Moving to the countryside may seem like something that you do when you’re old and grey and settling into retirement, but nearly 3 years ago as newlyweds, Alfie and I decided to move to the country from the city and haven’t looked back.
We absolutely love village life and although it may not be for everyone we really feel like we’ve found our groove and couldn’t imagine living in the city again.
One of the major things that we adore about our village is that sense of community, we actually know our neighbours and consider them to be friends. We’re not suspicious when someone is being nice to us or greets us in the street, it’s totally genuine.
When we lived in the city together, we knew our immediate neighbours, who were very lovely, but not the entire street. Our little village is a close-knit community and everyone seems to look out for each other, which is just lovely. Everyone is happy to offer a helping hand and stop and chat for a while, I’d never had so many invites for afternoon tea from complete strangers when we first moved in.
This is a really little thing, but something that I’ve got used to and would be sad to not have in my life now. You can actually see the stars twinkling at night, something that I never really appreciated in the city because of the over-polluted skies. Not to say that there is no pollution in the countryside, but there seems to be less of it and the skies are clearer. It’s quite nice going to sleep under a blanket of stars every night.
We are surrounded by so many farms here, which means that there are lots of fresh local and homemade produce available. The village shop is very supportive of our local farms and food manufactures and stocks a lot of their items to sell.
Equally, the farms will sell their own produce like eggs left on the roadside for people to help themselves and leave the money in a pot (very trusting!) or you can pop in and buy their hand-reared meat. We’re off strawberry picking next week at one of the local farms and I can’t wait as I used to do this a lot with my grandparents when I was a child.
Another thing that I love is the miles and miles of green that we are surrounded with compared to the grey concrete jungle of the city. There are lots of wide open spaces and large gardens, which makes the countryside great for raising children. Since becoming parents, I this has cemented our love of the countryside even more.
We do have the best of both worlds here, we’re remote enough to have all the benefits of living in the countryside, but we’re only a 10-15 minute drive from the city and very close to the motorway, which when you’re actually in the village is hard to believe.
I’m would never say never, but I’m not sure that we would ever live in the city again, not when we now know that we can live so close to the city, but also enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside too.
Are you a city slicker or a country bumpkin?