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Country life

I enjoyed living and working in London enormously. I had a rich and interesting client base from famous actors and musicians to a myriad of other professions in between. Their properties were as individual and appealing as were the fascinating characters I was employed to look after. Life outside of work was fun too, with a busy social life and the escape of London's green spaces, which allowed everything from mountain biking around Richmond Park with the Red deer from Balmoral to casting a fly to trout rising at Syon House. We went to art galleries and the opera but since having children and moving out of London, we make far more use of the wonderful museums and the long list of things there is always to do in London, than we ever did when we lived there. However, quite the reverse is true of life in the countryside. From daily walks amongst morning mists with my dogs, to my children cycling across a field to their amazing village school, the seasons and the interaction of nature is a daily occurrence. Social events have a recurring connection with the countryside and whatever your day involves, you cannot avoid being touched by the beauty of the surroundings. The white noise of planes, trains and traffic in a city is replaced with the chatter of rooks and pheasants calling out. But perhaps the greatest appeal of life in the country is the ever changing view. Fields are either freshly ploughed or coloured with whichever crop has been sown that season, to the wonderful stubble that adorns our outlook at this time of year. Woodland is either bare and hung with hoar frost, or green with summers canopy, which turns to the burning shades of autumn. London is undoubtedly one of the worlds greatest cities but without a country escape, it can become possible to have too much of a good thing. A weekend cottage is an antidote to the frenetic pace of life in the capital for many. But the Sunday night drive back (or even the early Monday morning dash) is something that can take the shine off an otherwise lovely day in the country. For me, it was that drive, as I looked at the river and thought of the long week ahead before I could return, that swung it. But unlike living in the capital, when having everything so close to hand sometimes made it less appealing to take part - life in the country is very much a participation sport and I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather be. Country agency is equally enthralling. The complexities of such a range of periods and land make each day different. Clients are charming and the history behind important sales makes selling cherished homes to the next happy owner, one of the greatest jobs in the world. Salisbury is very much a rural city, with everything you could ask for but with a character and soul very much of its own. The five river valleys which make up the surrounding topography of this level city, with its medieval town planning so far ahead of its time, have created somewhere people have long loved to live in and around. Country life is possible in a town or city but Salisbury's heart is with its surrounding countryside, which is never more apparent than at market day, today. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

I enjoyed living and working in London enormously. I had a rich and interesting client base from famous actors and musicians to a myriad of other professions in between. Their properties were as individual and appealing as were the fascinating characters I was employed to look after. Life outside of work was fun too, with a busy social life and the escape of London's green spaces, which allowed everything from mountain biking around Richmond Park with the Red deer from Balmoral to casting a fly to trout rising at Syon House. We went to art galleries and the opera but since having children and moving out of London, we make far more use of the wonderful museums and the long list of things there is always to do in London, than we ever did when we lived there. Labradors in a landrover However, quite the reverse is true of life in the countryside. From daily walks amongst morning mists with my dogs, to my children cycling across a field to their amazing village school, the seasons and the interaction of nature is a daily occurrence. Social events have a recurring connection with the countryside and whatever your day involves, you cannot avoid being touched by the beauty of the surroundings. The white noise of planes, trains and traffic in a city is replaced with the chatter of rooks and pheasants calling out. But perhaps the greatest appeal of life in the country is the ever changing view. Fields are either freshly ploughed or coloured with whichever crop has been sown that season, to the wonderful stubble that adorns our outlook at this time of year. Woodland is either bare and hung with hoar frost, or green with summers canopy, which turns to the burning shades of autumn. London is undoubtedly one of the worlds greatest cities but without a country escape, it can become possible to have too much of a good thing. A weekend cottage is an antidote to the frenetic pace of life in the capital for many. But the Sunday night drive back (or even the early Monday morning dash) is something that can take the shine off an otherwise lovely day in the country. For me, it was that drive, as I looked at the river and thought of the long week ahead before I could return, that swung it. But unlike living in the capital, when having everything so close to hand sometimes made it less appealing to take part - life in the country is very much a participation sport and I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather be.

Country agency is equally enthralling. The complexities of such a range of periods and land make each day different. Clients are charming and the history behind important sales makes selling cherished homes to the next happy owner, one of the greatest jobs in the world. Salisbury is very much a rural city, with everything you could ask for but with a character and soul very much of its own. The five river valleys which make up the surrounding topography of this level city, with its medieval town planning so far ahead of its time, have created somewhere people have long loved to live in and around. Country life is possible in a town or city but Salisbury's heart is with its surrounding countryside, which is never more apparent than at market day, today. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

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