So have a read. You may be pleasantly surprised on what you learn. And we are never too old to learn…….
OH yes the best bit for me, apart from the cooking page is: The Property Section. All those grand houses, land, lifestyles for sale. Man I wish I could buy them all.