Seven years ago, when we moved in, our garden looked very different. It was surrounded by huge and out of control conifers and it took us two years just to clear. We literally had to ’empty’ the garden, level it and then add the borders back in. There have been a few plants that remained, but the majority are pretty much only four to five years old. I would say that the structural plants are now finally…April 30, 2021
Serves 2-4 This is a dish that for years I kept meaning to try as a great friend of mine always talked about how delicious it was and she was so right! So when I cooked it for the first time I was absolutely not disappointed. Originally from North Africa, Shakshuka literally means “all mixed up” and is a combination of deliciously simple yet bold flavours and spices. Traditionally eaten…April 28, 2021
Their English Country Cottages It’s true what they say, old houses really do wrap their arms around you and seem to ooze appreciation for anyone that shows them love and respect Lizzie and her partner Steve had been renting for years when their last rental led them to a very pretty village on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders. Every day Lizzie would pass a beautiful old cottage and whisper to herself “one…April 25, 2021
Did you know that April is one the busiest times in the garden? Why does ‘don’t panic Captain Mainwaring’ spring to mind? I must admit, this week has been one of those weeks where I’ve got to Friday and my ‘to do’ list is still on Monday! My garden is also reflecting this. However, there was a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of Wednesday afternoon, but knowing I only had…April 23, 2021
When we first moved to Fruit Hill from London we inherited the most amazing amount of rhubarb plants. In fact there were two huge vegetable beds, and one bed with berries galore. It was quite something after living in London, and over the years since then we have condensed the beds into a manageable size. We had so much the first few years that the children stood in the driveway…April 22, 2021
Hi, welcome to My English Country Cottage, a blog inspired by my successful Instagram page.
I have been writing about our family life in our 400 year old thatched cottage in the middle of nowhere (delivery drivers words) for just over a year and am now braving the world of 'blog'.
I have spent the past seven years making our house a home and have put my experiences into writing about cosy country interiors filled with florals, old books, roaring fires, oak beams and squashy sofas.
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