Friday 9 August 2019

Missing the Quiet of Van Life

I'm missing the quiet of my Van life.   The calm and peace of the riverbank.

The simple food, cooked or not cooked just for one.

And sleeping with a gently snoring Pug in my bedroom ... although saying that sometimes she does get a tad louder and squeakier as she chases unknown menaces in her sleep.

The reason it's so much noisier on our Welsh hillside all of a sudden is the National Eisteddfod which is going on all week just a few miles up the road from us.  It has brought with it the need for much more frequent trains running on a now exposed line, with no trees to muffle the sound of their passing.  So much extra traffic is passing by the house on the road from very early in the morning until late at night, and alongside all this noise and movement is the constant thud, thud, thud as fence posts are being driven in in the fields that run alongside the railway as the modifications along the track continue.  And then later through the night, the large trucks bringing huge rocks to shore up the railway line embankments queue up along the road directly outside our house, their orange revolving lights lighting up the bedroom in the weirdest way,  waiting their turn to deliver their boulders.

 Even now as I sit in the office trying to get this to read right,  the sounds are merging to form an almost hypnotic and annoying medley of noise befuddling my brain and weirdly making me crave more caffeine than I know is good for me.

I think it's time to hit the road and head for some peace and quiet.

Sue xx


  1. I used to live on a main road. The council built a bypass to stop the huge never ending stream of lorries heading for report, entering the town which was great. But every time there was an accident on the bypass the traffic used the main road and it was horrible. I now live in a semi rural road leading to a stables. Peaceful and quiet with the occasional clip clop of hooves on the tarmac when the horses are taking their owners for a ride. Bliss.

  2. I've been thinking of getting a van and living in it, at least some of the time. I never learned to drive because I didn't want to be another car on the road, and also because I never really needed to, but now that electric (maybe even solar powered soon) vehicles are becoming viable, I'm re-thinking the idea. Would you recommend learning to drive and getting an (electric) van? Or is it more trouble than it's worth?

  3. Until I read this post I hadn't appreciated that your need for peace in the van was a need for peace from noise, or that your smallholding was right on such a busy road. I live on the edge of a town, in a very quiet cul-de-sac and with a large garden which backs onto a small wood - way less rural than your smallholding but strangely quieter. I do like to able to hear myself think!

  4. We too, used to live on a very busy main road in Dorset (not my choice, as my husband's ex-wife had chosen the property). I couldn't bear to be living next to so much traffic. It is so peaceful and quiet here and the only traffic jams involve cows!

  5. I hope you can get back to the peace and quiet of the van soon.

  6. Wishing you a peaceful weekend. x

  7. Nice and quiet here in Suffolk today, just very windy and about to get worse.
    Stay safe on your journey back to the van

  8. I have never lived on a main road and would never want to. I love working and socialising in the city but living in the relative quiet. When my husband moved into my house after living on a main road in the city he was always waking up in the night because it was too quiet. Years later he is well used to it and loves the peace and quiet.

  9. When we moved into our home 30 odd years ago, our city street was very quiet. Now trucks and cars roar by as they have discovered the fact that they can miss a few stop signs, traffic lights and crosswalks.

    God bless.


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