Life with The Grey

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

  • Veg Life

    It struck me (probably a considerable time after most people) that if you eat veg that is in season there are two great benefits: You are supporting local farmers (as long as they are locally sourced) You are reducing your carbon footprint And, when you look to see what is in season it’s certainly not a restrictive list. So here’s the October list: Aubergine, Apples, Beetroot, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chestnuts, Chicory, Chillies, Courgette, Cucumber, Elderberries, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Marrow, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Summer Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress,…

  • Amazing Power to Connect

    Recently I have met an amazing woman who is also a writer who happens to live very near me and a lovely lively happy family from Leicester. Both through a website I use: Trusted House Sitters. Victoria, the writer, came over one evening with her husband and we chatted about our writing and publishing experiences as well as our pets and lives in general in this part of Suffolk. It was delightful to meet them both. For the family we used Facetime so that we could catch a snapshot of each other’s lives on a Monday evening in the comfort of our own homes. Whilst we are from different cultures…

  • 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.)…