Since late April 2015 we have stared on a new adventure. We moved from our modern house in Hertfordshire and gave up our allotments. Our new home is in the middle of the Suffolk countryside, in what is known as high Suffolk, there are clay hills and wonderful views. Our house was originally built in 1520 and has been modified over the years, mostly in the late 1500s and early 1600s with more in the 1950s.
We are lucky enough to have nearly 4 acres of land and our neighbours are over half a mile away. The house and garden needed a lot of TLC. When we moved in the grass was knee high, the trees growing through the electricity and phone wires, the hedges out of control and the paddock fence had rotted into the ground. No boundaries were fenced and the bottom gate was missing. The house also needed a lot of repair.
We had trouble fining help but eventually though recommendation found a wonderful landscape gardener and also some excellent builders.
The trees and grass have been tamed and the house water tight and dry. I have fenced most of the land so our Border Terrier has stopped escaping (we are very grateful to the nice ladies who picked him up when they found him by the road and brought home back to us safe and sound.)
The vegetable patch is now resurrected, with five beds, and surrounded by a rabbit and deer proof fence. The paddock is now fenced in and has electric fencing separating the two halves. Three Jacob ewes are now keeping down the grass. The bottom of the land is now accessed via a new gate.