Those of you that follow our Instagram (budgetbudgie), will regularly see photographs from the kent countryside. This is because I live here. Well, I live in Canterbury… but whats great about Kent is that you’re never that far from a row of apple trees or a muddy pathway through a farmer’s field. For me personally this is perfect as it’s a lovely way to escape the books and the desk and get a new perspective on things, alongside some fresh air and (sometimes) sunlight. So, to go with the Instagram photos I thought I would write a little bit about this countryside haven of mine.
The apple orchards are a key feature of the kent landscape and can be seen from the train as you travel through the county – a truly lovely sight. The trees are in rows with a grass strip between, making this a perfect venue for shuttle runs and sprint training. Well, in theory. In reality you will slip on a rotten apple, trip on a tree root and be stung by stinging nettles. However, as the view is so lovely you’ll keep doing this for two years despite knowing the risks. Or you can be more sensible like budgie Al here and just stroll through admiring the surroundings and marvelling at the size and weight of the fruit in his hands. (Don’t worry, he didn’t actually pick any!)
Kent isn’t called the garden of England just because of apples alone however! There’s plenty of other stuff being grown here too. From pears…
Which admittedly are quite similar to apples in some ways so maybe not that much of a surprise… through to sweet corn. These are towering plants with lovely sheaves growing proudly up and out and you can smell the seductive sweetness as you walk through on a sunny day.
Once you’ve walked through these avenues of food in my local area you get to the more open terrain of open fields. Here it’s all about the muddy tracks and the big skies to admire. Perfect for a stroll. Almost in fact enough to make me consider a dog as a worthwhile pet…
Almost… but not quite. The fields are ever changing with the crop growing, being cut down and then replanted again on an endless cycle. This crop ranges from brilliant yellow rape, to the earthy colours of corn through to the green leaves and pretty flowers of bean crops.
And, of course, with all this going on there’s plenty of bird song and buzzing bees to accompany you on your walks also. So something I regularly do is take the book I need to read and head on down into the fields and find a patch between the trees to read and take notes.
Ok. So. Admittedly this lovely colourful chap was a one off and was no doubt an escapee (who is hopefully now back home) but you truly never know what you’ll see on a country walk! And that’s where I shall stop, with that message.
Get out into the countryside! And, if you can, the garden of England in particular.