Monday, 24 August 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #34 'Where We Live'


I write quite a lot on my blog about days out and in particular, local days out that we enjoy as a family. I do feel we are extremely fortunate that we live somewhere so diverse, with so many different things to do and places to visit. These are mostly outdoors and therefore we are often reliant on the unpredictable Yorkshire weather, but for the most part, we manage to get out a few times a week when the weather is fine. 


During the week, Little One and I have Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays together, with Tuesdays and Thursdays being nursery days. Sometimes we will meet up with friends or have errands to run, but there's nothing we like more than to get outside and visit somewhere or explore the local area. I don't often drive too far afield with him by myself, so we opt instead to stay quite local. Neither of us can be doing with staying in the house all day, we both get cabin fever and go a bit mad, and I like to make sure LO has burned lots of energy so he's tired enough for a much needed nap in the afternoon. 

Over the summer holidays, I have avoided any sort of soft play at all costs, just because it was getting so expensive and they're so busy with older children in the holidays. Last week, rather than drive to a local country park, which is what we often do, we decided to stay local and enjoy what our own village has to offer. It's a place I moan about all the time, but most of it is actually quite lovely. There aren't a huge amount of amenities to speak of, but it makes up for that by the amount of gorgeous rolling countryside which surrounds it. 

We spent the whole morning going for a lovely walk together. The only two bonkers enough to go for a walk in the rain. We took the trike and went for a really long rainy walk across a viaduct and along the bridleway, met some chickens and some very friendly horses. We looked at different flowers and collected 'treasure' (pebbles), and just had lots of fun walking together, giggling and chatting about what we could see. We then went for an explore around the village and went to a gorgeous new artisan coffee shop  and shared a white hot chocolate and a smoothie. 

As we walked together, I looked out across the viaduct to the beautiful view and instead of moaning about our village, I actually felt an immense sense of pride being able to live here. As a village it definitely has it's flaws and we know we actually won't live here when it's time for LO to go to school, but for the time being, it's where we call 'home', it's where we spend our most ordinary of moments, it's where we come back to after a tiring day away, or where we dash to the local co-op to buy something last minute. We truly are very lucky to live in such a lovely rural spot, yet within a stone's throw of the amenities of a big city. And while this isn't our 'forever home' (more about that in a future post) I am learning to appreciate it for what it is; home. And there's no place like it. 



 Someone wasn't impressed with taking self-timer iPhone photos in the rain...

 Stamping in the pebbles. We didn't see a soul on our rainy walk. 

 What a view. 


We stopped off at this local artisan coffee shop which had old fashioned school desks as tables. Very stylish.


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  1. Sometimes the simplest things are the best and we all should really appreciate the simple things about the places we live. It looks like you live somewhere beautiful! x

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    1. Definitely, you're so right Donna. I have really come to appreciate the smaller things in life. Mostly, it's beautiful where we live, but you'd never guess from the surroundings that we are about 4 miles from a really horrid city centre! x

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  2. What lovely photographs and such a lovely post. We feel the same about our area and home too :) Jess xx

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    1. Thank you so much Jess. I hope you've settled well into your new home, it's so exciting isn't it? x

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  3. Gorgeous view! Its easy to overlook the beauty that surrounds us, good to take a step back and admire it once in a while, love post

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    1. You're so right, it can be very easy to moan and complain about where we live, but sometimes it's nice to take a step back and admire the roses, even if they are surrounded by horrible thorns x

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  4. How wonderful to be so close to so much beautiful nature! We live in a very small city, and enjoy having the amenities, but I do wish we had more to explore on our doorstep! I can't wait to hear more about your forever home! xx

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    1. We do feel incredibly lucky to have this on our doorstep, but the compromise is that the nearby city is always in the press for the wrong reasons and is not a very nice place. Also the schools around us aren't great so we are planning on moving nearer the time LO goes to school. I'll be sad to leave our little piece of countryside x

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  5. Home is definitely the best place to be. And I love that you were taking photos in the rain you crazy pair! It looks like a lovely morning just the two of you. xx

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    1. Haha yes only me and F were out in the rain, we got soaked through but all was made better with hot chocolate and a piece of cake :) xx

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