Margot as drawn by the very dear and talented Barbara

Margot as drawn by the very dear and talented Barbara

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



20 thoughts on “About

  1. Gabby proger

    I would suggest you need to ride. Given that you are a good cook how’s about once a week try and make something WOW for darling Jerry. Knit or crochet perhaps?!?! I know someone who could teach you to fish. You could always take up painting or photography.

  2. suddenlycolour

    Darling Margot: fairies and cupcakes? This all seems rather too civilised for country tastes! I think Primrose and Poppy need to get a good coating of mud in readiness for life in the wild old Shires. I propose a trip to a city farm! Time for you all to start SMELLING the good life……photos should you get there please!

  3. Carlie

    Dear Margot,

    Oh, I love you. And your Twitter wallpaper. I think you should contact @LadiesShooting and ask for Victoria. Not only will she give you brilliant country-living tips, but she can also introduce you to The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club. And V and her team are always looking for fun new guest bloggers.

    Very best of luck in your countryside endeavours,

    From your fan,


  4. Suzanne

    How wonderful! Definitely chutneys and jam making should be on the list! My husband would love this…I’m too scared to take the leap…shall be following closely though!

  5. londonandproperty

    Are regular visits back to London allowed? – for some indulgent shopping or for the ‘Big City’ atmosphere. Or must they be restricted and confined to “occasions” or just one visit each season?

  6. Sigrid from Care.com

    Can’t help but ruefully recognise myself in some of your musings … and we called our daughter Margot … ! Can say from experience that there will be some regrets … BUT they will be outweighed by the lovely stuff.

  7. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    OMG! I just realized few days ago that I am no longer use to modern living. When I saw a picture of a modern designed building I gasped. I dont know it anymore. Thats me now. Like you I am from the city. Now is a coastal town thats vintagey. #pocolo

  8. Emma T (@ETusty)

    Love it. I’ve lived in a village most of my life, but it was still a shock living in the middle of nowhere (well, between 3 villages, none of which have a shop), and having to drive everywhere. Look forward to reading more #pocolo

    1. admin Post author

      Ooh thanks for commenting! Hope you enjoy reading my little blog. We love our new country life.

  9. Belinda Oaten

    Loving your blog! If you ever want to try something different with an at home feel come to our supper club monthly in Winchester run by a true Hampshire hog farmers daughter

    1. admin Post author

      WHAT an offer! Might just take you up on that one! Thanks so much for your lovely comment – glad you enjoy reading my blog.

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