I thought I’d share with you some pictures I’ve taken of where I live in Essex. I wanted to show firstly that isn’t always raining in England (just most of the time) and that Essex specifically is a beautiful place to live.
Essex has a fairly ridiculous reputation for being full of white stilettos, fake tan and false eyelashes (with all roads leading to the Sugar Hut) but this simply isn’t so.
Being an ‘Essex Girl’ (we even have our own Wikipedia page, fairly amusing) I’ve had to put up with the stereotype my entire life. Even abroad, people have heard of ‘us’ and I get raised eyebrows and leers when I say where I’m from. Unbelievably even at the Vatican City. My friends and I were taking a tour whilst in Rome and when we told our (male) tour guide where we lived he actually laughed in our faces.
So the town where I currently live is a kinda strange place. It was only developed in the 1970s and as such has no church or historical value (as most English towns do). It’s been described as ‘Toy Town’ or ‘a housing estate with an Asda in the middle’ or just plain ‘weird’. But it does have two really cool things about it (three if you include myself):
1. Our street names are named after Lord of the Rings characters (my personal favourite is Gandalf’s Ride).
2. And we are surrounded by gorgeous countryside, nature reserves and lots of wildlife. I’ve heard the Cuckoo three times already this spring and that’s more than some people will in a lifetime (I hope my rock and roll lifestyle isn’t too much for you by the way).
So anyway these pictures I actually took last Sunday (8th May) on the hottest day of the year so far, they are all from where I live:
The absence of other people is brilliant isn’t it!
These next pictures were take in Chelmsford, where I lived for about five years. I took them last summer in Hylands Park (most famous for hosting V Festival) which is one of my favourite places in the world. As well as acres of fields and rivers to wander, there is also a huge, beautiful garden filled with a variety of flowers, trees and plants. It looks different every time I go there (kudos to the gardening team):
This picture is from Beth Chatto Gardens in Colchester, which some of you may know purely because it’s the oldest recorded town in the whole of the UK. There’s actually walls and walkways still erected (ooh matron) to this day, that were put there by the Romans.
Now I’ve lived in Essex all my life and Suffolk is about the only place I’d go to live instead. Me and my partner usually go ‘on holiday’ to Suffolk at least once a year (I put it in quotation marks because as my partner wisely says, ‘can we really call it a holiday when if we forgot something we can pop home and get it?’).
Thorpeness also has a really cool guesthouse called ‘The House in the Clouds’, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to stay there, here’s a pic from google: