With street style outfit shots taken in busy urban locations, the blogging world seems like a very metropolitan place at times. However, this is not something that I’ve grown up around: Although the city has been home to me for five years now, I’m a proud country girl at heart with a childhood spent surrounded by open fields and making mud spring rolls with a docken leaf. To urbanites the country may seem boring, dirty and gross but living in the middle of nowhere has many perks and quirks.
- Wildlife is something that you have to become accustomed to when living in the countryside, whether it’s a bat fluttering around your bedroom or waking up to a field of cows that have made their way into your back garden (true story. Both of them)
- With all these animals everywhere, you learn the facts of life very early on. I learned the meaning of “pregnant” in my early primary school years, not because it was taught to us, but because a boy in my class had sheep who were pregnant.
- Not only do animals have babies, they also shit A LOT, And us country folk like to spread that shit over the fields to help the crops grow (mental, I know). This is not always ideal when you live amongst it, particularly when you have clothes out on the washing line. Spoiler: they’ll come back in absolutely stinking.
- Animals are great though and when you have all the space that the countryside has to offer, you can have a LOT of pets. At one point we had a pony, a dog, two cats – one of which ended up having four kittens, and five chickens.
- With these pets though, they end up being genuine excuses on why you’re late or why things have gone missing – our dog once ate my sister’s retainer (not chewed – full on ate it!) and we were almost late for school a number of times because my pony would escape into the garden just as we would be leaving.
- Britain is renowned for its seasonal weather, but this is even more apparent in the countryside. When it snows in winter, you’re either stuck at home for days on end or risk your life leaving the house for food. When you do have the opportunity to get food you have to haul it up the lane to your house on a sledge.
- You’re maybe thinking “the lane to your house? Is that like a big driveway?” – nope, it’s about a mile long, it’s bumpy as hell, not great for small cars, walking up in sandals or any delivery service trying to find your house.
- So yeah, we live very VERY deep in the Scottish countryside – no main road, no pavements, no street lights. A lot of people are mistaken that if you live in the countryside and have a lot of animals, then you live on a farm. Nope, not the case, I’m about as much a farmer as I am a football player, jazz singer or exotic dancer.
- In the city, your nearest shop is just around the corner. In the country, your nearest shop is just around the corner and then five miles from there, past the old farmhouse and the place with loads of horses.
- With even basic amenities not being very close to you, the luxuries aren’t close either: Takeaway options are very limited – all you’ve got is a Chinese and a chipper in the nearest town, oh and you can kiss goodbye to a delivery service that isn’t your dad on his way home from work – however this does turn out to be a cheap option with no extra driver fee.
- Yep, Taxi of mum and dad is pretty major in the countryside because you have to drive EVERYWHERE. Trips into town are either the most exciting event that isn’t Christmas or an overwhelming day out where you have to get everything you need or want for the next few months!
- When you live in the countryside with limited transport services and friends who live miles away, you end up bored out your effing mind in the summer holidays. You actually look forward to going back to school and you count down the days until your driving test when freedom and civilisation are all yours – FINALLY!
- However, when you do pass your test and are out on the open road, you realize that the winding, narrow country roads you live on are not something to be messed with, and oh how I have learned that lesson the hard way – twice!
- Just like the city life, you rely on a taxi after a night out, but when you live in the countryside they are a bloody fortune and you end up dropping off other random people in the middle of nowhere throughout your trip in the hope that your fare will be made cheaper.
- This is not the case though, taxis are still pricey out in the sticks but more often than not, you are on a first name basis with the driver because his wife is your neighbours cousin or something. No matter how drunk or tired you are, you don’t have to worry about directions because Mr taxi driver already knows where you live, who you are, who your parents are and what they do, where you work and where you’re friends need dropped off too.
- It sounds creepy, but it’s really quite normal having everyone know who you are or be connected to you in some way or another. It actually comes in handy at times too, let me give you an example – a night out “back home” which I was not at or anywhere near in terms of location happened and yet I ended up notified that my mate lost her bag. Why? – because a man found it who is neighbours with a girl who is going out with a boy who’s brother is going out with me and I am best friends with the girl who lost her bag. If only Cinderella and Prince Charming came from a town like ours!
- If you’re from the city I know what you’re thinking; “a night out? In the countryside?” – yes, although our options are limited we can always rely on that one nightclub, because it is the only nightclub there is for about 15 miles or so, and in the summer months we’re extra spoiled with marquees – basically a nightclub in a giant tent with underage drinking and the risk of ruining your new shoes in mud (it really isn’t as bad as it sounds)
- So why do we go on these nights out and how can they possibly be interesting? – Because everyone knows everyone, remember! This makes a night out a maaaaajor gossip opportunity, however you do end up making a gamble between having an awesome school reunion or making an absolute knob of yourself in front of a room full of people who know you. It’s either gossip or be gossiped about – but mostly both.
- Although the countryside sounds like a challenging and isolating way of life, it’s not that bad when you have beautiful views everywhere you look
- When it gets dark at night you can see the milky way
- If you have chickens like us, you have the joy of fresh eggs every morning
- You get peace and quiet and can get dressed with your curtains open
- When you’re a kid, your imagination games are hands down Oscar worthy with all the fields and forests to run around in, pretending you’re a horse or something.
- And you have a neighbourhood where there is virtually no such thing as strangers – everyone is someone you know, or a family friend, or someone you went to school with. There’s a familiarity with everyone and everything that makes this quiet and humble place feel like home.
Shoutout to Miss Henny Penny by the way, one of our five beloved hens who is making her modelling debut! (comment below for enquiries)
In other blog/vlog news; I have a brand spanking new video on my YouTube channel now – a guide on all things stationary for getting back to school/uni/organised life. Come check it out!
Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies!