Life with The Grey

My life with my husband, Tony, (or The Grey, as I call him) in Suffolk.

  • One small step for mankind…

    I was thinking about books. They’re made of paper and Amazon usually deliver them in cardboard. Many readers are opting for e-books these days. Either option doesn’t involve plastic. But if you look around your home the amount of single use plastic is frightening. Supermarkets insist on wrapping everything in plastic even vegetables. You can buy three peppers in a plastic bag for about a pound or one loose pepper for about 60p. It just doesn’t make sense. The recent television documentary presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani really highlighted what a massive problem plastic is and the devastating effect it’s having on our planet. One of the most…

  • Restoration of body, mind and mantelpiece

    We are blessed with sunny weather here in Suffolk and with a sense of spring in the air I decided it was time to restore the rustic legless mantelpiece we acquired in the Cotswolds last October. When we stumbled across this objet trouvé it was day one of what turned out to be a very rainy trip when we stumbled across an antique shop in Chipping Norton (which The Grey referred to as sodding Norton as the wet week progressed) and spotted what looked like the top section of a Georgian style fire surround with what I read to be £25. Why wouldn’t you? I imagined lovingly restoring it in…

  • Settling in slowly

    The next couple of weeks were a strange mixture of cleaning the Wendy house, moving furniture around to try and make it fit (and failing), wishing we had broadband and venturing out into our new world and thinking wow! On the Saturday we went to The Swan at Lavenham for lunch and sat in their cosy bar area and had delicious battered cod and chips. After we had a saunter round the delightful independent shops and I made a few small purchases.  As we drove back through the beautiful autumnal countryside which was backlit with a pink sunset I decided we’d come to the right place. You really have a…

  • The Big Move

    Suddenly in Suffolk Day zero arrived and we were moving. On a scale of 1 = disorganised and 10 = very organised we were about minus 52. Suddenly there was still lots to pack – elusive stuff that you don’t really notice like coat stands with coats, stuff you use everyday etc.. Luckily the removal guys had had their ‘dealing with neurotic customers’ training and calmly packed the remaining bits with a smile. As each room was stripped bare leaving dusty floors and walls marked where paintings had hung it stopped feeling like home. It’s funny but you are so used to seeing everything in its place from day-to-day that…

  • The Great Pack of 2015

    The Grey marked up: SIS (Suddenly in Suffolk) 12 on the blackboard the day after we got back from holiday. As each new day dawns the current number is rubbed out and replaced with a new number minus one day. This way we’re in no doubt as to how little time we have to pack our whole life into boxes. Day zero is the day we move out of Risden. Sad to be leaving… A note on that. Our home at Risden Clockhouse is elegant and beautiful with spacious proportions making it a lovely place to live. The sole reason I have to leave is the excessive road noise which…

  • Stressed out

    To the brink and beyond..

    Arthur, aged 4, is enjoying St Ronan’s school (a stone’s throw from our Hawkhurst home in Kent) but is desperate to move in to a proper home where he can have all his toys. Hence his mother decided she would ask, even though we had expressly said we couldn’t, if we would sell and move out of our home at the beginning of October. This, dear reader, leaves us with two problems: 1.    We will be in Kusadasi at a Spa resort forgetting our cares (!) and enjoying a relaxing break at the same time as moving out of our home 2.    We will be homeless on our return. Now,…

  • What do you REALLY REALLY want?

    Have you decided you are going to lose weight and exercise more along with a few million others? Or perhaps you’re setting BIG goals for your business – after all it is a New Year so why not? There is something about the year changing that does make you think. It’s also that you have time to think over the festive break in between mince pies and playing out the ongoing family saga – either your own or Downton Abbey’s (much safer). Magazines like Woman and Home have lots of articles to inspire you and help you work out what you REALLY REALLY want. (Not to be a Spice girl.)…

  • Blue Jasmine – film review

    This weekend The Grey and I watched Blue Jasmine, the film written and directed by Woody Allen, for the second time and loved it even more. Cate Blanchett plays a New York socialite who falls from grace and turns to her adopted sister, Ginger, (played by Sally Hawkins who I’m a big fan of) who lives in a shabby San Francisco apartment and is a single mum with two young boys. Jasmine, as the Cate Blanchett figure decides to call herself, is deeply troubled and in denial about what has actually happened to her and is a dreadful judge of character alluding to men with social status rather than those…

  • Film review: Pride without a fall

    The Grey and I opted for the film Pride last weekend. Reviews were not raving but with a sterling cast and based on a true but very unlikely story, we thought it worth a punt. That and the fact that I managed to get us the best seats in the house – F1 and F2 – don’t tell anyone. When we got there the local car park was surprisingly empty and I began to wonder if we were in for a howler but the cafe of the Kino was pretty buzzy and it was the last film on Sunday starting after 8.30pm so we braced ourselves. It turned out to…