1. Because this view is probably not far away.
2. You can meet your neighbour and have a chat over the fence, without HAVING to chat with your neighbour over the fence just because it’s 3 feet from your clothesline.
3. You can seriously stargaze while dinner cooks, and see every constellation, satellite and shooting star in the Southern Hemisphere with a glass of wine in your hand (see No.1) – no street lights mean no light haze and the night sky is deep and amazing with no lights to drain it.
4. The neighbours keep an eye on you, but they can’t WATCH you. (Although anyone driving to the Murrumbateman Tip between 7 and 8.30am is likely to see me in my pink flannel pj’s, wearing hubby’s gumboots, while I feed the horse and I don’t care anymore if you toot the horn).
5. When your boys fight, you can chuck one out the front door and one out the back door, and tell them to keep going until they reach a fence.
6. You can bring a Jack Russell puppy home and it can turn into an Irish Wolfhound and still live with you.
7. On acreage, nobody can hear you sing. (Particularly Jeff Buckley’s ‘So Real’ at the top of your lungs.)
8. It is quiet, until you learn to hear the birds, and the lambs, and the cows, and the horses and me singing Jeff Buckley as I collect horse pooh for my garden.
9. There is no end to the gardening you can do always something to do…you will never get bored on acreage. Drop into your local winery, join the ponyclub, fix a fence, sit under a tree with a book, plant 10 trees that will grow 50 metres tall. Use your imagination.
10. This can become an everyday occurance…
(Hey Trish, this one’s for you!)