Far from the madding crowd

Far from the madding crowd

Hi there,

Thanks for joining us on this glorious day in Wales. Fish n chips in Cardigan, some fab boutiques with Shona – bustling morning and lots of good energy.

Been having a rare afternoon here, a very quiet one. Far from the madding crowd.

You don’t realise how loud the traffic outside your garden is, until you sit in a garden where there is NO traffic, where there are NO cars anywhere remotely close. You don’t realise how noisy your garden until you remove yourself from the sound of engines and motors. No irritating neighbour firing up the hedge trimmer or the lawn mower or the leaf blower either. No neighbours, no cars. I am astounded by the absence of noise.

To lie in the shade of an old tree, to listen to the birds twittering, to hear the woodpecker hammering away somewhere in the distance. It is the first time in a long time that I can actually follow my own thoughts without interruption or disturbance.

There’s a lot to be said for a bit of peace and quiet – in the real sense. No wonder Mike and Shona are so laid back! If it weren’t such a hefty commute, I’d move here tomorrow!

But it’s here, it’s there, it’s everywhere. I just have to seek it out. Yesterday as we walked along the coastal path, we met a young barefoot girl walking with a guitar, who found her quiet spot , too.

I think I often take the traffic with me in my head. Maybe it’s time to find this nearer home. You understand me….

We’re going to a local dance tonight. I love dancing! Talk about sensor overload!

Best getting my dancing shoes on then!

Love and hugs,

Barb xxxx


16 thoughts on “Far from the madding crowd

  1. Hi Barb,
    You are in such a beautiful part of the Uk. I know what you mean about the quiet. I used to sit on our caravan site ( only 5 vans allowed) and listen to the buzzards screeching overhead – I loved it. Now every time I see or hear a buzzard, I’m transported back to St Petrox. Love and hugs, Alison xxx

  2. I bet its really dark too and you can see all the stars in the sky rather than them being bleached out by street lighting. I don’t think you understand these things until you’ve experienced them.
    But you appreciate it more when it happens!
    Enjoy every moment! Xxx

  3. Far from the madding crowd , I studied for my GCSE. Love the book and the film. Julie Christie and Terence Stamp
    Enjoy your down time. Xxx

  4. Sounds just what doctors ordered. Isn’t beautiful love sitting listening to the birds chattering away just love it the peace sitting in the silence. Enjoy every moment so pleased your having such a good time they are such a lovely couple enjoy your Dancing xx joy x

  5. Sounds wonderful and I am so happy you are taking a little time out for a change – you need to put work and hollic in their place and do more of this ! K xx

  6. The simple pleasures are the best! Enjoy the quietness and tuck it away deep within you for the inevitable noisy times xx

  7. Peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings is the best restorative Barbara, and with good friends Mike and Shona, perfect. Hope you had a great evening. x

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