Five years since moving to the country

Picture of the front of our house with wisteria and smoke bush, after we moved to the country five years ago

Just keeps growing

Last week marked five years we moving to the country, when we swapped London for Suffolk, and Stoke Newington for the market town of Hadleigh.

How do I know? Because we had to renew our household insurance. Woo hoo, way to celebrate.

Five years on, and I still get regular reminders that make me appreciate the move. I’m grateful every time I look at the lime tree outside the sitting room window, rather than staring straight into terraced houses.


Picture of the trees and garden wall seen over our sofa

View out over the sofa in the sitting room

We potter on with the occasional changes – a new-to-us rug in the sitting room, fitting Radbots in the hope of cutting the heating bills.

Picture of pink rug and pink chair in our sitting room

New to us rug

Outside the house, we’ve been settling in to the seasons and revisiting familiar events on the local calendar. As ever, the roses are out in force at this time of year, with a burst of scent every time we go in and out of the house. This morning I actually counted how many different roses are in flower – 28 varieties!


Picture of pink roses in full flower by next to the back door

Roses by the back door

I went to the school concert last week, to hear my daughter sing in the choir for the last time before she starts at secondary school in September. Looking at the children on stage, and the parents in the audience, made me realise how many faces are now familiar.

At the weekend, a couple of favourite events came round again – the Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh, in support of St Mary’s Church, and the Duck and Raft Races for Hadleigh Sea Scouts.

Picture of door and window seen through flowers in a Hadleigh garden

Hidden garden through a wildflower bed


I do love exploring different gardens each year, and returning to see how others have changed. This time, we added a tour of the Deanery Tower. Fascinating to visit the study on the first floor, though I wasn’t over keen on stumbling over the lead roof at the top!

Picture of two rafts at the start line of the Hadleigh Duck and Raft Races

Rivalry in the raft races

Sunday morning saw us back by Toppesfield Bridge for the annual Duck & Raft Races. Boy was I glad to stay warm and dry on the bank, while rival teams battled it out on the river. The kids were able to run off to find friends, whether for a picnic or to get utterly soaked in a war of water pistols.

At home, viewing so many beautifully maintained gardens elsewhere did make me rather aware of our own chaos. I finally  (finally!) tackled the yew hedge by the back door and developed a deep hatred of the hefty hedge trimmer.


Picture of the yew hedge by our back door after I cut it

One hedge, trimmed.

If you’re like to see a ‘before’ picture, head over to my Instagram at MuchMore_Less and swipe for a picture of the original explosive growth. One down, only two more to go…hopefully before we celebrate our sixth anniversary!

Previous posts: 

A year since we moved to Suffolk

Two years ago yesterday

Repairing the house for the winter

Visit from the chimney sweep

Warmth from the woodburner

Three years since moving house

10 things to think about before moving to the country

Four years since moving to the country

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  1. 13th June 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Gosh, that time has flown by so quickly. Have we really been blogging buddies for THAT long? Congratulations on the anniversary of your move. You have made a lovely home for yourselves there.

    And well done on signing up for the Ration Challenge, share your page details and I’ll nip on over and sponsor you 🙂

    • Faith
      13th June 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Oh Sue that’s so kind. I’d seen your posts and been mulling over the Ration Challenge, and just went for it today:

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