posted on Mar, 17 2010 @ 04:30 PM
I've always fantasized about living this way. Ever since a child.
Ironically, I was probably influenced quite a bit by MSM TV programmes in the UK when i was young.
Everyone of a certain age here, from the UK and perhaps beyond, will remember 'The Good Life'. A show where a middle aged, middle class couple Named
Tom and Barbara Good dropped out of the rat race, up to a point.
They left their jobs, and owning their home stayed in suburbia, but living a self sufficiency lifestyle. They kept chickens, pigs, goats and even a
cow. They grew their own vegetables, brewed wine and beer and made their own clothes, all from their semi in suburbia. They bartered for life's
'essentials', such as feminine articles, toilet goods and so on, swapping eggs and veg for them.
I though it was wonderful, and i often daydreamed of living a similar lifestyle.
Another TV show that had a similar impact on me, was a US show called 'The Life and times of Grizzly Adams'..most of the Americans will probably
know that one, and remember it well.
The sheer beauty of the setting, the freedom and the sense of peace really struck a cord with me. Really inspiring.
I backpacked around pretty much of Canada in the mid 90's, with a semi-serious eye to actually doing what ol' Grizzly did...but alas my wife wasn't
keen on the idea. Staggeringly beautiful country, and coming from the UK, which can be driven from end to end or side to side in a single day, the
sheer enormity of Canada was something you have to experience to appreciate.
New Zealand is another beautiful country, which we loved visiting, the people are great too...a bit like the British were back in the 1970's, is how
my wife and i thought of them..i don't mean backwards or anything, but just really friendly and open.
I now have two very young children, so i doubt living life as you want to would be viable at present for us, but i'll admit to being nostalgic for my
daydreams, and hope everything works out for you the way you plan it to, should you decide to take the plunge.
I REALLY don't want to be the one to sour your enthusiasm in the least, and the photos you've posted look lovely (i'm not THAT keen on heat and hot
climates, so India would be out for me personally), and i know that there are very good reasons for you wanting to get out of the area you are
currently living in, but i think it needs to be said...that you *may* be swapping one war zone, for another by thinking of India. Tensions are always
up and down with Pakistan, and both nations have 'the bomb'. Although that valley looks nice and remote, if war breaks out it might not be so
But hey, who knows what tomorrow will bring eh?
Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories for me, and good luck if you go.