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Life is very real here, tractor trailers piled high with crops are a regular sight, the possibility of being snowed in is quite a serious one so thinking ahead and being prepared is important. Narrow country lanes take on their own character and we have fondly named two of them the upper and lower mud and flood.

We travel from village to village for our food supporting local businesses but the reality is that supermarkets still have their place; many in this area stock local meat, veg, fish and cakes. Village hopping obviously has its cost especially where petrol is concerned so we have a Smart Car which does the job really well and occasionally causes a bit of a gathering in the car park.

sense of urgency and for a change it’s not how many cars can make it through the traffic lights, it’s the preparation of the land and the imminent growing season.

Our garden is quite small, not the two acres we had hoped for but the luxury of a flat plot and the challenge of turning it into a working garden is part of our new life that the whole family has enjoyed and benefitted from. We have everything we need, a flower garden, greenhouse, shed, lots of water butts, crunchy gravel with aubretia dotted in between (something I have always dreamt of having) and raised vegetable beds.

One of the most picturesque images at the moment, spied through the neatly cropped hedgerows, are the fields full of sheep gobbling up the leftover crops. Suddenly there is a

We sourced some natural green oak from a local village for the beds and it’s just perfect. There is one row of celeriac left and apart from that

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