Posted in Feeling Great, Midlife, Photographs, Rants and Raves, tagged birds, British, countryside, county, crocuses, daffodils, English, lambs, Lincolnshire, Midlife, rural, snowdrops, spring, UK, winter on March 14, 2010 |
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Yesterday saw us inadvertently exploring remote parts of Lincolnshire, our home county. We took a wrong turning in the car, which is easily done in our “outback”. Single track roads with no passing places are always entertaining when meeting the odd motorist daft enough to travel these ancient tracks and lanes.
The wonderful thing about this particular slice of English countryside is that I am instantly taken back to my childhood days of huge, wild hedgerows and small grassy meadows; a time before the fashion for monstrous open fields became the norm. And although it is not quite officially spring here in the UK, the world has a distinctly spring-like feel to it. The hedgerows are itching to burst into their unkempt green spring splendour; and the birds are twittering with excitement that winter is almost over.
Like most British rural counties, Lincolnshire has its fair share of sheep, and of course, spring lambs at this time of year. The ones in the photographs were spotted at Spridlington, close to my parents’ farm.
So it’s official in my midlife mind. The longest, coldest UK winter we’ve had for many years is over. And spring is here, with its snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, lambs, birdsong; and the promise of green-ness. What joy.
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Posted in Family, Lifestyle, Midlife, Photographs, Rants and Raves, tagged cats, cider, countryside, dogs, Family, friends, geese, good life, home, jam, Lifestyle, middle aged, Midlife, midlifer, reality check, rural, wine on October 26, 2009 |
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Called to see some friends for coffee yesterday afternoon. They have a new puppy and that was part of the reason for the visit. I first saw him a few weeks ago when he was a lovely lollopy little thing; can’t believe how much he’s grown since and he’s absolutely gorgeous. It was, of course, also good to see old friends and catch up with all the local midlife news.
Whilst visiting it occurred to me yet again that the way these midlifers live their lives is amazing. If anyone remembers the UK TV series “The Darling Buds of May” then you’ll immediately think “nostalgia”, of living in the country, growing your own produce and having a relatively simple yet very satisfying lifestyle. It’s also hard work!
This time of year is particularly busy for the family. Cider is made from the apples from the orchard (standing at about 40 gallons right now!), using a home made apple press. Dozens of jars of plum jam are already stored in the pantry, and wine making is in full production using every type of fruit, vegetable and flower available at this time of the year from our wonderful rural surroundings.
Big baskets of apples stand on the courtyard ready for storage for the winter; I came home with a bag full of Bramley’s which make delicious apple sauce to accompany winter dinners. But much more than that, I came home with a warmth in my heart. I always do. I am transported back to the world in which I myself grew up. Open fires; big cooking range; healthy wholesome food; huge family dining table; Wellington boots; dogs; cats; chickens and geese.
And the warmth generated in their home is a natural, sincere, relaxed affair, born out of a lifetime of hard work and lovingly bringing up a family. Many thanks to both of these dear middle aged friends for yesterday’s boost in the arm. And for the reality check that this crazy midlifer needs every now and again.
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