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I walk the rolling hills again

a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day
a walk on christmas day

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?

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  • No Guilt Fashion 11 January 2012, 8:24 am

    I’m a city girl too. I was raised in the country, but spent most of my time in the city. These are beautiful pictures, & those gloves are just plain fun.
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  • Clare 11 January 2012, 11:53 am

    Great photographs – I really like the light in the fourth one. And yes, the gloves are amazing, the frog ones are my favourite. I’m very much a city girl – I can’t drive for health reasons so having everything in walkable distance really helps. Having grown up in Edinburgh I think I have slight bias towards thinking that cities are beautiful, but I have found that I like even the grey, grimy, blocky cities too.
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  • Megan 11 January 2012, 1:15 pm

    I’m very much a city person. I grew up in a small city in Southern Ontario and now live in a slightly bigger city in Nova Scotia. There’s just so much more to do in cities.

    However, I do dream of owning a place in the country where I can have lots of animals. I want the best of both worlds!
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  • anne the SpyGirl 11 January 2012, 1:57 pm

    like you, country mouse to city mouse. I can appreciate the country — in small doses!
    or if I’m driving through it… wide open spaces are my muse (especially west texas)
    but can only take so much of my muse
    must have the urban for my sanity

    your pictures of the fields remind me of the landscape I grew up with as a teen — a teen walking the countryside yearning to GET OUT
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  • Chandra 11 January 2012, 3:20 pm

    I am totally a city girl. I just wish that the small city I live in had better public transportation. I end up driving a lot more than I would like too.
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  • Rebekah 11 January 2012, 4:50 pm

    Dave’s sister must be fun.

    I grew up in small towns with a mother who romanticized country life. I imagined cities to be noisy, filthy places full of muggers. Now that I’ve finally experienced major cities, I like them very much— so much energy, so many colorful people to see.

    Incidentally, my mother finally moved out to the country and really misses city life. We don’t know what we want, eh?
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  • poet 11 January 2012, 5:37 pm

    Oh the gloves – squeeeeeeeeeeee! I can completely relate to what you say about countryside vs. city. I’ll probably end up living in the countryside because the boyfriend owns a house there, but I am a libraries/museums/concerts/thrift stores/flea markets addict, so driving to the next bigger cities will be unavoidable. For now though, while I’m still living a dorm-inhabitant student life, I go everywhere by bike.
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  • Carina 11 January 2012, 7:30 pm

    Haaach du machst imemr so schöne Bilder! Und aaaawwww die Handschuhe, Zucker!! <3 =)
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  • Lorena 11 January 2012, 7:49 pm

    Yes Franca! the gloves are fab, I was just going to compliment them :o)
    In my case, I grew up in the country’s capital city of my country (Panama).
    When growing up the country hit the “million people” mark, so you can imagine that even though I lived in the main city it was still small (less than 700k people).
    It was perfect. We had everything and it was only a few minute drive to the countryside and the beach.
    We just hit the 3.5 million people mark country wis last year.
    City wise (where I live) just a little over a million – it’s terrible.
    I love the city, because like you I enjoy walking.
    The problem here is that the sidewalks are non existent, there is no respect for pedestrians and crossing lines are ignored.
    I will not even mention the noise factor. Try sleeping at night with a 96 decibel noise !
    I want to remain in the city, but sometimes I dream of a quieter place.
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  • Terri 12 January 2012, 12:02 am

    First, I love the mittens/gloves! I grew up in the American suburbs and was so weary of being driven around that I moved out west to Montana and managed in a college town without a car. When my children were pre-schoolers, I was even more remote. When my first marriage failed, I needed a job and fast, so returned to an urban setting for work purposes.

    For the past 16 years I’ve lived in a small town, 20 miles from a metropolitan area of 2 million. This combination allows the best of both worlds.
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  • teeny 12 January 2012, 8:06 am

    oooooo, i was a city person until i had my children. i wanted them to have a big yard……i wanted them to be able to feel open space, run on grass when they wanted, walk to nearby streams, play in the big parks wehave out here (without having to drive very far) – and so after having baby 1 we found a big house in a semi-rural area, and here we are! HOWEVER, having said that, we are already considering moving back to the city for our babes once they hit teenager years. For the same reasons you wanted to as a teenager. Culture. Education. It’s a big world out there, and you’re unlikely to encounter much of it, as secluded as we are where we live in the country burbs.

  • Rhianne 12 January 2012, 8:57 am

    First, I love the gloves! They are so fun.

    Ohh, thats a tough question… I spent most of my childhood in the countryside and I love so much about it, the quiet and darkness at night, the fields, the green (theres hardly any green in the city), being able to see stars… but since I left home I’ve lived in the city and like you, I love how easy it is to get around and I love the culture and the people.

    Can I be both? Haha. I love going home to my parents, but I love coming home to the city too and we have a garden, so we have the best of both worlds perhaps 🙂
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  • Kristen 12 January 2012, 1:34 pm

    I never would have expected this but at the moment I am a city girl. How can you not be, living in Edinburgh? It is not fast-paced or scary like others, it is not overwhelmingly large and busy, it’s great! I do love working in the country and taking country walks but for culture and activities and convenience I am a city girl.
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  • Kimberlee 12 January 2012, 2:56 pm

    Those gloves are so cute! Take more pics in the rolling hills 🙂 I’m definitely a city girl! Every time I visit my parents in Jersey, I’m like “what’s the smell?” And they’re like “fresh air?” lmao My lungs are so used to Manhattan air that they’re very confused by natural, non-polluted air.
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  • Dora 12 January 2012, 8:40 pm

    Amazing Scenery!
    I am a city girl ,but also love the quiet country side ..not too scary calm.
    your matching gloves are adorably cute!

  • Lyddiegal 13 January 2012, 4:53 am

    tiger handwarmers are the cutest things ever.
    I think I might prefer city life, but I don’t know, i’ve always just been a suburbs gal.
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  • Andi B. Goode 13 January 2012, 8:29 am

    These photos are lovely.
    I’m a city girl for sure! (I actually dislike nature – it looks pretty but bugs and dirt and sun – sunburn – are not for me ;)) Though, I’m quite a contrary one as I dislike loud noises and lots of people. Oh dear. I love the city at night and I love the city centres when they are empty – quite eery and bizarre.
    -Andi x
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  • Vanessa 13 January 2012, 4:15 pm

    Lovely photos, once again. it looks like a fantastic Christmas day. Love the portrait in the red coat, especially the light in it. (And I’m a country girl, but with a dash of city required every month or so!)

  • Stef 13 January 2012, 6:15 pm

    Those mittens are to die for!

    I grew up in a tiny farming village but (not unlike you) I moved to England the day after I got my driving license. I’ve been living in small cities eversince and love how accessible everything is. All I need are my own two feet and a push bike.

    If we do move to the US I think I’ll have to face the driver’s seat after all 🙂 I could imagine living in the country again but I think at heart I am a city girl. 🙂
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  • Melizza 23 January 2012, 6:58 pm

    These photos are fabulous. It makes me want to be a country person. But I prefer big towns/small cities, like Edinburgh or Austin, TX. Having lived in NYC, and currently in London, I am over how little concern people seem to have for their neighbors (littering, rude train/bus commuters, etc.). It all gets a bit exhaustive.

    A small city still offers great shopping, transport links but also a more laid back of living. Sadly you have to do without some of the nicer amenities, like great theatre productions and major museums. I can go on and on.

    Great meeting you this weekend!
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