1.20.2007

The Hill Life



When John and I were first looking at homes on the Hill we went exploring late at night. All the shops and restaurants were closed on the High Street and there wasn't another person in sight. That was a chilly November night in 2005 and the wind was quite blustery. As we walked along the street all we could hear were the sounds of the business signs swinging as they hung from their metal rods off the storefronts. They were blowing in the wind and you could hear the squeaking as the metals rubbed against eachother. It all reminded me of a movie scene from long ago. There is a village atmosphere that makes you feel like you are home whether you have visited once or have lived your life in this area. It embodies the word quaint. We could easily imagine our life here...

The High Street runs through Harrow School property. This all boys' school has been on this Hill for over 400 years. I took this photo of our post office earlier. It is also a corner market where you can find your magazines, groceries and some other necessities. It is the hub of activity in the center of our neighborhood. There is also a couple of restaurants, an inn, an antique store, a real estate business, church, a salon and a florist. All within a few seconds walk from eachother. There is something very heartfelt and warm about waving to the people in the shops as you stroll along the street. After a year here they know us and our kids and look for us each day. What else do we need?

I have liked this sign since that late night in 2005 and today I was mesmerized by the sky behind it.

7 comments:

bluemountainmama said...

if i lived in the city, that's the type of neighborhood i would want to live in. our town is similar, just on a much smaller scale....old brick buildings dating back to civil war times, quaint shops and restaurants... and everyone knows you. you'll have to take me on the grand tour if i ever save up enough to visit my sis!

Anna said...

bluemountainmama...DEAL!

Sarch said...

Is there realy a neighborhood out there in this big 'ol tech-heavy hellbent for leather world that has shop signs swinging in the wind? How neat!

Anna you make me feel like I am experiencing the country you now call home.

Anna said...

Yes Sarch, this place really does exist! It is just like a storybook. If you think you are coming to know about where I live that I am doing exactly what I intended. I am hoping to bring my visitors along for my journey here...

Thanks for visiting so often!

kenju said...

I'm glad you have a florist....LOL

Babystepper said...

Ok, now I'm jealous. Well, in some ways. I really do treasure living here in OK with my and my DH's family, but I would LOVE to visit the UK. I've been a confirmed anglophile for 20+ years. I'll definitely be reading your post, because I've always wondered what it would be like for our very American family to live in a place like London.

Natalee Whitesell said...

Thank you, Anna. You're helping keep my love for EIRE alive.

Thanks, also, for visiting my sight...