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Word of the Week – Countryside

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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

Whether it’s seeing it in person, admiring photos online or just daydreaming about it, I’ve had the countryside on my mind constantly this week. Funnily enough, as I began writing this post it occurred to me that I’ve actually used this word before. Looking back it was almost exactly a year ago! I wouldn’t normally reuse an old word of the week, but this one seems to mean more and more to me, especially at this time of year. I’m going to let myself off this once.

On Wednesday my husband and I made the three and a half hour drive to Cardigan in South Wales. He had to go there for a work meeting and I just went along for the fun of it. The entire way there we drove through beautiful views, from the English countryside to the Welsh valleys. When we arrived at the guest house we had chosen we put our bags in our cosy room and sauntered down the road to the pub for dinner.

The fresh air in the countryside is one of my absolute favourite things, followed closely by the quiet. I know I couldn’t live that far from a big city. Having grown up near Glasgow and now living close to Liverpool, I would find it difficult to have everything at such a distance. I always appreciate the peace when I’m in it though.

Thankfully I don’t have to go completely without when I’m at home though as I’ve found some beautiful accounts on Instagram which I can live vicariously through. If you have any recommendations please do leave them in the comments!

I may not have to daydream for too much longer, although all plans in life are hypothetical until they happen aren’t they? If you read my post a few weeks ago you will know that it is my dream to build a house in the country. There is the perfect spot right on the edge of Liverpool, just a few minutes from where we live now, that would allow us the best of both worlds. Of course I am remaining realistic at the moment as this may never come to fruition, but I still daydream about it daily!

Would you live in the countryside if you could? Do you live there already?

Emma x


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  1. I wouldn’t like to live in the middle of the countryside, but I’d like to live somewhere closer to the sea. Being in the Midlands all my life it would be so nice to be able to pop to the seaside whatever time of year it was. Coastal views would be nice, but not too close, I know the sea can be forceful at times. My Brother-in-law has a house with a coastal view but is also a short walk away from a huge Morrisons..best of both worlds! I hope your dreams come true one day. I know we once dreamt of living on a barge and spent months trying to find the right one and the right mooring. But that was before the kids came along. I couldn’t imagine barge living with five kids and a wheelchair. It would have been nice for a while though. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      That’s the beauty of holidays I suppose, isn’t it Anne? We can test out the lifestyles that we dream of but still have the comfort and practicality of our own homes 🙂 I think a barge holiday would be so much fun!

  2. Well, we live by the sea, which we love. I grew up inland, so love the sea all the more for that! #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      You know we barely ever visit the beach but it’s just so nice knowing that it’s right there!

  3. I love living in the countryside. It suits us completely. Cardigan is a beautiful area. I’m not surprised you had a good time. Hope you get the chance to live your dream. It doesn’t suit everyone. Had a friend describe our lane as having more trees than lamp posts. He was right. He definitely preferred the city life. #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Haha that’s what torches are for!! We’re lucky that we can dip into the city very easily, I think that’s why it seems like such a natural move for us as it’s not too extreme. Plus I’m forever admiring your wonderful posts and dreaming of home grown veg!

  4. Countryside is a fab word. You do right using it again. It sounds like a lovely week in Wales. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Even with the rain, we really enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks Kim!

  5. It’s so lovely being out in the countryside, isn’t it – I always feel better for the fresh air and space too. We’re lucky enough to have the best of both worlds – countryside on our doorstep and being able to get into town fairly easily too. #WotW

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