A Christmas in Wales


How have you been? Hopefully you’ve had a week or two off this Christmas and you’re spending time with family and loved ones right now, away from any screen or social media.

I have had the most restful week in a long time. I didn’t fly home to France this Christmas because Fall whisked by and when I finally sat down to browse Eurostar tickets in early November, they flirted with the £300 mark already. But in a way, this has turned out to be a really nice opportunity to do something different. Rob’s family was quick to snatch me up and welcomed us both to Wales for the long break. I had only visited once before and did not expect we would get so much snow in these parts, it’s colder than in London too, but I have plenty of wooly jumpers and thick socks to borrow. It’s really lovely here, there’s nothing much to do but laze around and take it slow.

Days usually start with brewing some tea, stretching my body with yoga practice (which by the way, feels so good when you do it everyday), reading books I grabbed this year but never had the time to start, tucking into delicious comforting food, giving the playful neighbour’s cat a fuss, playing cards or board games, taking long walks, catching up on films I missed this year, listening to records old and new that Rob’s brother has collected, discovering the history of the region and its haunted buildings, and sinking into an armchair by the roaring fire in the evening to chat into the night with a glass of bourbon in hand.

In some ways, this makes me realise that there is life outside of London, and a nice one too. I guess I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin but maybe it’s something that I’m slowly coming around to. There’s something to be said for the quietness and the space. With how well connected we are today, I don’t reckon it feels isolating at all to live a little remotely. What do you think, is living in the countryside something you’ve considered or experienced? I’d love to know.

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9 Comments

Bloomzy
December 29, 2014

You summed up Wales for me too! It's such a relaxing and calming place to visit. My days are pretty much the same as yours, but I'm always so surprised at how much I manage to write for the blog whilst I'm there haha

Jesse
December 29, 2014

Thank you for the comment Emma and I'm glad that you're having a great Christmas break too! You're being so good, I didn't do much blog-related work so far, I started to make a media kit and a Spring editorial calendar but if I'm honest it's all planning and not much doing :)

Hayley
December 30, 2014

Yay, I'm glad you had a good trip! You know, Bristol is a good combination of country and city ;)

Rosie
December 30, 2014

I love the countryside, it's so refreshing and such a nice place to be over Christmas. Have a great New Year!

Rosie xx

Iris
December 31, 2014

I loved reading this, as I grew up in a remote, sleepy countryside town, and lived there for most of my life. I used to hate living in the country, at least one hour drive from any place worth being in Italy; ironically, I've come to appreciate it more, and sometimes crave it, after leaving it.

Now I see country life as something I'd retreat to for a couple of weeks - as you say, to spend time with family, take long walks and catch up with books and films. It's really lovely, and yet I can't imagine doing it for too long before the need to be surrounded by people and opportunities to discover new things kicks in again :)

Jesse
January 2, 2015

Thank you for the comment Hayley and I know, you're always making a strong case for Bristol! I have to visit again this year, definitely. Jesse x

Jesse
January 2, 2015

Have a great New Year too Rosie and thank you for your comment! Jesse x

Jesse
January 2, 2015

I see exactly what you mean Fed, I think this is the one thing that could potentially hold me back in moving to a little sleepy town, would I miss the effervescence and anonymity of the city? It's quite amazing to be able to head to a gallery or cocktail bar or the theatre on any given day and if I couldn't I wonder if I would terribly miss it. Also, I would definitely have to pass my driving licence but that's probably a good thing! Jesse x

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