We had a new restaurant open up here in the backwoods which has given us some excitement. This has followed closely behind Tim Horton's making us a destination place for all coffee lovers so we are starting to feel quite cosmopolitan. Little things make a huge difference in a small community; public washrooms, signage, nice restaurants. Urbanites might not notice a new street bench but it can be the main topic of conversation for a week in a rural area. Especially if the rural area is very hilly!
Being aware of small changes is one of the nice things about living in the country. In the city, there is so much going on that little things like a flower growing through the sidewalk, or a fresh coat of paint on a neighbours house is overlooked.
It may sound 'quaint' but I can look out my studio window for long periods of time just watching the trees bending in the wind. Sometimes they are all still and then a few leaves will start to move, followed by a couple of the smaller trees and, as though they were following a conductor's baton, the rest start to join in. Not high drama, perhaps, but I prefer it to watching drug deals or vehicle collisions.