What do we do all day?

One of my best friends recently asked this question whilst we were on a video chat. We were discussing what we’d been up to recently and he just came out with ‘so what do you DO all day?‘ with some serious emphasis on the ‘DO‘. It made us both laugh but got us thinking …..

Is this something that a lot of people think? Does everyone wonder what on earth we do with our time?

Well we are still enjoying life in our lovely cool Airbnb apartment in the beautiful village of Middleton Cheney and well settled into the rural Northamptonshire life. Been here nearly 8 weeks with a couple more to go but what exactly is it that we do? We don’t work and have hardly any possessions so what the heck is going on?


Daily Treks

As so many of you will know by now we love walking and hiking, or tramping or whatever you might call it. We get out every single day for at least a 4 mile walk and dependant on the weather it’s either boots and fields, or trainers and village. We prefer boots but it has been fairly wet lately.

“See some odd sights on rural village walks”

Lifestyle Planning

Sounds impressive and depressing in equal measures doesn’t it? Like some sort of new age commune where we sit around discussing work-life-balance and where we see ourselves in five years time!

Not exactly, in fact not at all. We do a lot of research on places to go, a lot of monitoring our finances, a lot of journey planning. Try to make the most of every day and every pound.

“Those receipts won’t check themselves!”

Family and Friends

Most importantly we work very hard at keeping in touch with everyone that we care about and put aside time every single day to email, text, WhatsApp, and message as many people as possible. With our nomadic lifestyle it would have been so easy to lose contact with everyone that we knew so we have worked very hard since that first day on the road to stay in touch. Unbelievably important to both of us.


Games and Messing About

So much messing about! In the nicest possible way of course but regular Bananagrams, Sequence, Wordle, Nerdle, and others keep us amused. Always a couple of books on the go and Jo sews and knits pretty much every day.

And we do watch TV, of course we do. But we try to limit it to evenings only as we think daytime viewing is a slippery slope to vegetating and doing a lot of nothing. So post-dinner watching is our thing and although we love films we do have a few TV series on the go currently that we occasionally dip in to ;

  • Sneaky Pete on Netflix
  • Peaky Blinders on BBC
  • Upload on Amazon Prime
  • Mad Men on Amazon Prime

Oh and we still do the occasional bit of housesitting if we can. Looked after our friends little terrier Bear last week for a few days in Melksham.


Exploring

It goes without saying that we love to get out and about and explore as many places as we possibly can. We didn’t really appreciate just how many wonderful towns and villages were within easy visiting distance. Over the past few weeks we’ve had days out in …

“Banbury in Oxfordshire”
“Brackley in Northamptonshire”
“Buckingham in Buckinghamshire”
“Towcester in Northamptonshire”
“Cirencester in Gloucestershire”

All within a short drive and all jam-packed with history and oodles of character. Well worth a visit and we hope to be back to every single place very soon.

So our days are pretty busy as you can see but you’ll have to excuse me now as I need to put my boots on. There’s a muddy field calling our name ……

01/03 – 18/03/2022


24 comments

  1. Seems to me you fill your days quite nicely and enjoyably. Lovely pictures! You really have been to some lovely towns and villages on your travels.

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  2. Everyone will tell you that they’re really busy all of the time but given the choice I know what sort of busy I’d prefer and that would be what you’ve got mate. Busy by choice doing exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it. One day!

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  3. Your days sound very full and contented! And I’m with you on daytime TV. I get the ‘ What do you do’ now and again as a housewife. I’m not sure what people imagine I do 🤷‍♀️

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  4. Sounds like you are keeping very busy and as you say there’s always somewhere to explore. Trying to eke out Peaky Blinders, one of my favourite programmes and have just sadly finished the last series of The Last Kingdom such a brilliant series

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  5. I think your lifestyle sounds absolutely perfect. There’s way too much emphasis on “doing” instead of just being and enjoying where you are. Which clearly is what you both do well. Keep on enjoying, walking and making the most out of life. Love all your pics too! 😊

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  6. Because I only work three days a week (by choice!), I’m often asked the same question. It seems like work-minded people can’t comprehend a life that isn’t filled by work, but I’ve always been very much a work to live rather than a live to work person, and certainly wouldn’t do it at all if I didn’t have to! I have absolutely no trouble filling up my days with things I enjoy far more than working, and it sounds like you’re the same.

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