Living in the countryside isn’t necessarily uneventful.

Early this a.m we stepped out into the park with the girls to find a car upside-down on the single lane that runs thro’..  Often, when walking the girls in the park we have to be aware, as drivers will sometimes speed past. Signs state 20mph, but because the single lane drive is quiet and clear, many think they’re at Brands Hatch. Sadly this is also why sheep, lambs and wildlife often get clobbered; folk may see them grazing but don’t realise the animal or bird is just as likely to suddenly stop and step out in front of them.  Anyway, thankfully no injured wildlife, just a tail-back of traffic whilst the vehicle was being removed.

Meanwhile, whilst watching the shenanigans, we bumped into someone we know and learned that Covid has finally shut the estate down….oooerrr!  We already knew of someone involved in a local Gamebird Shoot that had been affected (no sympathy there then)… but for it to be in the village 🙁 hmmm… too close for comfort.

Then just as were meandering back discussing lockdown: gunfire booms, explosions and explosive-like noises resounded loudly. Presumably military exercises were in full-swing at Salisbury Plain training ranges 20+ miles away. It immediately brought home how grim it must be having to live with that noise and fear on a daily basis, when living in countries that are continually fighting one another.

A country life and a quiet life don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.

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