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This week’s question:

What is special, unique or interesting about where you live? We come from all over the world, what would you share with a visitor to your neck of the woods?

We live in one of those pretty English villages such as used to adorn the covers of chocolate boxes in the 1960’s, and where people come to stay in some of the many holiday cottages dotted about.  In fact hardly anything has changed in the village for decades, and apart from the new estate sticking out like a sore thumb,  much of the scenery looks as it must have done maybe 100 years ago.

We moved up to Suffolk in early 1991 from London due to Sam’s job, and for the first year I wondered what on earth we had done.  I couldn’t understand the local accent (our neighbour was ‘goin’ into ‘ossspiddle fer hays towof’.  I sympathised as I thought he had to have his toe amputated, but it turned out he was having a tooth extracted), and the all the locals used to stop and look at us in the high street as though we had three heads.  However, after nearly 25 years we have fitted in nicely and are used to the slower pace of life.  Our children could always run around outside and play unsupervised, and after about 10 years everyone actually started saying ‘hello’ when they met us in the street!

There is next to no crime.  Everyone knows everybody else, and curtain twitchers are out in force.  Somebody would always knock on my door if our boys were doing something they shouldn’t, and for the most part the teenagers are good-natured and just tend to sit around on the roof of the bus shelter, minding their own business.

After all this time we seem to have been accepted by the locals. We take part in the local quiz evenings, the church fete, and the Christmas lights competition (we won it last year!).  We are country folk now, and every time I go back to London I am glad we made the move.  The only disadvantage about living in the country in the summertime is the untiring infestation from the insect world!

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View from our window of a field of beans.

Our boys never picked up the local dialect and still use the London slang.  When we all went for a trip to the London Eye a few years back there was an Eastern European lady selling trips on the tourist bus and charging £180 for 6 of us.  My son looked at her, put on his best Cockney, and said ‘You’re ‘avin a tin barf, darlin’.’ Not even a bit of Suffolk there, and she looked at him in a rather dazed fashion……..

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