word of the week - countryside

Word of the Week – Countryside

Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share one in the comments. It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad!


This week I have chosen the word Countryside

This week I have been enjoying some blissfully quiet time in the countryside. It was my Mother in Law’s birthday two weeks ago and it was a big one, so we decided we should do something special as a family to celebrate. With the kids being on half term this week it was perfect timing!

After a bit of searching the internet for some options we came across a lovely cottage in the Yorkshire Dales big enough for all ten of us plus some. We weren’t looking for anything fancy, just a place to kip and make some meals. Well we came up trumps. The house was so affordable, yet it is huuuuuuge. The kitchen table alone could sit 12 people. When you’re used to trying to cram a big family around a tiny dining room table this is luxury.

We are surrounded by beautiful views which immediately calm your brain and make it impossible to be stressed or worried and the surrounding village is perfect for going quick walks with the kids and doing some animal spotting. To top it all off we have an open fire in the living room, so I’m in my element.

Every aspect of the countryside just makes me happy. The views, the fresh air, the long walks, the cosy pubs, the friendly locals. The list goes on. I’m not sure that it is somewhere I could live permanently as it is so remote and you have to travel so far to get to anywhere. Emergency trips to the shops for chocolate aren’t really an option here and that could become a problem for me, haha! I do love it so much though and I can guarantee we will be coming back for another visit very very soon.


So there it is, my word of the week and a summary of the past seven days.

You can read last week’s post here.


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  1. oh that sounds idyllic. I think I could live out in the countryside, but I’d have to be well prepared on the shopping front. x
    Thanks for joining in with #Wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      We become so used to having everything close at hand don’t we? I’m sure it would be worth a trial run though, I could be forced to stay in a cottage like that for a little longer 😛 #WotW

  2. Sounds like the perfect place to spend a week. The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful and that cottage sounds like a wonderful place to stay. Glad you have had such a lovely time away. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It was beautiful Louise! I’m definitely looking to go back for another visit at some time soon 🙂 #WotW

  3. Aww! How lovely! The cottage sounds a perfect place to relax.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It was beautiful Kim, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a getaway! #WotW

  4. I live in the sticks, surrounded by farm land and I can confirm that you get very good at thinking ahead when it comes to chocolate and milk. I’m glad you had such a good time. The house sounds like a gem. #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Maybe I just need to try it out and have a chocolate stash ready to go Cheryl 😛 It was beautiful! #WotW

  5. Nothing like getting away from it all 🙂

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It makes all the difference Karen 🙂 #WotW

  6. oh that sounds amazing! It’s always great to find somewhere to stay that turns out even better than you can imagine it would be! #wotw xxx

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It was beautiful Rebecca! I’m ready to book our next trip there now 🙂 #WotW

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