What Ive Learned Living in The Country

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Clanfield. Country Village, 250 years old. Estimated Population 4000. Consists of fields, farms, a small church and a village hall.
Dan & I have lived in Clanfield for around 18 months now and, before we moved, I had only ever lived in the city. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the city as much as the next girl, but the country has always appealed to me more, it's a simpler, more friendly life and I have learned a lot in my short time here.

Free Range is the only way
When living in a small village, it is so important to support the local community. And, with farms-a-plenty around us, its not hard to, either. I have always bought free range eggs from the store but since moving to Clanfield, we have always bought our eggs from a local farm where you can pick up 30 for £2. Let me tell you, there is nothing like a truly freerange egg - You may have to rid the shells of stuck on feathers, but they taste oh-so much better! We also try to buy most of our meat from the local butchers and its nice to know that all of the pubs and restauramts in the surrounding area buy local too. Farming is, sadly, a dying trade, so I like to support the local farmers in anyway I can - plus I have loved getting to know the farmers wife on my trips to 'Charity Farm'
You can also pick up homegrown flowers and herbs on a walk around the village, people sell them right on their doorsteps!

Boots are best
I'd owned a pair of cowgirl boots for New Look for years and even though they were worn to the bone I couldn't bear to part with them. While they weren't practical working boots I loved them so much, so when Dan offered to take me shopping on my birthday this year for a pair of authentic Justins (see them here) I was overwhelmed with excitement! I finally have my very own pair of mustang hide cowgirl boots and they have barely left my feet since February!
Living in a village means there are lots of fields around and if the rain doesn't make mud then tractors are leaving it everywhere so boots really are a necessity (at least, that's what I tell myself!).

Being social is a must
When we first moved to Clanfield I had quit my job, we had no internet, no TV license and I didn't know a soul around me *Cue worlds smallest violin solo*, so it was a very lonely time.
Moving to such a small community is hard as everybody already knows each other and any newbie is always going to be the odd one out.
Thankfully, our landlord & landlady live on the property just behind us and they are the kindest people you could know, we often joke that they are the village celebrities as they get along with everybody - so as you can imagine it didnt take long for me to be introduced to some of the wonderful local folk. I am not a shy person by any stretch of the imagination, but Clanfield doesnt really boast a young community so it was hard to find like minded people but my landlady made short work of it and I owe her so much for that. She has invited me to lunches, chairty events and much more so I can now say I know a handful of friendly faces around here!
Having Elias has helped too as it has forced me to get out into the community more, I take him on walks and meet lost of nice people - one in particlar has become a firm friend; another farmers wife who has a baby just 5 weeks older than Elias, I enjoy going to a weekly baby group with her in the next village where there are lots of other young women who we have made friends with.

Dont be afraid of powercuts
Adjusting to a country house was strange - in our house we have an old fashioned electric machine which you have to keep topped up with £1 coins, or else *pooof* the electric switches off! I'ts always a mad rush to make sure that our cupboard is stocked up with £1 coins or we know we wont be eating or watching television that night, haha! There are also a lot of power cuts - I'm not sure why this is but when its winter and the light evenings are no more, its always a worry that the lights will cut out and I'll be plunged into darkness. There are no street lights around, either, so night time is literally pitch dark!
The only way I have managed to overcome the fear of the powercuts is to know that they never usually last more than 15 minutes and then everything comes back - that, and save work regularly on the PC!!

You Need a Car!
Although there is a couple of little convenience shops in the village, there really isn't a lot you can without a car here. At first, I was afraid to take the car out as I didn't know my way around anywhere and the country roads are real narrow, but I've gotten used to it now and I prefer country driving over motorway driving any day! Its actually quite exciting driving through the country as you never know when you are going to see a deer, a fox or even hares and I love driving past the horse fields at sun down - its beautiful! Driving has opened up a lot of options for me here, as the neighboring villages offer a lot more entertainment than ours, which gives me much more to do!

Everyone has a story here and I'm sure I have much more to learn about country living, but I am enjoying my time in Clanfield so far, and have a whole new appreciation for the farmers and community members that work so hard to keep small villages like ours welcoming and thriving.


  1. It sounds like the perfect town! I love country living too, although a fraction different here in Australia. I'm in town at the moment but we are working on owning our own farm, hopefully not too far down the track. The peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery leaves city life for dead. I live in my boots too! I have pair of Ariat cowgirl boots and also a pair of R.M. Williams (which are the iconic Australia boot!)

  2. Ahh owning a farm would be the dream - I would love to be able to do that someday!
    Haha its funny you should mention about Ariats as they are next on my list to add to my collection, but ill have to check out RM Williams too!
    Thanks for reading!

  3. Oh my goodness, Clanfield sounds like an absolute dream! This was such a lovely post! Xx

  4. Sounds similar to my village before the naughty developers started buying farmers out and building on our countryside!