I live up a Welsh valley where they used to mine coal. Now it is a green & leafy place, with most of the signs of the old mine workings gone. Though much of the old mining population still live in the valleys, I only moved into the area about ten years ago. I was taking advantage of cheap housing.
It’s not a bad place to live because it’s largely rural: woods, moorland, freshwater springs & streams, clean air to breathe, more or less. What a contrast to say fifty years ago, when the pits were still working.
What has been a surprise is coming across buddhas in peoples windows and gardens. I haven’t met any practising buddhists yet – to my knowledge – but perhaps they just don’t talk about it. ‘He who speaks, does not know…’ That sort of thing. Namo Amida Bu