Lifestyle 24 | Country
We’ve lived in the country for a year now, which means I probably couldn’t afford to move back to London even if I wanted to. I’d happily give you a call to explain why the countryside is so great, but… sorry, you’re breaking up… the signal… terrible out here… Hello? Nope, we’ve been cut off.
This is one of the downsides of rural living: mobile-phone reception is woeful. There’s always one spot that seems to work, but that spot is never in the same place for more than two minutes and it’s usually in the middle of field. Still, at least we have the broadband, which never disappears completely more than, say, two or three times a day.
That, oddly enough, is just one of the reasons I love living here, in a bit of Warwickshire so rural that all I can hear is the tweeting of birds and mooing of cows. Life here still feels like an adventure. We don’t have curtains because we don’t have any neighbours to block out. Waking up naturally when the sun rises is a beautiful thing. I then pull my wellies on and walk the dog (no lead needed around here) across fields in rural isolation. The horses get fed and the kids get taken to school and I can work from home.
I vividly remember the moment I decided to move back to the country after nearly 10 years in the capital. I was walking back from Waitrose in Islington, when some child with a hood whacked me on the head and mugged me of my mobile. Picking up another ready meal off the floor after a long day slogging it in an airless office and then having the pleasure of being robbed by an adolescent I realised that me and London were finished.
The scariest thing in the countryside is the weird bloke at the pub who you can never understand and the fact that everything is powered by oil and houses have septic tanks. But flip that on it’s head and you will be skipping around the paddock because the oil prices have tumbled and you don’t have to put up with another bloke trying to chat you up.
You also have a legitimate excuse to buy a dog, walk around without make up on and drive a Discovery. Get me to the country.
Mr & Mrs Clarke are selling several country properties call 0330 111 9766 for details.