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14 best things about living in the sticks

Hay bales, feeding lambs, catching tadpoles…

YESTERDAY WE TEASED out some of the delights of growing up in a housing estate, from the ice-cream vans to the water fights to The Green.

Now it’s the country kids’ turn.

Here are the 15 bests things about living in the sticks…

1. Knowing your way around a cow or a horse

Everyone knows you don’t stand behind them or you’ll get a kick in the head, right?

And if you had to cross their fields,  you had to respect their territory. It was also vital to be able to identify a bull.

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2. The school bus

The 4 mile journey to school could take more than an hour as two children from each laneway had to be picked up for a 15 mile radius.

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3. Looking after newborn lambs


4. Only having one best friend, and spending every day together

5. Putting sticks in your wellies/socks so the badgers would think they’d broken your ankle

6. Being terrified of badgers

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Except these ones, these ones are cute


7. Intimate knowledge of rocks, ledges and mounds…

…and knowing which ones could support your weight while climbing

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8. Playing in the woods

Perfect for rope swings, climbing, hiding, scaring yourself silly…

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9. Drinking the froth from a bucket of fresh milk

Pasteurisation is for pussies!


10. Picnics

Just like the Famous Five.

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11. Leaving in the morning and coming back in time for dinner

12. Tiny classes in school

If there were 13 people in your class, 7 of them were probably related to each other. There also may have been 3rd, 4th and 5th class  in the same room.

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13. Collecting frogspawn and tadpoles and hoping that they’d turn into frogs

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14. Playing on hay bales

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We know we missed loads, so let us know in the comments section…

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