Two years ago yesterday…

Picture of the front door to our new house since moving to the country, covered in wisteria, and the windows on the two storeys above.

Wisteria over the front door to our new home

Wisteria over the front door to our new home

Yesterday marked two years since we moved, swapping Stoke Newington for Suffolk.

Then as now the sun was shining as we traipsed up and down the path with the removal men, unloading our lives into a new home.

My memory of moving is tied up with the scent of roses, due to the enormous cloud of white blooms round the kitchen door. (photo on this post here)

This year they’re not out quite yet, although there’s an impressive array of buds ready to burst into flower.


Picture of the kitchen door with a big rose bush climbing over the top, since moving to the country

Mass of rosebuds poised to burst into bloom

Some of the other roses are already flowering though, including the pink roses next to the back door.

Picture of the back door, with a rose bush covered in pink roses next to it, since moving to the country

Pink roses round the back door this afternoon

Sometimes it seems like we’ve hardly done anything since moving – I still have boxes left to unpack!

But we have done some stuff, like getting the outside of the house repainted, fixing slipped tiles, guttering, rotted window frames and broken bricks, fitting a woodburner and putting back three much-needed internal doors.

Picture of the newly-installed woodburner with flames, in the blue room fireplace, since moving to the country

Wood burner in action

My husband and I reflected on how, apart from all the changes with work and schools, we’re now a bit more settled into our new environment.

When I took the children to the park yesterday, a mother I knew came to sit on the same bench and recommended other great places to go in nearby Ipswich. During the swimming class I could talk to another mother about the Couch to 5K running pogramme (posts here, here and here), and arrange a time for our children to play.

Later on my husband went out running with the Hadleigh Hares. On Sunday, the children are looking forward to revisiting the annual Duck and Raft Race near Toppesfield Bridge, now that my son has joined Beavers.

Who knows what the next year will hold, but we’re still enjoying our new life in Hadleigh.

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  1. 7th June 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I'm glad you are still enjoying Suffolk, it's not a bad place to settle in that's for sure.

    • 8th June 2016 / 9:07 am

      Absolutely! Hope you're enjoying your new home in Ipswich too, and that Col's treatment goes well.

  2. 7th June 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Couch to 5K? What on earth is that? A dance move? A chess move? A certain stitch in needlework?
    Margaret P

    • 8th June 2016 / 9:09 am

      Margaret, your comment made me laugh, and then want to do some sewing again. Couch to 5K is a running programme for complete non-runners like me. I've gone back and edited the text to include links to a few posts I've written about it. But it really should be a chess move, I like the idea of a couch shaped piece.

  3. 9th June 2016 / 8:55 am

    Not done much!! It seems to me you've done loads and got on with a busy family life while it's all been going on, it's been a busy couple of years for sure.

    • 9th June 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Sue! It certainly has been busy one way or the other. But I'd still quite like to have some carpet in the bedroom, and new paint where we had to take the wallpaper down.

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