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Friday, October 30, 2009

City vs. country

I love Manhattan, but sometimes the garbage trucks are too loud and the mice are too in-our-living-room. Emersonmade makes me want to move to the countryside and hang out on haystacks.

Are you a city girl or a country girl?

(Photos by Emersonmade)

86 comments:

sarah said...

lovely pictures!

i can totally relate! originally from a small town in north dakota but now call chicago home. i love both! but miss the beauty of the country, and the quite. it's made me appreciate it so much more.

Joanna said...

I grew up in the country (I'm a farmer's daughter, after all!), but I have really acclimated to the city. For my sanity, I need both.

Cathi said...

I love going to the country, as my sister lives there, it's a nice place to visit, but I am a big city girl, definitely! I need my bookstores and coffee shops!

MarjnHomer said...

im a city girl at heart but was born in a small viallge

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

I'm both. Grew up in country, now living in city. I can't be without either!! :)

Anonymous said...

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Michelle said...

Country, absolutely. In fact, I'm currently working at a local store on Main St. listening to country music. I'm not sure how much more country I could be!

Peonies and Polaroids said...

I love both. I lived in the city until I was 12 then I moved to a very remote island for 6 years then back to the city. I miss my island but I also love being able to go to the cinema and not having to wait until Monday afternoon for my Sunday paper. I need both city and countryside, which gets tricksy!

kellyhicks said...

i'm definitely a city girl but sometimes wish I was a country girl! It sounds so nice to have a simpler life! But I would definitely miss my shops :).

Danielle said...

I love cities and I love visiting the country. I live in suburbia though. It's a happy medium.

Joanna Goddard said...

so interesting!!! i sometimes daydream about moving to the country, but i think i'd be freaked out by a big house and get spooked at night!

Charmaine said...

I'm a country girl. I've lived in the city before & I have to say I love the slower pace of life in the country... Although I have to find my little piece of paradise within reach of the city because that's where my job is.

Melissa Blake said...

I actually debated this topic in a newspaper column a few years ago. I felt like I grew up in both places: I lived in the country, but was always in the city (Chicago) for all my medical appointments and surgeries. It was like the best of both worlds!

Kelly Anne said...

Country, all the way. I live in the suburbs now, and am dying to get away because the city is constantly creeping towards us.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I'm a city girl who now lives in the country. My husband insists we don't live in the country but there's cornfields and cows down the street... if you live near cows, you live in the country! I miss the city sorely... everytime I'm in NYC or Boston I feel so much better.

Taylor K said...

I grew up in Los Angeles, but went to college in Flagstaff. I cannot wait to get back to my cute small town!

.lauryn said...

i love emmersonmade! country country country. I think the ONLY city I would like to live in is Lexington, VA. You really should visit it. its the perfect small town surrounded by mountains.

Diane Faye Zerr said...

I have to say I'm a little bit of both. I grew up young in a city to move to a farm town but love visiting any city when I get a chance.

Rachel said...

I love living in a big city because I never learned to drive and use public transit but I am a country girl at heart.

Kwil said...

I'm a country girl in the city and I long to live in the country again. Being in the big city seems to be quite hazardous to my health and sanity... I miss the quiet, the fresh air, the wildlife and room to breathe.

citymouse said...

City. Country is lovely--if you can get out. Or so both my father (grew up on a farm) & my mother (small town who corrected my 'small town' fantasies early & often) said. Nice to visit...if you can't leave (& you are "different" -- in any manner), watch out.

So I don't get hate mail, I will non-blogger ID:)

owl and peacock : melina said...

Ohhh dear, debate of my life! I grew up on Chicago and decreased my city-living just a bit by moving to Denver - lots of country access there. Now I'm back in Chicago, and not very in love! I'm dreaming about moving to a fisherman's village in Nova Scotia. Seriously. I could do with herding goats and spinning yarn for the rest of my life. :)

Freck said...

Country girl at heart (papa freck is a farmer:) ) and now I'm a city girl.

Blue Satin Sashes said...

I like country life with quick and easy access to city conveniences like shopping and groceries : ) Where I grew up in upstate NY our closest grocery store was 10 miles away and the mall was a 45-minute car trip. Unacceptable!

life according to celia... said...

city girl, born and raised. sometimes i long for a country life, but when my *husband* takes me home to new hampshire, i usually start really wanting my home after about 4 days. i don't even really have a "city" life, per se, but it is comforting to know you have options... you know??

hannah said...

Country Bumpkin through and through. Just cannot seem to get it out of my system!
I long for a small farm, with a small farmhouse and a nice big piece of land around me. Hopefully one day I will be able to fulfill my dreams.

Caroline, no. said...

Those Hunters look fab there. Maybe it's time to invest.

I was brought up in the country (a gorge little town in Yorkshire.) I live in London now though. Erm, I love, love, love the city. However I'm lucky enough to have a garden, which keeps me sane. I absolutely LOVE the country too, though. Maybe when I get older and don't feel the need to be out and about enjoying everything the city has to offer, so much.

Nicole G. said...

City girl, definitely. But not a huge city, a more medium or small-sized city. Not to say I don't like a good country getaway for some hiking and camping though, every once in a while. So I'd say I'm an outdoorsy city girl :)

susie q said...

I have that Green Acres theme song running through my mind. I'm definitely a city girl, but I love a good country getaway.

Allie said...

I think I'm a city girl; I live in Seattle and LOVE IT. And I love visiting big places like NYC, Paris, and Chicago. BUT I'm glad that the country is "there" to escape to when I need it.

Bailey@ peppermintbliss.com said...

I'm a country mouse living in the big city, fall makes me yearn for pastures and olive green hunter boots!

Johanna said...

i'm a city girl (washington DC) living in the country. (springville, UT). i love, love, big pretty cities. i miss living in the city. i do appreciate country living. love the photos!

Bri (like the cheese) said...

Cities are great to visit, but life in the country is just so wonderful! I'm a small-town southern girl who finally found her way 'home'!
I did LOVE living in Chicago for the 2 years I was there...and I miss it.

monica burnett said...

i wish i was either! i'm a stuck in suburbia girl, for the moment.

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Tori Alexis said...

i adore the city, but my heart belongs to the country.

Cassandra said...

never thought i'd end up being a country girl, but i am through and through!

Taylor said...

I live in a city that cannot figure out if it is a big city or a small town. My commute is only a round trip total of 30 minutes per day but there isn't an (acceptable) public option for transportation. I long to one day be able to scoot out my building and walk to my destination or have the ability to jump on a subway...ahhh someday!

Allison said...

I'm definitely a suburbs girl! But I always enjoy a visit to big cities. In fact, I'm beginning to a notice a pattern in my vacationing as I tend to hit up big cities. Thanks for sharing; the photos are lovely!

nath said...

well now, there's a question.

right now, i'm a country mouse but i do so miss the city. we lived in London before we moved to the country. both have their advantages and disadvantages. it's so beautiful here (i live in Dorset - but your family live in Cornwall, right?) and perfect for my little girl to grow up, with the beach and the woods and all that jazz.

but i miss big-city anonymity sometimes and galleries and seeing what people are wearing and fancy restaurants and sushi and oh, i had better stop. the country is good, and not always spooky!

...Seyma... said...

cute pics!!

i guess i'm both..

happy halloween..

Law of Attraction said...

I like both. I've lived in both. Joanna you won't escape the mice in the country. That's a life long issue.

Tori said...

I'm from a small town in NY so when we ventured off to big cities I thought it was way too fast for me. I'm totally a little country girl. I get too stressed being in the city. Too much road rage going on. :) Gorgeous Photos!

Elsa May said...

Country definitely - with a few city trips now and then to keep the balance. I totally get the being freaked out at night in the country though - you turn out the lights and it's pitch black and then you here a weird noise.....eek!

Cari said...

I grew up in a small town and now live in a small city but I dream of living in NYC or Chicago one day...

Angela said...

I'm indifferent! I think I adapt well to both country and city settings. Never lived in either but I visit both often. I can definitely see myself in the suburbs outside of a city like Minneapolis or Boston. Long way to go for me--I'm in college still.

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

City with a small side of country girl envy.

Mara said...

I'm a city girl who wants be a country girl. Like is just so much simpler there.. and people are nicer! LA gets too tiring!

emarie said...

Being a single girl in the city is so much fun and the only way I know to be.

But. One day, I hope to own some land, raise some kids on it, and spend my days taking things a bit slower. I look forward to letting the country girl inside roam free!

!Tb0n3! said...

City with a big garden! Wait...is that too much to ask for? I think so...

Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

not sure! i like having a lot of things to do but it sure is nice to be outdoors.

i'm living in a teensy-tiny town in rural NC right now but i'm hoping to move to a big city when i graduate.. we'll see.. :)

Diane said...

I'd think I'd like to try to be more of a country girl, but I know I'm more of city girl at heart. I just like the hustle and bustle! I'm sure this'll change as I get older, though.

D&D said...

i was born and raised in nyc. i lived for the concrete. but then i met a lobsterman from off the coast of maine. turns out i love him more than that glorious steel city.
right now i live on an island and have to take a ferry just to go to a pharmacy!
my life is certainly different now but i wouldn't have it any other way.

Devi said...

Definintey city girl as I grew up in a city of about 16 million people. But sometimes I really enjoy the country R&R. City car noise are really geting to me for the past few years. But more than a few days in the country is all I can handle.

Samantha said...

A country girl overall... (who doesn't love wellies with a gorgeous dress?) but i live in a big city now, so i s'pose a bit of both :)

Trina Enriquez said...

Love the fourth picture especially.

Guess if I had to pick--well, do I have to?? I love having both. I grew up in the country but now live near the city (in a green, hilly, quiet suburb where I still see deer on occasion, not to mention rabbits and quail and the occasional rattlesnake or raccoon).

Daisy said...

Country at heart with a slight sprinkle of city ! Lovely photos!

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, city girl with a big garden would be a dream.

Lindsay said...

I grew up in central Pennsylvania where half of my town was farm land (we had a special parking area at walmart for the Amish's horse and buggy) and the rest of the area was mountains. Though it was hard to grow up there because of the lack of things to do, I appreciate it so much more now and there is nothing I'd rather do than go home and hike to an area that is miles away from human contact and read!

{à la mode} said...

I grew up in Alabama and Arkansas (you can't get more country than that! Except for Mississippi, but that's a whole different story), but I'm drawn to huge cities, specifically Chicago and Atlanta. I need both!

Laurel said...

country all the way. You could run out the door butt naked at my home and nobody would see you!!! ;) who wouldn't want to do that!:) (I kid... sorta.)

moonshinejunkyard said...

country girl through and through. small towns full of real true friends, fields and hills and forests for full moon romps, rivers and lakes for summer swimming, fresh air and animals and gardens and fruit trees and pine trees and birds singing, all that good stuff that frees and inspires the soul. emerson of course knew this, so the name is appropriate!

a little city time here and there helps keep life sparkly though!

~S~ said...

I always thought I was a city gal, seeing as I've never lived anywhere but the city...but the older I get the more I'm loving everything country. Including country music!

Sallie Ann said...

Love reading all these notes from people who share the city-country pull. My roots are in the deep south, yet I am so in love with Chicago, I know I'll never leave. Have one foot in both places, and relish the mix of the two.

{lovely little things} said...

I'm a city gal, but I do love extended stays in the country to get away from the hustle & bustle and enjoy simpler times

Amy said...

Lovely collection!

I'm a country girl but have pangs for the city. I love the quietness and rustic beauty of the country but the city has so much more variety(shops, museums, restaurants, etc.).

AJ said...

I am a previously-confirmed city girl who, for the last 2 years (as of this coming Christmas) has lived in the country, on a blue lake, 30 minutes away from the nearest Starbucks and I LOVE IT! I still wear my Manolos but now, I also wear Wellies and plaid shirts and I have a tool belt and wear a big brimmed hat when I work in my garden...you CAN be a city and country girl, all in one!

Elizabeth said...

I was born a country girl, but on the inside I'm from the city. I need to have at least a dozen book stores around to feel happy, even though the mice are a little too-in-my-living-room too now that Boston is cold.

I miss the country for driving...there's more room for mistakes. Run off the road a little? No big deal! Here, you'd kill someone.

christine louise said...

I'm a country girl (a farmer's daughter!). We have cows and chickens and piggies and barn cats. I love it, and I cannot wait to raise little country bumpkins.

Kitty Lo said...

I can't survive in the country! Very sadly, I've permanent problem starting the stove or breaking an egg. I grew up in Hong Kong, food is always just less than 5 steps away. But I love to run, so I think the country would be lovely. A girl's gotta have both eh!

SummerTeeth said...

both. conflicted. loveeee the first image

Not your goddess said...

city girl, definitely! but you need to escape to the country every now and then!

Anonymous said...

City for sure! I live in the country now, but I crave the city. I find myself daydreaming about walking down a bustling city street as I drive past empty acres of cattle and flocks of wild turkey.

I like the country...as a quaint place to visit, but love the city.

Sammi said...

I am a country bumpkin only too happy to be walking in the mud with my dog, best friend and her dog perfect way to exercise and catch up with friends :o)

jennine said...

city.
i've lived most my adult life in the midst of urban areas, and i spent a year an a half in a small german village and i have to say, i'm so happy to be back in the city.

Stephanie said...

Hmmm. A little bit of both, I think.

I like the rush-rush, pedestrian-friendly, right-in-the-middle-of-everything feeling of the city.

But I also like being out in the stillness of nature - enjoying wide open spaces, spectacular sunsets, and quiet sunrises.

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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I need both, country and the city. The older I get, the more I appreciate a long weekend in the country, but I always get back to the city. It's like the photo - dress and rain boots.

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