20 miles from Oxford Circus
Hello! I'm Rob and I'm new to the Learning English team. It's my first Blog too so I hope you like it!
Although I work at the BBC in London, I live outside the city in a village called Eynsford. It's a quiet, picturesque place, surrounded by fields and feels like a very different place from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, incredibly it's only 20 miles from Oxford Circus - that's right in the centre of London.
Eynsford is a typical English village with a cricket green, several pubs, a school, a church, a butcher's and a newsagent's. The shops are always under financial pressure and two have closed in the last few years. There is a great community with plenty of clubs and activities to get involved with. Because we are surrounded by countryside, it's a great place to walk and cycle.
The village is very old and was first written about in the year 864 but it's origins go back further when the Romans built a villa there. The remains of the villa were discovered in 1939 and you can visit them today. Eynsford also has a castle dating back to 1088 and is one of the most complete Norman castles in England. My daughter loves to run around the castle ruins and it's a great place to sit and have a picnic in the Summer.
Just outside the village we have another 'castle' called Lullingstone Castle. It's not a true castle but a manor house originally built in the 15th Century. It was substantially rebuilt in the 18th Century by Sir Percyvall Hart in honour of Queen Anne, who often stayed there. In 2004 the current heir to the estate created the World Garden of Plants in the grounds from a design made in 2000 while he was held captive by rebels in Colombia.
Running through Eynsford is the small River Darent which eventually flows into the River Thames. It's alive with fish, ducks and swans and in the Summer tourists pour into the village to sit by the river and paddle in it. It's possible to drive across the river too through a ford but sometimes the cars don't make it across and drivers need a helping hand to be pushed on to dry land!
The fields around the village are mainly used for growing crops but we do have a herd of Highland cattle which look out of place from their native Scotland. Lavender is grown in some of the fields and in July they turn a beautiful deep purple colour and the smell of lavender is in the air.
As you can see there is much to see and do in Eynsford which is why I love living there. But the great thing is you can jump on a train and very quickly you can be in London and in the office making learning english programmes!
You'll see from some of the photos, we had lots of snow this year which I think makes the place look even more picturesque. Of course village life isn't right for everyone, it may be too quiet or too boring for some but it's great for me! Does this sound like where you live? Would you prefer to live in the city or the country? Write and let me know.
Hope you enjoyed reading about Eynsford and liked my first blog.