Why I love living in the countryside so much

I live in Zone 9. That’s right- there’s a Zone 9.

We’re a shot’s distance from London on the tube- however, I would pretty much say that we’re definitely out in the sticks here in Bucks.

I’m surrounded by fields, it’s super quiet and peaceful- and after growing up as a townie, I can officially say that I’m a converted country bumpkin.

Here’s why I love living here SO much:

Walks

I’m a total nature freak and I also hate being cooped up indoors- so the fact that I can just waltz outside and see this on my doorstep is pretty marvelous. I honestly think my mental health is so much better, purely because I’ve been walking a lot more and breathing in all that fresh air. Plus, I’m probably a lot fitter now as well.

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Pub lunches

I am an absolute sucker for a roast dinner. Like literally, I will devour it in one mouthful. We’ve got three pubs in walking distance from our house- and that’s not even getting going on the millions of others that we could drive 5 mins to. Although I love a nice restaurant every now and then, ain’t nothing quite like a hearty roast on a Sunday.

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Neighbours

I honestly don’t think I know more than 2 of my neighbors back in the family house that I grew up in. The thing with towns and cramped suburban places is that nobody seems to look out for one another. Here (although all my neighbours are nearing 80 I stg)- they always wave, say hi and have a chat with ya! There’s a real sense of community when it comes to little villages in the countryside.

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Mindfulness

I know this is one of those bullshit things that doesn’t really mean a whole lot, but I def have more of a sense of appreciation for nature and the planet. I’ve become a lot more conscious of the beauty of the planet- and I’m doing all that I can feasibly do to keep it protected.

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Making the effort

It can be harder to just pop by and see people now, as we have to actively make the trip and travel. I’ve spent a lot more quality time with friends and family- because I’ve wanted to see them in person now that it’s less frequent. Also, the signal out here is god-awful, so it means I can’t pick up the phone as easily.

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More for your money

When we moved into our house, we had a budget in place. Although this was the top end of what we could afford, we managed to get a one-bedroom house, kitchen, bathroom, sitting room, conservatory (help I’m so middle class) and absolutely mountains of storage space.

For the price of living in Central, I probably could have rented a small room for the equivalent price.

( Also if you’re from the North please don’t remind me how ace the prices are up there. It makes my heart bleed)

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I’m definitely a countryside convert- and hopefully, I’ll get to experience living by the seaside at some point in the future. (Fingers crossed!)

Rach

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