Monday, 22 January 2018

9 Reasons I Love The Countryside

I love the countryside. Simple as. I've lived in the countryside most of my life, and I hope to continue to do so. Right now living in the country is quite a big part of my life, it's down to living in the here that B has the job he has, that we have chickens and a dog, and the quiet is bliss.

Since it is such a big dictator of my lifestyle, I thought I'd share some of the reasons I adore living in the countryside.

  1. The quiet. I live in a semi-detached cottage, so I get a little noise from next-door, but other than that we are the only two houses on our road. I also have a field between me the main road, so I don't get any noise from traffic. I get to listen to birds singing, the breeze through the trees, the piglets playing, and the quiet hum of a far-off tractor. On a sunny day I sit out in the garden and close my eye, and it's perfect.
  2. Visitors. Although we do have some family members and friends that live extraordinarily close, we don't get that many visitors. The people who don't live as close have to make an effort to come out and find us, and it makes me appreciate their company even more when I do get to see them.
  3. Fields of Gold. Every time I go out and see wheat fields (and there's a few of them) that have turned golden in colour, I can't help but sing a little of the song. It's so peaceful to watch the wind brush across the field and everything sways in it's own little Mexican wave.
  4. The stars. Unless it's a cloudy night, you can see every star in the sky. It's absolutely magical to sit outside, when all the animals have gone to sleep, and just stare up at the sky. That's when it dawns on my just how big the universe is, and how much natural beauty there really is in the word.
  5. The smell. The flowers, freshly cut grass and hedges, the animals. I know manure isn't the best smell in the world, believe me I don't want it as a perfume, but once you get used to it a little it'll always make you think of fresh air, open spaces, and in my case, home.
  6. Going out. Having to go out-out every time you need a food-shop isn't always great, especially when it takes 40 minutes to get to the supermarket, but it means when we go out we get everything we need and take advantage of the trip, rather than having to go out almost every night in the week for this, that, and the other. Also means we get to have nice long talks in the car.
  7. Watching the birds migrate. It's something we all know about, isn't it? A lot of birds migrate for the winter. Getting to watch it happen is something else entirely. It's nature telling us winter is coming, rather than the dates on the calendar. I always get excited to see them fly over, from just 3 in a flock to hundreds at a time, it never ceases to amaze me.
  8. Community. Between farmers there is a big sense of community. As always there are people who don't get along, but everybody knows everybody else and people are more than happy to lend a helping hand when needed.
  9. The privacy. There's the odd nosy bugger here and there, but apart from that the privacy is amazing. Not having windows opposite each other and being able to look into each other's houses is a blessing. I truly feel like I'm alone when I'm at home, I can sing and dance to my hearts content and not have to worry about anyone seeing.
As you can see there's a few reasons I love it so much. I'm sure I could come up with a couple more if I thought about it long enough. What do you love about the countryside? Do you live there, or do you visit?

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