Hummm...could you be pondering a move? If so, I vote for town with a country feel...a "blue" country feel if you get my meaning... :^)
What a good problem to have. My heart screams country while my head quietly insists on city.Country on the weekends?xo Jane
I wish I could choose. One day, maybe. For now we're sort of stuck in cities, which I love, but it can be hard living sometimes. It's always greener.....
Janis, We are always pondering something, looking to live life in the best way possible. Town with a (blue) country feel seems a pleasant choice. I know I liked the view you showed from your drawing table.Jane, There is so much to love in each. As you suggest, a base in the city with short trips to the country has been nice, but we are wondering if we could swing a whole summer in the country. Hmmm...Nicole, We do need to stay close to San Francisco. Even if we escaped to the country for a summer Chris would need to touch down in the city every so often. Good point, "town" does tend to be greener.
how about take those wonderfully stemmy geraniums in the photo and head to the country? perhaps keep a little apt. in the city? everything and everyone starts to look the same if I'm in the city too long. but, in the country...not so...there are less one way streets in the country
An apartment in the city and summer in the country sounds perfect!
Country, but near a cultural city. There is nothing like the fresh air and the stillness, and the slower pace of life.
Is this a trick question?
@Chez - great topic. My answer was too long, so I put it into a post:http://christopherjparsons.com/2011/07/31/where/@flwrjane - your comment helped to spark my thinking on this. My head and heart are divided as well...
melissa (countingdandelions), I do like geraniums. I wonder if my neighbor would mind if I swiped just one pot. There is something about the population of the city that offers anonymity. Sometimes this feels nice and sometimes it doesn't.n. (woolf), Yes, a combination of both.Michele, It does seem like a pretty nice solution.mise, Oh yes, staying away from a cultural city for too long would leave me a little sad. Very wise answer. cookiecrumb, I'm starting to think so.Christopher, Isn't Jane an inspiration? You might also be interested in this post I wrote during the summer of 2009. http://chezdanisse.blogspot.com/2009/06/sometimes-city-makes-you-soft.html
I've always been adamant for town! But after a random, radical move just recently to the country... the country is pretty nice too :) Different kinda nice :)
Me, I'm a town kind of person. At least right now.But the country is very peaceful and pretty and, at least compared to SF, cheaper :)
i just got home from a large city and i missed the country so much. last night as i was falling asleep i realized how quiet it was and it felt so nice. i can't take all of the noise and bustle--on an extended basis. i like the country with little trips to the city. sort of the reverse of what you've been doing. hope you can swing a summer in the country. it's delightful.
I must admit to being a city girl and yet I love being able to escape to the country round here or at my parents' place. Decisions, decisions. In any case your photos are wonderful!
Country country country country country if that's in fact the country I think it is ... But then again, you knew I'd say that :)
With a town like that and a countryside like that it would be a hard decision. If it is a smallish town, it might be a good mix.
When we drive to/through the country, I always want to move. When I return to the city, I always breathe a sigh of relief.
It's a hard one for sure. I love them both but of course for different reasons. It seems that is the case for you too. Perhaps when in the city you are still able to find nature nearby and when in the country you can still be close enough to the city. It's a fine balance, my friend.
Joyti, It seems the country, just outside of SF, doesn't end up being much cheaper. We moved back to the city a few years back, to save money.Shari, We are in the land of quiet nights right now and it is so nice. A wonderful aspect of non-city living.alexandria, Yes, yes, it is a fine balance. I feel lucky to have the freedom to move between the two.
I'm with Jane. Or then again, I think my head screams city and my heart quietly wishes for the peace and quiet of the country. But then again, I've never actually lived in the country, so what my heart says is based on a fantasy that lives in my head. Or in my heart. Or both. xoox,-maria