We spent the weekend up in Norfolk for my close friend's wedding. It was wonderful. But the best part about the weekend was having no signal whatsoever and very poor wifi connection. Yes ofcourse I felt pretty 'put out' at first and by the end of it I was grateful. I got to enjoy a weekend trip away with my little family and I got to take every moment in of my dear friend's special day without the distraction of social media!
Our lovely room was a cabin style building with three special rooms, each with their own door, a luxe bathroom and an upstairs area. We also had access to our own private garden with gorgeous views. Apart from a kitchen, we had the essentials. Sebastian and I decided that we could live like this easily. No noisy sirens or busy roads, no gangs of naughty teens loitering on your front step discarding their cigarette ends over the path, no views of tall town buildings being made into flats, not filling every spare inch of each room with furniture and ornaments and 'things'. It was just the perfect realisation of a life we both want. A simple one.
I have dreamt of living in Scottish countrysides with spectacular views of mountains and tall forests for a while now. Weekend family adventures collecting wildflowers, pinecones and tree rubbings. Growing our own vegetables and sunflowers and tree swings in our garden. Watching birds feed from homemade seed balls hanging by string on twigs. Fresh laundry blowing in the country breezes on the washing line. Sitting cross-legged outside upon large blankets with hot cocoa and huddled together to keep warm whilst watching the sun set. Walking to the nearest village for fresh bread, the paper and ingredients to make a sweet pie for pudding. Pressing flowers and watching the rain fall upon the window pane.
I yearn for this. I am desperate for a life of simplicity and love and contentment. I don't want loads of money, bundles of clothes or a garage full of cars (perhaps one big family car, Sebastian's dream Harley and our collection of family bikes), baskets of toys and shelves of DVDs.
I would like the smell of a casserole slowly cooking on the stove, a letterbox filled with handwritten notes from family and friends, a bookcase filled with books and dictionaries and an atlas, a pile of old board games and a pack of cards and a coffee table big enough to sit around and play them on by candle light, a woodburner for toasting marshmallows, a pile of blankets to snuggle under and a skylight in the bathroom so I can see the stars whilst I bathe in bubbles and a garden with enough space to grow fruit, vegetables and pretty flowers in and an area to sit and just be.
The simple life is all I want, it's all I see and I am going to try my darn hardest to get this.