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About Rural idyller

As well as being a father, husband, publisher and food fanatic I also love East Anglia and the countryside. After five years with a large allotment in Hertfordshire I am now lucky enough to have 4 acres of very rural Suffolk countryside. I will blog on how I get this all under control and the produce as it develops. For more on the rural idyll go to and my other blog which focuses on rural life of the past present and future . Updates will take a bit of time- too much gardening to do!

Stop press: Orford General Store Awards

Firstly congratulations to all those at the Orford General Store for winning the Countryside Alliance UK and Ireland Village Shop and Post Office Champion 2012. We missed visiting when I wrote the piece below and have since caught up with … Continue reading

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Giant Puffballs in July

I have been surprise to find that the puffballs, normally only available in September are already out and doing really well in July. The combination of warm damp ( well wet) weather has done its stuff and the fungi are … Continue reading

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In praise of allotments- ruralism in action

SEPTEMBER is a great time to have an allotment — you have an abundance of produce, the freezer is full of vegetables to use over the winter, and the garage has bags of onions and potatoes. Best of all, the … Continue reading

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Ruralism in the US Midwest

I have been introduced to a great blog that is bringing to our screens the amazing personal history of the rural midwest. There was even a publication called Missouri Ruralist which is featured. Do look at Prairie Yesteryear.

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Orford, Suffolk- developing enterprise in the rural idyll?

Orford is a small village nestled on flatlands in the armpit of Orford Ness, a spit of land build up by the deposits of the eroding Norfolk and North Suffolk coast. Orford Ness is now a National Trust managed nature … Continue reading

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Log burning in Herefordshire

We brought some more logs in to feed our log-burner this afternoon. What with stories of oil being stolen from peoples’ outside stores due to rocketing prices we have to be grateful for the one saving grace of wood: it … Continue reading

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This site is intended as a place to share thoughts on rural living. It can be positive or negative, recent or historical.  If you think that there is something about living in the country which is distict from city living … Continue reading

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