Country living has always been something we as a family have yearned after and 2017 was to be the year that our dreams came true. We had previously lived in a village for 20 years but during that time it got bigger and bigger, with new developments popping up and any spare piece of land built on. So everything packed, myself, my husband and my son headed to start our new life in the country!
Our new home is one of five barn conversions, so although we are living in a rural location, we are not alone and living close to like-minded country loving folk has turned out perfectly for us….instant friendships happened for us and we love our new neighbours. Some older some younger….age is nothing when it comes to friendship….if you get on with someone age is simply a number. I can honestly say that we have made so many lovely new friends since moving to the country. No longer a part of the rat race, our life is calmer giving us more time to socialise. People we pass out walking along the country lanes or fields will stop for a chat even if it’s just a nod of the head it’s more than what we were used to. But from simply stopping for little chats, friendships can blossom. The local pub is a fantastic way to make friends and we feel like proper locals now, especially when they know what your drink of choice is!!
My son has started shooting and this has been a great way for him to meet new friends in the country. Shooting was not something he did before moving, but when in Rome and all that…..and he loves the whole vibe of this sport. We don’t own a dog but we do have a gorgeous furry grandchild called Hunter and what a fab way of making friends this turned out to be. Whether it be in the pub or out on dog walks, people will stop and chat even more so if you have a gorgeous dog with you. I have yet to do this but I am (I promise!) at some point going to join a yoga or keep fit class and you tend to find lots advertised that take place in village halls and this will I’m sure to be another great way to make friends.
So all in all, there may not be so many of us out in the countryside but for some reason it seems to be that people put themselves out to chat and be friendly and we have made some lovely friendships so far and I’m sure we will make more friends in the future and if not…..you always have the animals in the fields to chat to (is it just me?!)….friendships come in all different forms.