Sunday 4 February 2024

The Chitting Room.


Welcome to our chitting room.

If you watch Escape To The Country they always show would be country escapee property buyers around saying: " This is the 👢 boot room, this it the kitchen, this is the main bedroom with en suite.."

If they came to my house I would show you the: kitchen, front room, bedrooms, " Jacks" which is the Irish term for the bathroom and I would show you another room (former bedroom) and say: "This is the Chitting room".

Why don't they make a programme called Escape To The City?  You would go for a break and marvel at street lights, pubs, restaurants, football grounds, museums, public transport, shopping malls and see a Prog Rock band or three?  Sounds great to me.

Which are you?  City mouse or Country mouse?  I like both but probably prefer the countryside next to the sea.  Well sometimes.

18 comments:

  1. That's a lot of spuds!!!
    I don't think I am a city rat nor quite a country mouse. Perhaps more of a seaside town dormouse.

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  2. Seaside town dormouse isn't a bad thing to be JayCee. I like living in the countryside next to the sea but I do like trips to England and sun holidays and days out to the city or Killarney. I wouldn't mind living in somewhere like Shaftesbury in Dorset. Public transport and a pub near me would be also on my list. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?

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    1. We have a bus stop at the end of the street and a very good pub only 8 minutes walk away. It recently won an award too...
      https://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/2023-camra-pub-of-the-year-622052

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    2. You chose a great location when you moved JayCee. Imagine being near a bus stop and a Camra pub? Public transport on buses or trains are free for over 66 year olds in Ireland. Which is very good if you can avail of the service? We don't have regular public transport and its several miles to the nearest pub. It's not very good when you live in a tourist area like you and I do.

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  3. Makes me think of my late friend near Abergavenny...the main entrance was through the boot room, cloakroom, with bookshelves, washing machine, two sinks and cupboards...called The Futility Room.
    We so miss him and visiting there

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  4. Great post! I love living on a small island but I miss the sights and sounds of the city. Wish I could spend a week in Athens now and again. And I like seeing other people's houses. No programmes here showing country or city living

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  5. Thanks Linda. I would love to be able to afford an apartment or house in the city and work a few days there or spend a couple of days of the weekend there. Channel 4 and Channel 5 and the BBC have lots of programmes about rural living but none about city or town living. A lot of city and town people have rural homes and are called weekenders it would be good for rural dwellers to enjoy the city and town at the weekend or when a great band like Kansas or Styx or Saga come to town.

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  6. Serious question here. How are seed potatoes any different from regular potatoes. I just cut the potatoes into pieces with a couple 'eyes' and plant them. Is there a benefit to using seed potatoes?

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    1. You can chit shop bought potatoes Debby. Seed potatoes should give bigger harvest and be less prone to diseases like blight.

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  7. I was born and grew up in the country but I have lived in a city for the past 46 years. We do not have a chitting room but we have a shitting room - otherwise known as the lavatory. Don't worry - there's a can of air freshener in there - "Smell of The Country".

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  8. I think there is a lot to be said for living in the city and also the countryside YP. If you wish to have money it's definitely the city but if you want a quiet and sedate life it's got to be the countryside.

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    1. I always love spending time in the countryside - walking or staying in rural properties and in the past I felt a strong urge to move back to a village. "Escape to the Country" and programmes like that don't really highlight the many downsides of country living.

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    2. Yes a village or close within walking to a village is far better than living an isolated life in the countryside YP. A lot of the houses on "Escape to the Country" are almost kings ransom prices and unaffordable for ordinary people.

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  9. I'm a city mouse, but only because it is convenient and close to my family. I don't drive, otherwise a place in the country would be ideal.

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    1. Good point River. Likewise I don't drive and it's not safe to walk on the roads to town. It would be good to have some rural infrastructure like public transport and street lights even a bottle bank close by or a pub or a shop? I'm not asking much.

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  10. My 8 are on the kitchen window sill.

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  11. Good place to put them Poppypatchwork. My cats wouldn't leave them alone if I placed them there.

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