It’s the rumble of tractors thundering through the lanes at dusk, their single headlights boring through the twilight as a matter of some urgency to round off the tasks of the day.
It’s the bubble of laughter floating on the breeze from that group sitting down by the canal who know it’s coming up to last orders but just can’t bear to send themselves home just yet and finish the evening.
It’s the incessant chatter of unseen birds in branches high overhead as they bid each other goodnight and settle down for a gentle slumber amongst their carefully curated nests.
It’s a lone sheep, somewhere in the distance, bleating a solitary warning of impending crimes being plotted by sly foxes in the midst.
It’s the gentle slapping of water against the black bottoms of boats as they idle on the canal, undulating in time to the movements of their inhabitants.
It’s the neighbour’s dog, doing a last round of checks at the end of the day and barking his sign-off to the rest of the neighbourhood before finding a cool floor upon which to rest his head for the oncoming night.
It’s the clinking of glasses being collected in, chiming together on wobbly trays as they’re carried precariously across the garden for one final journey of the day.
It’s the crunching of gravel shifting like oversized, obnoxiously loud grains of sand, as tipsy feet make their way through the garden, into their carriages and off into the night.
It’s a dream, an absolute midsummer night’s dream.
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Slowly but surely you helped to breathe life back into the place. You filled it up with love and laughter. You have dragged it back from obscurity to place it back into the heart of the community.
Like so many others, we got into this trade because we love sharing these little boltholes with others and watching you enjoy them and make memories to cherish between these walls. We do it because we like a bit of banter whilst pouring a beer. We’ve always believed in doing the best we can with the circumstances we’ve got.
Time to whip up a quick homemade soup with whatever veggies you’ve got in your fridge.