18 things you know if you grew up in the countryside

18 things you know if you grew up in the countryside
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Skinned knees and ripped hems were a daily occurrence.

You still can’t walk past a tree without judging how easy it would be to climb.

You always knew where to find a dockleaf.

You know how to suck the honey from honeysuckle, make a whistle from a blade of grass and blow an egg.

There’s nothing better than farm-fresh milk – especially the cream at the top

Your front door was always unlocked, and you never had to chain up your bicycle

You collected something – either feathers, eggshells, pressed flowers or jars of frogspawn!

 

Your walk to school took forever, but you didn’t mind – unless the weather was foul.

You loved the taste of a sun-warmed blackberry.

You knew absolutely everyone who lived in the area – including the local bobby, who you tried to steer clear of...

You knew not to get too attached to animals – from pigs to rabbits, they were all to feed a growing family. Luckily you had your dog to love instead!

 

You can still name practically every plant, tree and bird from just a glance.

You know how to suck the honey from honeysuckle, make a whistle from a blade of grass and blow an egg.

If you were lucky, you got to bottle feed a lamb.

You remember ‘higglers’ who collected home produce to sell at markets, and ‘lengthsmen’ who kept sections of lanes in good order.

Your first aid kit is still minimal – there’s not much you can’t cure with natural remedies.

You used to tell the time by where the sun was.

You knew the best spots for building a den or for hanging a rope swing.