But here everyone knows everyone else, or is related to them in some way. The Hubster reassured me that wherever I asked for help, they would know him or his business and I had no need to worry. It took awhile but now I know this is true and I myself know people in all the towns surrounding us.But more than anything, the thing that regularly amazes me is the absolute sound of silence to be found here. You can literally stand outside in many places just a couple of miles outside town and hear nothing but the breeze! There is no traffic at all to speak of, the locals think there is, but when you've come from England there really is NO traffic out here. If the Hubster and I pass more than a dozen vehicles then we'll joke with each other about 'the traffic'. He also appreciates the lack of traffic having travelled around England with me in a car! The other big reason it's so silent is the lack of any air traffic overhead. If a plane does go over, people will stop in their tracks to see what it is. We get the occasional light aircraft or military jet on a training exercise, but the most frequent air traffic is the Air-Evac Helicoptor from the local hospital and that's not often. The cemetery above was just beautiful, in the middle of nowhere and so peaceful, truly a place of rest. The horses had a highway alongside their field and would prick their ears at the occasional vehicle passing by, but theirs is a peaceful life too.
But the spot where I took the picture of the field above was truly well off the beaten track, up unpaved country roads. I got the Hubster to stop and I climbed up into the bed of our Pickup to take pictures. It was just breathtakingly beautiful and all I could hear was the breeze and the grass gently swishing. I just soaked it all up, felt so relaxed stress free and fully appreciated the quality of the life I have here. I often hear the local kids say they can't wait to leave here and get to the big cities. I tell them they should go and experience other places and styles of living. But I also tell them that I have been there and done that in bigger cities than they can imagine, and truly you would never get me to return to my old life. I understand there isn't much for them out here, but you don't always appreciate what you have at the time, only discovering it's true value when it's gone. I am really looking forward to our holiday in Chicago in the summer as I miss the city. But I already know that by the time we get home I will be longing for the endless horizons, breathtaking beauty of this open coutryside and more than anything, the sound of silence.