Why we live where we live

@JudyEv (164246)
Bunbury, Australia
May 3, 2019 8:52pm CST
Around twenty years ago when we were working out where we’d like to retire to, we chose this area in south-west Western Australia. One reason was because it received more rainfall than our hometown area in the wheatbelt. It receives more rain and is greener for longer and that appealed. We had spent a number of years always being conscious of our water consumption and, while we still don’t waste water, we have ample for our needs. The other benefit of living here is that we actually have an autumn. Previously the weather went from summer to winter without much of a spring and autumn. Here though, we find the leaves of the deciduous trees do turn those beautiful autumn colours that so many admire. The photo is one Vince took just a day or two ago. Maybe you'd like to share why you live where you live.
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@andriaperry (83515)
• Anniston, Alabama
4 May
Alabama USA is green and lush from March till November, we do have 4 seasons. We have plenty of water, rivers lakes, ponds and creeks.North Alabama has the high mountains as well as the flat land down south to the gulf of Mexico. Its home right now and I have not decided where I will retire.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
When you've been short of water for much of your life, it's nice to have plenty around. One less thing to worry about. Alabama sounds like it has it all too.
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@sharon6345 (185357)
• United States
4 May
I lived in Miami for 8 years. I loved the water and all the swimming. But after I got out of it I was not happy. that constant heat was depressing for me. I could not take it and then after something awful happened to me I began calling moving companies. I found one for a grand and I made a move back north. The best time of year for me is the fall season. I get to put on my jeans with a sweater and I am fine. The summer is when I dread the most of anything stepping out of my house. I will make the best of it though.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Why don't you like the summer? Is it too hot?
@sharon6345 (185357)
• United States
5 May
@JudyEv I have fibromyalgia, hot flashes and syncope all of which are worse in the summer months.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
@sharon6345 Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. It must be pretty hard to put up with.
• United States
4 May
sounds'n 'xcellent choice 'ndeed! we're 'pposed to've 4 distinct season here, but alas such's not been so 'xcept sporadically fer quite some years. i could dribble my reasons fer where i reside, but i fear plum laziness :)
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
It's okay to be lazy. Are you still short of rain from time to time?
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• United States
5 May
@JudyEv yes ma'am. such phenom keeps bypassin' these parts outside 'f a couple sprinkles. which aint entirely bad 's the storms move they've been buildin' 'n folks down the road 've been gettin' lots 'f hail :( momma said she got some yesterday ('bout dime sized), but we barely received a couple droplets.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@crazyhorseladycx Sometimes the rainfall can be very spasmodic.
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
4 May
Great photo. I live where I am because I cant afford to move easily.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Certainly it costs to move. I hope we'll have a good few more years here yet.
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
5 May
@JudyEv Getting the critters all moved makes it cost even more for us.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
@wolfgirl569 Yes that's true. Also moving all the cages and paraphernalia that goes with animals.
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@rakski (33950)
• Philippines
4 May
I think you made the right decision with that.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Everyone's situation is different, isn't it? But we're happy here.
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@rakski (33950)
• Philippines
6 May
@JudyEv and that is the important thing. That you are happy
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@Tampa_girl7 (31201)
• United States
4 May
My son was my parents first grandchild and as soon as they found out that I was pregnant they started trying to get my husband and I to move here. When my son was two we decided to leave the city and give the country a try. It was a great decision. I'm more of a city girl, but this was a wonderful place to raise our son and he not only had his grandparents, but all of my siblings and their families too. We have been here 23 years this month.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
That sounds a very good reason to move particularly as it has turned out so well for bringing up your son. We were always country folk at heart and we're very content here. It is the longest we've ever been in one place. We moved in 2004 so that 15 years.
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• Agra, India
4 May
The picture is amazing. I'm.glad you like the place.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
It's a great bonus I think if you love where you live.
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• Agra, India
6 May
@JudyEv not really. I wish I lived somewhere else
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@amitkokiladitya Where would you like to live? And what don't you like about it there? The climate maybe?
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• Preston, England
4 May
You have made a lovely choice. My home was a result of conflict with family forcing me to move, and though I wanted to stay in my birth city, Manchester, getting a house was near impossible there but friend helped get me the flat in Preston, a city I have grown to love in its own right.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
I remember all the turmoil when you were forced to leave. I am glad you are now happy there.
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• Preston, England
5 May
@JudyEv Thanks I have settled to my new city well though part of me still sees it as exile
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• Caracas, Venezuela
4 May
There are places wher we would like to live for all the good features of the area. That shoy looks beautiful!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
We think we have chosen the ideal place for us. I hope we're able to stay here a lot longer.
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• Caracas, Venezuela
5 May
@JudyEv As the way it sounds you indeed chose the right place to live, I bet you will be there way longer than you think.
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@snowy22315 (70527)
• United States
4 May
Because I'm stupid that's why! lol. Actually, years ago while living in the DC area..we took a trip down here..and I loved the area because the lake was beautiful and sparkling in the sunshine..and the water was warm..almost like a bathtub. I didn't know at the time, it was due to being a cooling chamber for a nuclear plant..anyway, it was very appealing. Other counties that border the lake are more civilized than this one though..and have lots more services.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
So is it cheaper living there because there are less services? Probably not. Probably costs you more to get to such services.
@jstory07 (80164)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 May
That sounds like a nice place to live.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
We enjoy it very much here. We've been here 15 years now which is the longest we've ever stayed anywhere.
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@garymarsh6 (18434)
• United Kingdom
4 May
Do you not have a spring or just a short lived spring?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
We have a spring but it sort of merges pretty well with the seasons either side. It's short-lived really.
@eileenleyva (13577)
• Philippines
4 May
Such a beautiful, deep discussion. We are born in a world where we knowest not the situation, and yet we accept the circumstances of our birth, Comes a time, for many, to search for greener pastures, or make a journey to the land of milk and honey. Yet, for many others, the simplicity of life is a choice, so we look for something serene. As you did. I am for your choice,
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Thanks for the kind words. We are very happy here.
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@RasmaSandra (29017)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
4 May
That is a beautiful photo. I know what you're saying about the seasons. It is taking me a long time to get used to living in Florida because I don't really see much of a change of seasons.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Our friends went to America simply to see the colourful forests during autumn. At least we do have a little bit of colour here.
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@HazySue (30158)
• United States
4 May
I like the changing of the seasons the way we had it up north. Down here in Florida it is pretty much the same year round,, or so it seems to me. I am glad you are living in the area you wish to live.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
I've heard that about Florida. We think we've made a good choice for us but of course everyone is different.
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@HazySue (30158)
• United States
6 May
@JudyEv I loved it when we lived in Northern New York up by Canada.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@HazySue It was somewhere up that way where our friends went to see the autumn foliage.
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@LadyDuck (230436)
• Switzerland
4 May
I would also dislike to live in a place with only two seasons. We choose this place for many reasons, the 4 seasons, it is a safe and quiet place, they speak our mother language here.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Those are good reasons too. Safe and quiet are both very desirable.
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@LadyDuck (230436)
• Switzerland
5 May
@JudyEv Also the fact that you can speak your native language is important. When you have to discuss some problems with your doctor, you are a lot more comfortable using your native language.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
@LadyDuck Yes, that's very true. It's possibly okay until there is a problem and then you need to be able to speak the language easily.
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@nela13 (22007)
• Portugal
5 May
You have good reasons to live there. I live where I grow up, I would prefer to live near the beach but here I have my family close. I love the photo.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
Autumn colours are stunning sometimes. It's always nice to live near family.
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@nela13 (22007)
• Portugal
6 May
@JudyEv Having the family near is the reason why I live here.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@nela13 And that is a very legitimate reason.
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@cacay1 (42607)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
4 May
That was a wise decision to stay in a place with 2 autumns, amazing!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
We only have one autumn. I'm sorry if I didn't make myself very clear.
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@cacay1 (42607)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
5 May
@JudyEv it's alright, Judy. Actually, it's my fault.I re-read your post no two autumns mentioned. I am so disturbed this time. My nephew is still in hospital and advise to have dialysis.His creatinine is higher. I feel my heart broken this time.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
@cacay1 I'm so sorry. I guess it might take quite some time for your nephew to recover. I will keep him in my prayers.
@ShifaLk (15973)
• India
4 May
That's Wise We chose to live 10kms away from our previous place as all our known, relatives and friends live nearby
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
It's nice to live close to family I think.
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@ShifaLk (15973)
• India
5 May
@JudyEv yes. In thick and thin we can be together
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@rebelann (50965)
• El Paso, Texas
4 May
Beautiful shot. I stayed where I have lived since I was 10, the weather here is rarely drastic and so far I haven't heard of any tornado, blizzard, earthquake or volcano warnings ...... I'm far too far away from the ocean to worry about hurricanes but we do get sand storms that can be somewhat scary.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 May
It's the same here. We never have drastic weather events - touch wood - just the odd storm. Bushfires are sometimes a worry but really you're battling to avoid them wherever you settle.
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@rebelann (50965)
• El Paso, Texas
5 May
Ahhh but you do have one bonus, the Autumn turning of the leaves @JudyEv I would love to see that one day so I can take pictures.
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