A year since we moved to Suffolk

Picture of me in an apron, carrying a box down the front path on moving day when we moved to the country

Moving day this time last year

Today is a year to the day since we moved out of London into our new house in Hadleigh, a market town in Suffolk.
We moved in on a gloriously sunny day, with the garden overgrown with a profusion of roses.

Picture of roses covering the kitchen door, on moving day when we moved to the country

Roses by the kitchen door last June

It’s been a year of change: new schools, new jobs, new pace of life. We’ve acquired our first lawnmower, and grappled with the elderly pre-war Aga, which is rather set in its ways.

Picture of my husband unpacking boxes in the kitchen and holding a glass, after moving day when we moved to the country

My husband’s delight at finding essential glasses

But we’ve had such a lovely year adapting to the new place, seeing more of the grandparents, picking up with old friends and starting to get to know new people.

We do miss our friends from London and Stoke Newington, but try to persuade them to come and visit us here!

Today it was sunny all over again, and I got the chance to potter round visiting the beautiful “Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh” in aid of the local church, St Mary’s, before coming back to enjoy our own (distinctly less tidy) garden with the whole family.

Here’s to many more years in Suffolk. Hopefully at some stage I may even finish unpacking all the boxes…

My son sitting in a packing box with lots of paper by a window in the dining room, after moving day when we moved to the country

Unpacking my son

My daughter lying on a shelf with a blanket and cushion, on moving day when we moved to the country

My daughter unpacks herself

Other posts you might like:

Two years ago yesterday

Repairing the house for the winter

Visit from the chimney sweep

Warmth from the woodburner

Three years since moving house

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  1. 7th June 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Once you've been here 60 years – like me – you'll be able to say you're local!!

  2. 7th June 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Yes, reckon with all the multi-generational families living in Hadleigh I'll always be a newcomer!

  3. 8th June 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Love the pictures of the children 🙂

    It looks like a very stress free and happy house move, bet it wasn't like that all the time though 😉

    • 8th June 2015 / 9:37 pm

      You're right, it was actually a very happy house move. It felt like a long time in the planning, but on the day itself we were so delighted to be in our new home, and the team from the local removal company (Schofield) were absolute stars. Still have boxes around the place that need unpacking, but we've just got on with living here!

  4. Charlotte
    6th May 2020 / 12:01 pm

    Hello there.
    I hope you are still enjoying your new venture in Suffolk with your family! We are looking to come out that way and currently live in Hertfordshire on the Cambridge boarder but are hoping to relocate with our four children :).
    I’d love for you to get in touch with me to maybe point out the do’s and dont’s and where are the best places to set up home.
    I love to see how other people find there new life’s in the country and new ventures!
    Hopefully you will get in contact.

    Many thanks ,


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