This is a diary of sorts: I will be recounting some of the things I see and do; I will describe the weather, the seasons, the pleasures and difficulties of living in rural North Suffolk.
I live with my husband and youngest daughter (my eldest daughter visits quite regularly) in a small hamlet in the Waveney Valley, the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, in a detached house nearly thirty years old with a large garden. The nearest towns are about twenty minutes drive away – we also live quite close to the sea. There is very little public transport.
Our social life is centred in the local church. My husband retired in September 2015 and has been slowly getting used to his new lifestyle after 43 years at work. My mother lives fifteen minutes drive away and I see her very regularly but my husband’s family live in Manchester. We all visit them once or twice a year but my husband sees them more often. My brother now lives in Suffolk as do his two children but my sister lives further away in Kent with her youngest son.
I am interested in the wildlife (animals, birds, plants) that I see in the place I live and I belong to a number of conservation organisations. I enjoy reading and listening to music. I used to play the piano, draw and sew a lot but lack of time through running a house and bringing up two daughters has meant that I hardly ever do these things any more. I also have rheumatoid arthritis which makes a number of activities difficult at times.
I dislike cooking but nevertheless have to do it every day and do my best to produce interesting and nutritious food. I also find shopping tedious and would get out of it if I could!
The area I live in is quite bleak during the winter but very beautiful. This part of England is dryer than most other areas and the summer months are usually quite lovely. Some of our visitors find it too quiet and isolated. I am fortunate in not needing much company and never feeling lonely.
I would not live anywhere else.