Welcome to a three part series titeld: Changes. Like many other young people around the country, I have recently finished my degree. Although most people have already graduated, I don't have my ceremony until December. I will, however be graduating in December with Distinction in a Masters in Music and Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music. For as long as I can remember, my whole life has revolved around music in one way or another. However, my hobby for gardening and photography has only just begun, almost as an antidote to a full-time schedule of music and composition. Now that I've finished my degree, I've moved out of Manchester and back home to the Cotswolds for the summer. Anyone who has ever had to move house will understand the huge amount of stress and exhaustion that it causes, and will sympathise with my lack of blogging as of late!
Most Brits seem to have some kind of opinion about country living one way or another, and there are so many misconceptions about life outside the city. Yes, there are lots of farmers... and dogs... and cows. There is also an incredible choice of high quality restaurants and pubs (local ales being the specialty). Moreover, there are things to do in the country that simply aren't available in the big cities. At certain times of the year, the local village run a village cinema, where you pay £5 only for your ticket and a glass of wine. The sense of community here struck me at first as very strange (being a Londoner: suspicious of everyone) - but out in the sticks - people are genuinely happy to talk to you and invite you over for a drink, food or even just a bit of gossip. Fortunately for me, this means getting to photograph other local gardens, which are often absolutely stunning.
Manchester is a vibrant city full of colourful people, and I will miss it greatly. Although many young people my age would wince at the thought of living in what they might consider to be the middle of nowhere, the vast amount of wildlife and plants on offer are an undeniable luxury. To be honest, most people my age would wince at the thought of writing about gardening, so I'm probably not the typical twenty-three year old anyway!
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!