Posted: 17/04/2016 at 14:31
Perhaps we should set up our own house swap arrangements on here. I have to say that an urban or suburban break with shops, theatres and restaurants etc on hand has its attraction when you live in rural isolation all year long, just as urban dwellers have the reverse dream. At least we would have a gardener there to help take care of the plants and might learn something of the reality behind our dreams
Think we have the best of both worlds now - a bus stop at the bottom of the road with an hourly service into the city for theatre, shops, restaurants etc. The mobile library stops there too.
10 minutes gentle stroll to the village with a bank, supermarket, opticians, undertakers, church, chemist, hair salon and financial advisor, Laura Ashley, a gastro-pub and a village pub-cum-post office, an off licence, an Indian take away and a fish and chip shop - as my son says, 'What more do you need at your age mum?'.
Yet 100m away we have an SSSI of old chalk caves full of bats, and the other side of the hill we have a nature reserve of grazing marsh, river and oak woodland teeming with wildlife that spills over into our garden. All that coupled with a warm modern easy to run home.
I've been there and done that with the rural smallholding - it was wonderful. Must say, this is pretty wonderful too