I live in a back-to-front house. The view you see in the photograph is the front gate which leads onto a footpath that circumnavigates the village. It's really rather quaint having a footpath that mostly surrounds the village - they have the annual Pie & Peas race (really they do, you can see the route here - it attracts hundreds of runners each year) and the village Pound the Bounds, for the less-energetic. I'm sure there's a book in there somewhere, maybe an Agatha Christie murder or something. But there's no vehicle access to the front of our house and it's muddy and unlit, so the main entrance these days is at the back, at the top of a narrow single-track lane that has qualities all its own.
Beyond the first couple of fields is a dip which houses the Inter-City West Coast train line (between Crewe and Liverpool). The cutting ends mid-way across the field and though I don't actually notice the trains much, it's the Sunday-night maintenance work that I hear. Sound travels at night and I can hear every swear-word as I lie in bed.
And talking of voices, I discovered a new word the other day: Nomophobia. The definition of which is a fear of losing your phone or being out of phone contact. Yes, really. Go look it up on wikipedia. I can well believe it, considering that every second person on the footpath is talking on their phone to somebody. Quite frequently they are with one person and chatting away to another as they wander by, oblivious to the fact that I can hear every word.
So if you are ever considering a move to the countryside, or even just a break or a retreat to do some writing, take some earplugs and a good air-freshener! And leave the phone behind.
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