Living in the countryside brings about a whole new way of life from the type of fast, on demand living dwelling in a city allows. You are forced to plan and think about how and what you're going to eat - my diet wasn't bad, just lazy. But with no access to shops without getting in the car and negotiating car parks you are forced to make use of the resources you already have. And it's not just the way I eat and cook that has changed - my whole attitude to life is different. I feel calmer, less bogged down by life and less guilty about taking time out to recharge and inspire. Life in the countryside is slower, thoughtful and reflective.
And while the couple of years I've been here has slowed me to pause and reset, it's now time to get back among things - the countryside might have slowed me down a little too much and it's time to get a happy medium. So for the past few months I've been house hunting and have been very lucky to find a little house that makes my heart sing and in the town I've been trying to live in for about 8 years - the gorgeous little market town of Lewes. Nearby hasn't been enough for me, I want to walk outside my door and enjoy all Lewes has to offer without getting in the car.
This feels like the most natural move I've done so far - and just spending a little time in Lewes has allowed me to forge a few new friendships with likeminded people. It was through a few people I'd met that I came across Cook the Books - an event where foodies get together and bring a dish they've cooked from one of their favourite books run by Lewes foodie Chloe King.
This week they teamed up with Barcombe Organic Nurseries and it was a perfect first one for me as they supply my veg box and their ethos is spot on. The idea was to bring a dish or topping for pizza with Barcombe Organic providing the veg and hang out on the farm. The farm looks mighty different to how id did when I visited a few years ago.
It was perfect - it was the hottest day of the year and the evening sun set on the farm as we were given a guided tour. Then as darkness descended we gathered around the pizza oven to chat.
If you live in or near Lewes you can find out more about events here.
Formally Emma Gutteridge