About Rachel


I’m Rachel.  I’m in my twenties and I’m married to Josh. We live in Aberystwyth in Wales, while we dream of one day having our own little slice of the country… 
I grew up in a small Dartmoor village and I’m a proud 100% born and bred Devonian. When I was 13 my parents moved to the East Devon Coast where I spent the rest of my teenage years.
Josh and I met pretty much as soon as I moved house at 13 but we didn’t really notice each other for another 4 years. We got together when I was 17 and got married in August 2007, when I was 20.


I moved to Aberystwyth in Wales to go to university when I was 18 to study Countryside Management. However, having left university I now have a completely unrelated admin job in a local church in Aberystwyth.


The most important decision I have ever made was to become a Christian at the age of 14. Everything I do is focused on God and how I can glorify Him more.

This blog is way of keeping in touch with old friends and making new ones, so please do comment if you’re stopping by for the first time.

Dreaming of the Country doesn’t really fit into a blog mould. It has a bit of everything. We love wildlife, walking and exploring, photography, good food and laughter and so that will be mixed in with our attempts at simple living too, along with all those other random extras life tends to throw in along the way.



15 Responses to “About Rachel”

  1. karriness July 16, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    I just found your blog, whilst looking for inspiration on my “no new buys” challenge.
    I think I’ll be comign back to visit it a lot!

  2. Hyojin July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi, Rachel.
    I’m hyojin, korean female.
    I’m looking for some articles, pictures about Aberystwyth because I’m going to there in august this year for language course in aberystwyth university. What’s on, what things I can have fun, your one of picuture tells me aberytwyth is great place. I hope to feel much enough aberystwyth and wales. Thank you for your post, 🙂 bye

  3. Mark Antony November 3, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Hello from another blogger near Aberystwyth 🙂

  4. Lori February 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi Rachel! You recently commented on a post of mine on my blog I Can Grow People. Thanks for stopping by–it’s always nice to have visitors (especially ones from outside the U.S.!) Hope you are having a great day!


  5. nettys February 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Beautiful blog. I am Annette – have worked in the National Library in Aber for 3 years. I wish you all the best – and will come back to your blog.
    Hwyl, Annette.

  6. Frugal Trenches March 24, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, was pleased to have found your blog! Are you happy for me to add you to my blogroll?

  7. psa37 March 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi FT, thanks for commenting back! I am very happy for you to add me to your blogroll, link away!

  8. Jane April 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi. Lovely blog. Really love the way you write, it sounds just like you are talking straight to me! Hope the owners of your dream house sell it to you for 20p – I had a dream house…. I didn’t manage to buy it but I do now live in a dream house that is lost in time and full of wildlife. Some things just take a little while… Jane

  9. Ant April 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi Rachel and Josh,

    A random search for the perfect flapjack recipe spewed up your blog onto my screen! Having taken your recipe, completely changed it (maybe ruined it, but we’ll see when Chloe gets home and we try it) and finished the cleaning up, I returned to read more.

    I love it! Particularly your conversation with the hairdresser! I have been without the TV for 4 years now – Chloe has got used to it, and we love going for random walks in the evening or inventing/changing card games. A client of mine could NOT believe that we lived without a TV. Her question, “..but how do you get to sleep at night?” actually had me lost for words!!!

    All the best – you’re cool to me!

  10. psa37 April 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Jane, thanks for your lovely comment. I’m sure we’ll find our perfect home one day!

    Ant – thanks for reading and commenting! Random walks are the BEST! I honestly don’t think we’ll ever go back to having a TV. We watch films on the laptop and don’t miss TV at all!

  11. cadwcalon April 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Really enjoy your blog!

  12. Abi June 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi Rachel,
    A g-mail search for creamy veg pasta/soup brought your blog. I must say you come across as a very warm person with a passion for life & living. Really enjoyed reading it. Fortunately, I intend to be in Aberyswyth in August so I look forward to meeting the Nightlife crew. Can you recommend any B&B or chalets very close to the Uni that can accommodate up to 5 adults & 9 children, please? It could be 2 units but in the same place?

  13. Amanda August 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Holy Cow!!! I just found your blog via a comment you left on another blog. When I saw that you were from Aberystwyth, Wales, I freaked out!! I’m from the States, born and bred, but I’ve visted Wales twice now with my college choir and LOVE IT. I’ve spent a day in Aberystwyth, and I LOVED it so much! (That’s where my favorite wool sweater and jacket come from.) My mother even has a teddy bear named Aberystwyth, so she would always remember where it came from. Hearing that name made me all smiles. If I could afford it, I’d take my husband to visit so he could experience it too. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been now, but it still holds a place in my heart! (Sorry if this comment freaked you out…i’m not a stalker…just excited) 🙂

  14. Emily Rodriguez-Vargas September 26, 2009 at 3:58 am #


    I just found your blog, and am definitely adding you to my blogroll! Blessings,


  15. Mindee@ourfrontdoor March 31, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    What a pretty blog you have! And I’ve never met anyone from Wales so I was excited to see that in your bio.

    Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a comment!

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