These pictures are from Christmas day. We were down in Leicester at Dave’s mum’s. She lives just at the edge of town and went for a walk into the fields to the next village, between opening the presents and Christmas dinner. It was the most exercise I got all holiday!
The countryside is so pretty, but it again made me realise that I’m a proper city girl. I grew up at the very edge of a village (though I went to school in the city 18km away) and when I was little I loved running around the fields and forest and pretending I lived in a hedge and could talk to trees. But when I became a teenager, I started being interested in things that could be found only in the city, like shops, museums, cafes and cinemas and the so frustration of having to be driven everywhere (buses were crap back then, though they’re ok now) made me wish I lived inside the city.
Most people go through that phase I guess but when they turn old enough to drive it doesn’t bother them any more. But I never really got into driving, I failed my first test and then moved to Scotland a month after passing it second time round. And of course Edinburgh is so compact and walkable with good public transport that driving would just be silly (Though I know people who drive everywhere and routinely spend half an hour going round in circles looking for a parking space in the centre of town. To each their own I guess).
Now I’m a complete city person. I just like being in (or near) the centre of things, I like walking everywhere, and they chance to try new cultural things without massive amounts of planning. Some people find the high density of people a bit scary but I love it, both from a rational point of view (high density = better transport links, more and more varied services, less environmental impact, exposure to a diverse range of people) and emotionally (sometime I walk along our (tenemented) street, and look into the windows and think about all the different lives going on in parallel on top of and next to each other, and it makes me feel weirdly happy and excited). Many of our friends have moved out of the city to small towns in search of a garden, but that’s not for me. I do like to be near open greenspace but that’s what parks are for! Maybe this will change when we have kids but somehow I doubt it.
But in the meantime I do like occassional walks in the country, even if I wouldn’t want to live there.
Are you a city or a country person?
The tiger and the frog gloves were a present from Dave’s sister by the way. Aren’t they fab?