What do you do when you live in the middle of nowhere? Forget streaming the internet, with the exception of Cornwall, most rural countryside internet speeds are not fast enough to spend your week watching 3 series of Game of Thrones. Besides moaning about the appalling bus service and non-existent night clubs, activities are available when you live 10 miles from a Tesco.
I’m here to educate all the Londoners, Manchurians and other city-dwellers on the optimistic things to do as a young person stranded in a country village.
Get your friends round for a west-country cider and a greasy burger or two. If it’s particularly warm then a water fight is probably imminent. It’s always best not to plan a water-fight, the more unprepared you are, the better.
The night time air begins to crawl across your skin and it’s time to light the bonfire and cloak yourself in a blanket. Someone’s going to get a guitar out – just hope that the sing-a-longs don’t get too cheesey…
West country cider or a crisp home brew in the sunshine. I don’t think any more needs to be said.
Hot puddings are my preference, one person can peel the fruits and another can get started on the crumble or fluffy sponge. Some neighbours are sure to offer you allotment excess fruits (rhubarb, raspberries and whatever it may be) and eggs aren’t hard to find either once you ask around. Flour – sugar – and away you go!
5. Cycling with a stop for a picnic
City cycling just isn’t the same as braving the hilly one track roads. Biking down the little lanes, there will be no grid-lock or pollution and the only annoyance you’re likely to come across will be the occasional tractor or pheasant. Once you feel you’ve huffed and puffed enough, it’s time to discover a woodland clearing to open up the picnic rucksack. Scotch-eggs ahoy!
So here, the list is probably exhausted, because I’m not fooling anyone – there is much more to do when you live in a city, and returning to the countryside feels like travelling back in time. You’d better hope it’s sunny, because this list is instantly halved if the rain sets in. Now go – go have fun in the wilderness!