We`re well enough in to this blog to have learned a bit about each other but I`d like to know even more.Ferrari brings us all together & photo #1 is of the first Y&F baby. Alix & Sarah`s little Samuel.Seems he has all the charm of his Mum & cheek of his Dad! Just for once on this blog, no talk of Ferrari or F1 – let`s talk of us. To get the ball rolling, I`ll tell you a little about where I live.
Our parish (on the coast of one of the UK`s National Parks) is just over 1570 acres in size.In 1821 the population hit a high of 130. It`s down to about 40 now. Sheep probably outnumber humans 100-1 so there are plenty to count – should be no trouble getting to sleep here. Unless, that is, it`s April – lambing.April is renowned as the month we all stop talking to our neighbours ….. self-preservation. If you`ve been up most of the night checking four-legged mothers-to-be that have an amazing habit of going belly-up at the slightest opportunity then you probably wouldn`t be at your most sociable either. It brings a whole new meaning to the old saying “Ne`er cast a clout till May be out”. Luckily we don`t have sheep ourselves but we don`t want to be on the wrong end of the clout – so we keep our heads down with the rest & wait for the all clear.
A traveller passing through in 1832 wrote "This sequestered village, reached by rugged & precipitous roads, not to be traversed except on horse, donkey or on foot, and not without a guide, while the thinly scattered and wild looking population suggest the idea of a foreign country - when gained the place seems to be seated in the wildest solitude."Not changed much then – particularly the odd looking population.Sounds like it scared him but then, until 5 years before, this was the haunt of a centuries old smuggling band (I`ll tell you about it sometime, but not today) & strangers were, understandably, looked on with suspicion.
Living here is not to everyones` taste – too isolated for some – although we`re only half an hour or so drive from most of the action. If, like us, you love natural beauty & tranquility, it`s hard to beat, though.
They say you need to have lived here for 30 years or 3 generations to become a true local. Next year will be our 20th year so, while still not true locals, we have been told we can consider ourselves well in.
Do you live in the countryside, a town, a city or by the coast & what is it like there?