“Oh, to be in England, now that summer’s here…”

“Oh, to be in England, now that summer’s here…”

“Oh, to be in England, now that summer’s here…”. This passage, based on Robert Browning’s poem Home Thoughts From Abroad was chimed by my grandma multiple times every summer in appreciation of green England.

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A small lane leading to the Clavering Village Church

I can still hear her voice in my head. Having spent many of my days this week out in the sunshine all I can say she had a point!

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Hubs chilling in the churchyard making shapes in the clouds

In the summer England wakes up and is full of life; cricketers on the green, baby birds chirping in nests, fields of gold under beautiful sunsets.

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Walking alongside fields of corn
This weekend began with a lazy start but by noon we were ready and heading off for a pub lunch in one of the surrounding villages.
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Loving the thatched cottages all over the village
We opted for The Cricketers Pub in Clavering, Essex. The food was amazing, service impeccable and ambience spot on. I’m not sure if it’s something to do with the fact that it’s run by Jamie Oliver’s parents (and it’s where he mastered the art of cooking growing up), but it’s a fine place to eat.
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The smallest house in England – measuring 10ft x 8ft – yes really
Afterwards, despite driving through and visiting Clavering many times hubs and I decided to walk off our big lunch without realising quite how beautiful the back hedgerows were. As always, we go off the beaten track in search of real beauty and boy did we find it (check out pictures).
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They say the French love horse…
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Before we become parents we had one more shot at being a kid
So a message to all you guys this summer is get out and explore your local villages, there’s plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered. Throw in a bit of sunshine and you’re a winner!!!

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