Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Getting Out of Town

Harvested fields

There's something rather beautiful about the British countryside in all its variety. 

I grew up in the suburbs of London, then spent five years at university living in the centre of Bristol. Since then I've moved twice, both times to the middle of large towns. And as convenient as it is, I'm always hunting out the open spaces, fresh air and greenery of the countryside. 

I sometimes wonder if it's just that I associate the countryside with being on holiday. There's almost certainly an element of that - everything feels much dreamier when you don't have to worry about any of the normal aspects of daily life! That said, while many of my peers dream of careers and lives in the centre of London,  I just know that's not really my thing. London's a fabulous place and I'm so grateful to have grown up with it on my doorstep, but I don't miss it all that much when I'm away.

And while some people find themselves itching to travel to cities around the world, I'm just as likely to be craving a week or so out of town and into the peace and quiet of a more rural location.

As I mentioned in my Little Things I've Loved post, I spent last week staying in a cottage on a farm a few miles from Saffron Walden in Essex. It's not necessarily somewhere I would have picked initially, but it turned out to be an excellent choice. A bustling market town, surrounded by plenty of pretty villages and miles and miles of open fields. We relaxed, took Saffy on walks to explore new places and dined well - The Cricketers pub deserves a special mention for an excellent menu (and also happens to be the pub owned by Jamie Oliver's parents), as well as stopping in various restaurants and tea rooms.

Fields and hedgerows

Wild grasses

Dawn over fields

Wild blackberries

Harvested wheat fields

Windmill Thaxted


It was refreshing to wake in the morning to the sound of birds and the odd tractor (and ok, the Stansted arrivals and departures but I quite like planes so I'm not complaining!), rather than traffic and sirens. 

Refreshing to look out the window at a view of the fields while eating breakfast, rather than flats and offices. 

Refreshing to be able to take a walk down the footpaths without having to cross a single road. To spot wildlife that isn't just scabby pigeons.

I'm definitely at my happiest out in the open... anyone else with me?!

Fields and trees


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2 comments

  1. AMEN, girl! i love the countryside and you're right - sometimes its SO much nicer to have a totally cut off weekend away in a cottage in the middle of nowhere than it is to visit a busy city.

    looks like you had such a gorgeous time! ain't nothing better than a little quality time with mother nature ♥

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com


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  2. Such beautiful photos! I love London and I don't think I could ever (though never say never!) live in the countryside, but I do love visiting it SO much! It definitely does feel like a holiday to me and is such a great way of charging my batteries! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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