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We are two women in progress, Nicky and Laura.  Just making it all up as we go along, and not pretending to do otherwise. 

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Reasons to move to the country: #1 Mud glorious mud

Reasons to move to the country: #1 Mud glorious mud

Woman in Progress lifestyle blog jumping in muddy puddles

We moved to the countryside from London three and a half years ago now.  

Being in the countryside, this doesn't mean the weather is any better (these pictures were taken in July).  It doesn't guarantee you'll make the best of friends (though luckily I have).  It doesn't automatically ensure good schools or lifelong happiness.  It's just different.  

Before we left, we worried about it.  

We'd been in London for over a decade.  Our three children (then aged 2, 2 and 8 months) were born in London.  Our friends were mostly in London.  Our careers were in London (a career I no longer have).  But Neil and I had grown up in the countryside.  Village life was something we had enjoyed as children and we wanted that for our kids.  So we went.  And we're happy.

This isn't meant to be an exhaustive, nor indeed serious, series on why anyone should move to the country.  And to be honest I could just as easily write one about why people shouldn't move to the country, but I have a blog to fill.  And so here we are.  

Reasons to move to the country: #1 Mud glorious mud

Much as I hate Peppa Pig, jumping up and down in muddy puddles is one of the ultimate joys of childhood.  Two things are required: Wellies, and not caring about mud getting everywhere.  Cleanliness is a virtue which can be put on hold, just for an hour or two.  The thing about the countryside is that mud is easily available.  A walk down a local lane becomes an adventure.  A very muddy adventure. 

And after that, the clean-up.

Stripping off at the back door.  Clothes in the wash.  Children in the shower.

Memories are made of this.

Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for

Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for

Wellies take a day or two to dry out!

Wellies take a day or two to dry out!

Yes I did get muddy too

Yes I did get muddy too

Woman in Progress: Erena Bordon Sanchez, founder The Natashas Project

Woman in Progress: Erena Bordon Sanchez, founder The Natashas Project

A Letter to Me

A Letter to Me