One of the things I enjoy most about living here in the valley is the sense of community.
In the country your neighbours can be some distance away, that’s just the way it is.
We’ve lived in cities where we knew our neighbours, but not like here.
I think the distance between neighours actually adds to the connection you have with them in rural areas.
I have said before there is a genuine looking out for and helping out your neighbours in the country.
Last week we returned home to a message on the phone from a neighbour alerting us there was an
opportunistic thief operating during the day if he was lucky enough to find you were out. The local
policeman had emailed a long time resident, and he had spread the word, and on it went.
The country grapevine was in overdrive and working well.
Security is often taken for granted rurally. Locked doors are rare and cars are left with their keys inside.
It is not something we usually have to think about, and we like it like that.
However an arrest has been made, and its probably good for us all to become a little more safety conscious.
But it illustrates safety is not just ringing the emergency services, its about knowing those living around you who
look out for you, and take the time to pass on warnings and if you are home alone, you know can count on neighbours
along the road should you need to.
That is community, and I am grateful we live where we do.