“I Love The Countryside, I Love It Not!”

“I Love The Countryside, I Love It Not!”
“I Love The Countryside, I Love It Not!”

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a city-girl at heart.

Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE our quaint home away-from home in the Sardinian countryside.  Just imagine, a traditional rustic country home surrounded by lush greenery, an abundant garden, basking in the heat of the golden sun.



But…there’s another side to the story!

Now, imagine: a small house with four people crammed into a basement apartment for two, surrounded by bugs, spiderwebs connecting the trees like connect-the-dots, tons of insects and mosquitoes swarming the garden, burning under the heat of the unforgiving sun, and last, but not least…NO air-conditioning!!!

Over the years, I’ve very slowly learned to sometimes appreciate many things about country-living but there are still so many factors that continue to frustrate the city-girl in me.  I’ve also learned first-hand that the grass is NOT always greener on the other side!

Here are some factors that influence my love/hate relationship with the country:

I LOVE that my clothes acquire that fresh “outside” smell from drying in the fresh warm breeze.


I HATE having to iron the “crunchiness” out of them!  (Normally, I find ironing quite relaxing but what can be relaxing about ironing when it’s 90+ degrees with NO air-conditioning?!)


I LOVE listening to the birds chirp, watching the butterflies flutter among the flowers…I even don’t mind strange looking creatures (pictured below) hanging out on our windowsill.


I HATE spiders! (This is coming from a self-professed arachnophobic!)

I HATE “outside” spiders!


I HATE “inside” spiders!

This one hitched a ride in the basket of oranges we brought into the house to make fresh orange juice!


Did I mention, I…HATE…SPIDERS?! Eewwww!


I LOVE that I can pick fresh, organic (pesticide-free) produce from the garden.

I HATE getting attacked by mosquitoes and swarmed by flies and bees, and not to mention spotting a spider or two, while venturing into the garden.


I LOVE hanging out and relaxing on the hammocks with the family.


I HATE the way mosquitoes still find a way to sting us…even with every preventative measure put in place (i.e., citronella candles, protective cream, etc.)

bites Gioia 

I LOVE that we have built-in compost “bins” all over the yard…


I HATE when I discover that the bowl in which I throw the fruit/veggies scraps overflows into the sink…and I have to scoop up mushy, moldy produce with my bare hands!


And there you have it…

Proof that the grass is not always greener on the other side!


4 thoughts on ““I Love The Countryside, I Love It Not!””

  • Jordan | Berlin by the Bay 10 years ago

    I’m with you on this post! There are benefits of both. I just got back from a weekend in the country and it was so relaxing and quiet and then I came home and there was mad noise and honking and bums everywhere. But its my home and I love it.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 10 years ago

      I can imagine how relaxing a weekend for YOU is in the country…luckily, when we get home we don’t have to hear all that noise nor run into bums! 😉

  • Sylvia El-Helou 10 years ago

    I really REALLY don’t mean to chuckle, but this blog put a smile on my face. You are right there are positives and negatives about everything in life 🙂 You just have to smile and move on.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 10 years ago

      I was chuckling when I wrote it…but definitely not when I saw those spiders!!! I just felt it was “necessary” to prove to people (who tell me how lucky I am to be able to come here every summer) that there are some negatives, lol! Btw, thanks for posting your comment 😉

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