The one thing that really rings the changes for me between the town and the countryside is the wildlife that seems so abundant in the places that mankind leaves alone.
The 300 year old barn that has been our ongoing renovation project for the past four years is a veritable sanctuary.
Sitting quietly in the half light in the barn, you notice that you are no longer alone. You can hear the soft flapping of wings taking flight in the eaves above your head, then the bats move out from the shadows and you can see them against the squares of light that are fading fast from the windows.
Just a quick glimpse, tantalisingly close then disappearing as fast as it came.
This is the moment that I write a quick mental addition to my Christmas list for night vision goggles....so Santa, if you're reading this.....