As you may have seen in many of my posts, we live down a farm track. In fact, when someone asked J his address the other day he said ‘down the muddy farm track, Number 3’! Now, I love our lifestyle and that we are surrounded by open countryside but it also has its challenges. I always say that when you turn up at our house, you either love it or hate it. There’s not really much in between. So I’ve been thinking about the good and the bad that comes along with our little free from farmhouse.
I love…The space, the freedom and the opportunities the children have to play in nature and enjoy the outside in all seasons. In the Summer, they can spend hours outside, running around with the neighbours or playing football in the field. Even in winter, we still get out and about and their favourite thing to do is jump in muddy puddles! The other day they climbed trees for the first time and we have a growing collection of sticks, rocks and ‘potions’.
I hate…The muddy track. Depending on the time of year, our track can be perfectly passable or full of potholes and a bit like an obstacle course. It’s not great for the cars and I’m quite surprised I didn’t go into labour bumping down it! Unfortunately, it is down to the four cottages to maintain it, with a little help from the land owner, and if I won the lottery I would get it tarmaced in an instant!
I love…Country walks. While the children love playing outside, it is still a chore to get them on a lengthy walk without lots of whining. Having a Labrador means we have to get out whatever the weather though and I love the headspace that gives me. Whether it’s a quick walk or a more energetic run, getting out into the countryside helps me deal with any stresses.
I hate...Giving people directions. Since we moved here, they have built a large estate about a mile from us, on fields which our track used to continue through. This means our access has changed. We also share our postcode with the neighbouring farm, so lots of delivery drivers end up there! It’s a constant frustration missing packages or having to explain how people can find us.
I love…Living in the middle of nowhere. We have three cottages as our neighbours but apart from that, there is noone near us. This means it is so quiet and peaceful. You can hear the birds sing, appreciate the silence and at night it is pitch black. When I visit friends who live on main roads, the noise and light always keep me awake.
I hate…Living in the middle of nowhere! (I told you it was a love/hate thing.) It can feel a little lonely and isolated when Mr C is away, especially if the neighbours are out too. Having a noisy Labrador helps me feel more protected and a home alarm system gives me peace of mind too. And I remind myself we’re unlikely to get any opportunist crime from people just passing by!
I love…The character of our house. Our house was built around 1900 and used to be a farm worker’s cottage. It is slightly wonky and not very big but it has original fire places, a built in larder and lots of charm which I adore. I can’t imagine ever living in a new build house as I grew up in a lovely cottage in the Cotswolds too.
I hate…The mud and the fox poo. Being surrounded by fields is wonderful but the downside to that is that my children and dog are always traipsing their muddy feet through my house! If we ever do an extension, I long for a utility room for muddy boots and a dog shower as her favourite pass time is delightfully rolling fox poo!
I love…Our lifestyle. I love that after a long day in London, which is only 35 minutes away by train, I can come home to the peace and tranquility of our home. I really do feel like we have the best of both worlds. It lets us totally switch off, allows our kids to be raised in a healthy and happy environment and I am thankful for our little home and its muddy farm track every single day.
So what do you think: love it or hate it? If you are a city person, then it would take a lot of adjustment to live where we do and for many people, it’s just too cut off or inconvenient. For those who can’t think of anything worse than living in the hustle and bustle of a city street, you might agree it’s our own little sanctuary.
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