Living in the Countryside
According to a recent survey carried out by Country Life magazine, 80 percent of Britain’s population dream of living in the countryside, whilst only 20 percent actually lives within it.
What is all the fuss about?
The English countryside in the summer is like a wealth of groomed gardens on display, finely tuned by the most skilled landscaper. With it’s dramatic Dales, ancient woodland and patchwork hills to admire. What more could anyone need? To live within it is to be blessed with an abundance of heavenly surroundings, panoramic views and the calming sounds of nature drifting by.
Country things are the necessary root of our life – and that remains true even of a rootless and tragically urban civilization. To live permanently away from the country is a form of slow death.” ~Esther Meynell
A Yearning for Silence
Rural life appeals to many people, some of whom can only dream of the experience. I myself have always had a love affair with the countryside ever since I was a small child, playing in the corn, in the golden fields of Herefordshire.
For many years, I strived to get back to the place I called home and was worn out from living in a busy town. For me, the town was all bricks and mortar, concrete and greyness. I lived a bleak existence and frequently craved the views of the countryside. Without visiting a delightful village or place of outstanding natural beauty, I would shrivel up into the abyss of what I believed to be a colourless world.
Moving on, I now live in a small semi-rural hamlet on The Malvern Hills and have never looked back. I feel healthier, calmer, more relaxed, I love to wake up in the mornings and experience the different views that are so dependent on the elements. I admire the captivating starry skies, the glorious sunsets and feel truly blessed by my wild surroundings. I revere the seasons as they change with all their colours and delight upon hearing the philharmonic chorus of the early morning bird song. It’s like living in an episode of The Darling Buds of May.
Beautiful Places to Visit in the English Countryside
- Lake District
A Traditional English Village
There is scarcely any writer who has not celebrated the happiness of rural privacy, and delighted himself and his reader with the melody of birds, the whisper of groves, and the murmur of rivulets” ~Samuel Johnson
English country life can be a solitary and sometimes very eccentric, but it is also very charming, warm and welcoming.
Within a rural community, you will find the typical Post Office or village shop, a hub, a place to stock up on local gossip and replenish your kitchen cupboards with locally grown produce.
Secondly, there’ll be a village pub within commuting distance, one that offers a place to socialise, get acquainted with the locals, relax with a pint of it’s finest local brew and a seat by the roar of the open fireplace.Historically, most villages have a church at it’s heart, ancient stone built and quaint, set in a peaceful graveyard. A place to attend traditional services of worship and to participate in church fairs or jumble sales, Christmas plays or even flower arranging.
My Top Tips to Help You Adapt to Rural Life
If you are considering relocating to the countryside or a semi rural dwelling, you may find these suggestions helpful for you to settle into village life. Here is a list of some suggestions for making a success of life in the countryside:
- Get acquainted with your neighbours, the people who inhabit the areas in close proximity to your home and your family.
- Find out if they prefer to keep themselves to themselves, or if they are happy to interact with you. It’s always good to know who you can rely upon, in short notice.
- Find out what clubs the local village hall provides. Your children may find something that interests them, or you may even find something for yourself.
- Locate the most proximate A&E, make a note of how far away it is and how long it would take to drive to it. Additionally, make a note of the most local petrol station.
- Experience nature; go for walks on weekends and show your children the seasons changing in all their glory.
- Endeavour to be a part of the community, volunteer at community events and summer fairs, bake a cake for charity or take part in the Harvest Festival at the village church.
- Greet fellow country dwellers with a traditionally friendly ‘Good morning’.
- Find a hobby. Many hobbies in the country may take your fancy and get you outdoors. Photography, cycling, gardening, rambling or hiking are just a few examples.
- Catch up on the news or the local weather forecast to stimulate conversation.
- Cycle to nearby places of interest and give the car a rest. You will observe that typically, village folk tend to walk a lot.
- Encourage your children to make local friends and hold traditional stay at home birthday parties, or play dates that help them socialise.
- “Recharge your batteries” by going to the nearest city every now and then to experience what a city has to offer over country life.
- Learn about organic gardening. English village communities
- If you own a dog, walk a different route on the weekends and see what beauty you might discover.
- Always stock up on contingencies for winter and bad weather. Living in a rural area normally means the odd power cut every now and then, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- Get to know the local wildlife. My children were terrified of the creepy shrieks of the local foxes hunting at night. They’d never heard them before, not to mention the sounds of small animals being attacked by them. It may be helpful to show them videos of wildlife before you relocate. Help them to be prepared.
And lastly, relax and relish every part of country life, people will envy you for your experiences, count your blessings!
© 2015 Lyra Wildwood