Country Comforts comprise a distinctive block of mid-life country families or households with moderate personal and household incomes derived largely from farming, often using some form of tertiary or technical qualification. Socially reserved and more confident using their brawn than brains, they find it hard to switch off from work and often feel there are not enough hours in the day.
Walk with Me
I’m a spare parts inventory office manager with a big earthmoving and agricultural machinery supplier in town. Started just after the kids were in school, about ten years ago now. I have to look decent as there’s a fair amount of face-to-face sales involved, but nothing too flashy. I’m off to Mystery Creek next week for the National Agricultural Field days. My husband Darren’ll have to remember to feed the kids occasionally. I’ll make a lasagne before I go; should last them a couple of days.
It means I’ll miss our family’s regular weekend tramp, which has become a bit of a tradition; and I won’t get to take the horse for a ride, but with me gone Darren will have a chance to do some hunting or fishing.
The kids Ben, Jack and Lisa are all in high school now. I reckon only Jack’s interested in uni: he loves science and maths—don’t know where he gets that from. Ben’s been a bit of a troublemaker over the years. Dropped out in year 11 and been talking about a mechanics apprenticeship, but I’m not holding my breath. Lisa’s only just turned 13 but I already know she’s going to be out the door the second she turns 18, probably moving to the city. I’m trying to spend some quality time together, even if it’s just watching TV or taking a drive. I saw online there’s a fancy new resort opened up north, so I might take her there next school holidays for a mother-daughter break.