For so many, the English countryside gets no more than a fleeting glance, for me it’s more, it’s part of the fabric of my life.
Visited by millions of people every year, the English countryside is a place to enjoy, throughout the seasons. A gentle picnic, the buzz of the bees, the scent of a beautiful rose as it comes into flower. Maybe, the hoare frost, the early morning mist as it hovers over a winding river, or the evensong of native birds. The English countryside is a place for creating beautiful memories, moments of inspiration or just a place to relax. Whatever draws you to the English countryside, you will surely find some hidden gems alongside the well known.
So rest a while and take time to sit and stare, indulge in your latest novel, for moments that should not be rare.
The English countryside is at the heart of English culture, from its historic rural industries and crafts, many of which are still in practice today, to the modern day farmers’ markets, evolving creative industries and festivals. But for me, it’s the opportunity to indulge in simple pleasures, the chance to observe the wildlife, the habitat, the graceful splendour of our stately homes and gardens. Most of all it’s the feeling of being close to nature. An escape from the rat race to indulge in my favourite books, and a recognition that it is not the days, but moments which will capture my heart forever.