As you know we moved here in the Summer in a fit of whirlwind craziness. In less than three weeks we had packed up our place in London and moved to this rented cottage. We love our new home though the lack of storage and small galley kitchen drives me a little insane at times, but it is just perfect while we look for our forever house. I love the fact I can walk to the station that takes me straight back into London, a few minutes walk away is a Tesco Metro open until 11pm and the best place of all is Shelford Deli that would rival any of its London competitors. The fact that we're almost on first name terms there is an indication of how many of their Monmouth coffee flat whites I've had since we arrived.
I'm loving the slower pace of life, the neighbourly chats, the quiet, and the going to the fantastic village butchers, Barker Brothers, on a Saturday morning to pick up our treats for the weekend. Stopping off on the way home at the baker's Days of Ashwell for a naughty Chelsea bun and a loaf of freshly baked bread.
The weather has been in our favour too so we've been able to make the most of our pretty cottage garden with all it's little nooks and hiding places. I've even planted some beetroot and pak choi (though I suspect the slugs will get to these before we do!), we've been picking our raspberries on a daily basis and even the grapes were perfectly edible. The jerusalem artichokes are nearly ready to be dug up so no doubt we'll be roasting and turning those into warming soups over the Winter.
I have no regrets in leaving London, I do miss our friends and I suspect Matilda especially misses her best friends but we are beginning to make new ones. It's still early days for us but so far this is one happy little family that has escaped the rat race for a better more fulfilling life...