Friday, 17 April 2009

Village Life

There is something about periods of stress in my life that leave me craving a time when the world seemed a less complicated place. I watch old films in black and white and dream of English village life, where everyone knew their neighbours and it was safe to leave the door unbolted.

I yearn for the simplicities of childhood when the year consisted of returning to school in September as the trees were starting to change colour and the conkers were ripening; the excited anticipation of Christmas and Easter and school holidays ~ lots of them!

Some years ago, I discovered Miss Read and her tales of Fairacre and its inhabitants. It has been a long time since I delved into these stories, partly because the books were given away long ago at a time when I had to drastically cull my possessions in preparation for an international move. I am now rediscovering them and have been reading Village School, which is the perfect escape from modern-day living.

I am immersed once again in village school life, although I was never fortunate enough to experience it in real life. I can enjoy snuggling down in bed and dipping into village life and fall asleep with happy thoughts of what it would be like to live in such a place.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marie,
i have never read these books but both my sisters i know have enjoyed them. it's nice to be taken off to gentle places in stories isn't it?! i am sure you will enjoy re reading them!
Ginny x

Sal said...

I adore the Miss Read books!
I read them all years ago and then last year I bought a new set to read again! A fabulous escape!

Veronica said...

I don't know these stories at all but they sound good to me - I'll look out for them in the library or book shops. Sweet dreams, Marie and hugs to you, Vxx

Dyan said...

Marie, thank you so much for dropping by to say hello. Tracy is such a wonderful friend. It's been so busy here in Canada - settling in and adjusting to the weather but I feel that things are definately smoothing out. I'll be sure to stop by here and I do agree that escaping to old favourites really helps during times of stress. Have a wonderful week,

Rosie said...

Oh, Miss Read - how wonderful - just the thing to escape with for an hour or two:)

Tracy said...

Miss Read...those are happy books, Marie! Just the kind of sweet "escape reading" when things feel a bit too much, I couldn't agree more. I've read them all over the years, and always fun to rediscover them a-new from time to time. At the moment, I too, can relate to a yearning for quieter, simpler moments...ah, sounds good! Happy Days, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Heidi said...

I just love Miss Read books Marie! I have a good start to my collection. I agree that they are the perfect escape. You find yourself wishing you could move into a cottage in the village...

Hugs ~

carolyn said...

I've never read these books but I do fully understand the longing for those more gentle times.

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Marie,
Good to find you again - it's been a while but things have been complicated. Sorry to have lost touch. I can identify with this post - I have masses of Miss Read's books and I never tire of reading them. I wish life was still lived at that slower pace in a away and yet we wouldn't be blogging if things hadn't moved on.
Maybe the trick is to take time out for ourselves and slow right down.
Take care,
Sandi x