First, as you can see from the image above, Behind the Hedgerow has made it on to the pages of the British craft magazine, Making…and in the company of the blogging goddess, Dana, no less! When I saw this while perusing the magazine in Waitrose I literally jumped for joy and started showing it to complete strangers (sorry shoppers of Wilmslow!).
The magazine is a lovely little craft-fest of items mostly for the home. If you’re based in the UK and haven’t read it, I recommend you check it out! This issue will inspire you with (and give you detailed instructions for) a traditional fan quilt…
As if this magazine feature wasn’t enough to heightened my British crafty enthusiasm, our family has received some great news….
We’re moving to England!!!
That’s right! Behind the Hedgerow will be upping sticks from Brussels and relocating to the English countryside! This is a dream I’ve had long before starting this blog – to be cosied up in a crumbling farmhouse behind the hedgerow, as it were, sewing, cooking, writing, growing (fruits and vegetables, that is) and creating! (If you don’t believe me, you can read all about it in my about section).
We will have been in Brussels for 10 years and we’ve had the most amazing, adventurous decade – three kids, house moves, job moves, loads of friends (many who have sadly moved on – such is the nature of this city), and contacts made with some of the most talented sewists and bloggers I can think of! I’ll miss this daily European influence but I know what I’ve learned here and been inspired by will continue in my sewing.
So, the move! I have dreams, big dreams. Let’s indulge those for a moment.
Each morning I’ll come up my garden steps,
and enjoy this view.
and the geese in winter.
I’ll take many walks for inspiration.
And, at the end of the day, I’ll rest my head here.
And of course they’ll be a weekly delivery of fresh raspberries, clotted cream, the finest homemade sausages and bundles of Liberty print fabric.
Bump, bump, bump – that’s the sound of me falling back down to earth. No, I won’t magically turn into The Girl That Has It All, but you get the idea!
Now the nitty-gritty! We won’t move until the summer of 2014. My husband will be working in London so we need to be within commuting distance of The City. I have family in East Sussex and we are currently looking at the areas of Lewes, Cooksbridge, Ditchling, Hassocks and Wivelsfield (who wouldn’t want to live in a place called Wivelsfield?! Now, if the kids could only pronounce it…).
Here’s where I need your help!!
Does anyone live in or have knowledge of these areas of East Sussex (or can recommend a super place that I’m missing)? As much as I want the country life, I don’t want to be so ensconced in rural living that I lose the edge, dynamism and intellectual banter that city life offers (which is one reason why we’ve chosen the Lewes/Brighton area – close to a good university, lots of international influences, the only Green MP in the country, and a thriving crafting community).
There’s lots to be done. The new adventure starts now. Oh, and to top if all off, the headquarters of Making Magazine is located in Lewes!! It’s all meant to be, right?! So, make yourself a cup of tea, enjoy some crafty reading and give me a shout if you can offer any Sussex knowledge!
PS – Stay tuned, actual sewing will feature here again very soon. What’s on my cutting table I hear you ask?? Why it’s the new *free* Hemlock Tee pattern from Grainline Studio. Go have a look – I’m loving it already!