A year ago, I met a couple looking for property in Floyd County. They sat hunched over their breakfast table with maps and real estate brochures and planned our a day of visiting potential homes. Their dream, they said, was the to move to the country and live a quieter, more idyllic life.

They bought a home and moved here in July of 2005.

On Monday, they dropped by the studio to say they have put their house on the market and are moving back to the city.

Country life just didn’t turn out to be what they expected.

“I like to play golf,” he said. “But I just didn’t have time. Weekends were consumed with yard work and all the little niggling things that do into keeping the property just ate into our available time.”

She likes to shop but driving 30-45 minutes to Roanoke turned out to be too much. And nobody, they said, told them about the spiders and bugs and snakes and ragweed.

“I’m a city girl,” she said. “I’m just not cut out for the country.”

Not everyone is. Country life requires a change in attitude to go along with the change in lattitude. Some adapt. Some don’t.