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Escaping Grey Suburbia For That Rose Tinted Country Idyll

There are some great lifestyle programmes on daytime tv involving houses and gardens.  One in particular involves couples being invited to name a county they’d like to move to and buy a country cottage.  This escape ethos seems to be the spark that gets folk putting their boring suburban piles on the market to see how much they’d get if sold.   We get given a list of their ‘absolute must haves’ together with an often even longer list of ‘must not have’ and ‘absolute deal breaker’ items.  I am amazed just how ignorant and daft some folk are.  The older ones profess to needing to downsize  . . .   usually from the larger than average family home on the outskirts of some popular town.  They have this idea that once they move, they suddenly won’t need any of the stuff they’ve collected over the years.  When they meet up with the host of the show, usually in a field or nearby pleasure park, they exchange ideas of these unbudgable lists.  But when they look around he proffered cottages, the first hurdle is always ‘oh its a bit dark in here, must be the beams/small windows/ small rooms/crowded furniture etc.  The host then gently suggests they try to forget their current spacious home and try to imagine their furniture and effects in this cottage setting.  I love it.  They are always pretty gorgeous and I’d give my eye teeth for one!

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