Join me on my journey from self-confessed townie to country bumpkin!
When our dearest friends, Tom and Barbara (of course!) left our leafy London suburbia to expand their one dog to two dogs, a donkey and several acres of vegetable garden, we thought it was time for us to make the move from town to country too. You can read about how it all started here.
So this blog is the result of the musings of a rather batty townie attempting the good life. Trying desperately not to show myself up in front of the rural Joneses, my capers chart my transformation to country bumpkin with my absurdly patient husband Jerry, the tears, tantrums and tiaras of our two girls (Primrose aged 8 and Poppy aged 4) as well as two cats and a rather bonkers working cocker spaniel puppy named Monty. Somehow it’s always about weathering the chaos and reaching gin o’clock with at least some sanity intact!
Working as a freelance writer since our move in 2013, I began writing about embracing country living and these days can be found mostly knee deep in mud that surrounds our little cottage when I am not tip tapping away at the kitchen table.
I regularly write all sorts for Hampshire Life magazine (you can also find my monthly column, Margot Tries the Good Life, in the magazine too) and my work regularly features in an assortment of other magazines and websites including Country Child, NFU’s Countryside and Period Living. I have also worked on features commissioned by Country Living and Country and Town House and am a regular copywriter for websites such as Garden Trading. I appeared on BBC Radio 4 sharing my thoughts on leaving London for the country and BBC Radio Solent’s The Good Life programme, talking about all things foodie and local. My passion for cooking has spilled over into my writing and some of my recipes have appeared in the digital edition of Sunday Times Home and The Telegraph. I have also worked closely with Ebury Publishing and The Happy Foodie on a range of recipe challenges. If you are interested in reading a sample of my work then take a look here