You can ring the pharmacist for medical advice (he's kind of like the local Dr anyway) and he knows you and the kids. You can even ring the local DR and get to speak to them too!
That we can take Merv his lunch and enjoy a long picnic with him down in the paddock under a tree.
Take-Away food simply isn't an option.
When Merv's not busy he comes in for several cuppas a day and takes the kids with him to check on the sheep.... and I have a moment to catch up on the jobs of the day.
Stopping on the side of the road for a toilet stop for three children, people driving past slow down to check if everything is okay.
The lamb and pork we eat is grown on our own property. Chooks have free range and we have the most delicious eggs!
When the mailman arrives, he calls us on the radio to say that the mail has arrived , the previous one used to drop the mail on the kitchen bench.
The day I developed mastitis with my newborn second child, after having previously having experienced it with my first child, I rang my Dr who is 200km away who faxed the script through to the pharmacist and my mother in law who was in town shopping brought the antibiotics home with her.
Taking things home on "appro" still happens in country towns.
The mailman only comes two days a week, but our next door neighbour works in town every day, and when I need to post parcels and I'm not going into town, I ring my neighbour and hang the parcels on the grid and she picks them up on her way past.
Run out to the clothesline (yes, we still have room for a clothesline in the yard) after a shower covered in a towel and not worry about any neighbours popping over the fence.
Our kids can ride their bikes on the tracks and I don't have to worry about any traffic.
You can still get driveway service at fuel stations
We know everyone in our street (road), in the district...
Very rarely, does someone just pop in and surprise us in our pj's.
It's a long way to come to Koolaman for a visit and I love how visitors always stay longer than just for a cuppa.
These are some of the advantages of living in the country, on a farm and married to a farmer! There are plenty of negative but we're looking at the glass half full!
What are the good things where you live?