Living in the countryside, a lifelong privilege

During the pandemic, many families have decided to leave the city for the countryside, but how do people, who have lived in a farmhouse for years, live? We are speaking to Ramon Carrer and his mother, Ventura Vives. For them, living in the countryside is more than a privilege.

 

In recent times, many have taken the decision to give a second chance to the most depopulated environments, and prefer to have a river nearby rather than a cinema. But there is a group of people, either because of family tradition or because it is part of their way of life, who have never moved from the farmhouse. Ramon Carrer, 59, is one of these people. He lives in a manor house with his mother, Ventura Vives, 93, and they both explain that life in the countryside is “not an obstacle” for them, but quite the opposite.

We meet them both next to a 13th century chapel, the chapel of Sant Sebastià, in the municipality of Òdena (L’Anoia), and we feel like travelling back in time: you don’t hear too much noise, and there are no people in masks rushing up and down, as happens in the city. It’s getting dark, we can breath the smell of life, the smell of nature, and everything is right for us to start chatting.

 

-What do you think about young people wanting to live in rural environments? -We dare to ask.

-I think it’s perfect. There has come a point when people have realised that living in a flat is too closed in,” Ramon answers us with his gentle character.

-And how do you see rural life twenty years from now?

-I see it right and lively because people now value more what living means.

 

Mother and son have come out of the manor house to see us for a while, and they have done it with such a huge smile on their faces, that just by this small detail, we can guess how happy they feel at their farmhouse. Ramon explains to us, under the watchful eye of Ventura, that the house has belonged to the family for more than two hundred years, and that they do not miss anything. He also assures us that what they value most is calmness. He also admits that during the pandemic and the confinement, they have not felt isolated. 

 

-Living here makes me feel free. Above all, it is rewarding. Because in the morning I wake up and see the forest, and to me, it makes life worth living,” Ramon explains, his eyes distracted.

-You said you’ve been living here all your life. Can you tell us something curious about the place?

-This road used to be the old N-II Barcelona-Madrid. And right here, in front of my house, was where, for the first time in my life, I saw elephants. I was seven or eight years old, and the reason I saw them is that a circus used to pass along this old road, formerly a main road.

 

The two of them spend the day looking after the house, without nerves, even though they start working at 9 o’clock, because in such a big house there is always a lot to do. So is Ventura and Ramon’s life.  Catalonia is full of farmhouses like theirs, in villages inhabited mainly by older people, who live the way they want, which is the most important thing, says Ramon, and who hope young people will not be afraid to start their adventure in rural environments. “Don’t be afraid, go ahead,” they encourage them while saying goodbye.

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  1. Carles Mateu del Rio i de BatlleCarles Mateu del Rio i de Batlle says:
    Carles Mateu

    Es una maravella, qui pogués. Ara visc al costat del mar, però on estigui la muntanya!!

  2. Rosa Maria SoléRosa Maria Solé says:
    Rosa Maria

    Conec algú, que va canviar la ciutat per anar a viure a un poble per amor, em pensava que no si acostumaria i sí. ho aconseguit.

    • Jordi CollJordi Coll says:
      Jordi

      Els temps van canviant… Moltes gràcies pel teu comentari, Rosa Maria!

      3 weeks ago
  3. Vicenç ClascàVicenç Clascà says:
    Vicenç

    Quina enveja més sana. Molts cops hi hem pensat a casa, però fer el pas costa molt i sobretot quan tens els pares grans, els nens a l’escola, el teu entorn social, la feina,… molts factors fan que no prenguem la decisió de fer-ho.

    • Amadeu VilaginésAmadeu Vilaginés says:
      Amadeu

      Bon dia Vicenç! Sí, és una decisió que a vegades costa, i al final poder-ho fer dependrà de les circumstàncies de cadascú. Moltes gràcies pel comentari! 😀

      3 weeks ago
  4. David MateosDavid Mateos says:
    David

    Una vida que molts de nosaltres cerquem des de fa temps, però no gaire fàcil d’aconseguir per molts motius.
    Enveja sana!!
    Salut! i força el canut!

    • Amadeu VilaginésAmadeu Vilaginés says:
      Amadeu

      Gràcies David pel comentari, i molta raó, no sempre és fàcil canviar d’aires i tornar al poble, però si s’aconsegueix és una decisió que val la pena 😀

      3 weeks ago
  5. Josep RuaixJosep Ruaix says:
    Josep

    Molt bo 👍

  6. Pere SorianoPere Soriano says:
    Pere

    Ens cal mantenir contacte amb la natura i mantenir-la. Intentar deixar de viurar apilats en vertical i guanyar vida en horitzontal.

    • Joan BenedictoJoan Benedicto says:
      Joan

      Molt bon punt de vista Pere! Viure en contacte amb la natura sempre va bé.

      3 weeks ago
  7. Francesc Estafanell PujolFrancesc Estafanell Pujol says:
    Francesc

    Pare de poble i mare de ciutat. Es conegueren a les ballades de sardanes. He mamat a ciutat l’esperit de vida de la Catalunya rural. Ara visc al Maresme i com qui no vol la cosa, en mi conviuen aquests costums d’ambdues cultures.

    • Elisabet Porqueras GarciaElisabet Porqueras Garcia says:
      Elisabet

      Dues cultures que ens enriqueixen com a persones, gràcies pel teu comentari Francesc, ens veiem per La Plaça

      3 weeks ago
  8. David PoyanoDavid Poyano says:
    David

    El que cal és la repoblació del món rural i no que els de ciutat sortiu a invadir-ho tot els caps de setmana i vacances per després tornar a la comoditat de la ciutat. Això no és sostenible.

    • Aitor CanudasAitor Canudas says:
      Aitor

      Esperem que a poc a poc David succeeixi i així els pobles de tota la vida no caiguin en l’oblit

      3 weeks ago
  9. Joan Santacruz CarlúsJoan Santacruz Carlús says:
  10. Faust CardielFaust Cardiel says:
    Faust

    Sóc de ciutat, però super seguidor del camp i poble.

    • Jennifer Roca CivitJennifer Roca Civit says:
      Jennifer

      Bon dia, Faust! Ben dit, cert també que tots necessitem respirar la natura encara que la nostra llar sigui a ciutat. Que tinguis bon diumenge, ens veiem per la Plaça!

      3 weeks ago
  11. alicia Coiduras Charlesalicia Coiduras Charles says:
    alicia

    Una vida plena en contacte amb la natura jo també ho vull

    • Elisabet Porqueras GarciaElisabet Porqueras Garcia says:
      Elisabet

      Crec que és el somni de molts… gràcies pel teu comentari Alícia, ens veiem per La Plaça.

      3 weeks ago
  12. Laura CarlúsLaura Carlús says:
    Laura

    Enhorabona, mai és tard per replantejar-se un altre estil de vida

    • Elisabet Porqueras GarciaElisabet Porqueras Garcia says:
      Elisabet

      Viure envoltat de la natura, una bonica decisió, Gràcies, Laura pel teu comentari, ens veiem per La Plaça.

      3 weeks ago
  13. Laura Bunyol BartrinaLaura Bunyol Bartrina says:
    Laura

    M’encanta el camp!

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