A new book tells the fascinating story of how a family took the plunge and moved from their Yorkshire home to a cottage near Louth.
Breakfast On The Patio, written by Sheila Anne Douthwaite, the pseudonym of Paula Thwaite, reveals how the countryside dream of Frank and Sheila Douthwaite and their daughter Maggie Douthwaite came to life.
‘At what stage in a renovation project does work become a near obsession?’ The self-published book asks.
The trio, based on the real-life story of Paula and partner Barrie, moved from Wakefield six years ago, but only in recent months have they finally felt settled at Honeysuckle Cottage, at Cumberworth, near Alford.
“We really liked this place and each time we visited Lincolnshire our journey included a quick drive past to check on whether it was back on the market,” an extract explains.
The Douthwaites eventually made the move, but it wasn’t without incident.
“The day we moved in it teemed down with rain all day. Flash flooding was terrible, especially in nearby villages and in the towns of Louth and Horncastle,” the book reads.
“Water had run off from the Wolds and flooded people’s homes, causing havoc in people’s lives.”
Fast forward to 2013 and the Douthwaite’s are finally enjoying the move they made, with clear skies, nature and the peace and the quiet of the countryside.
The book’s final chapter sums it all up rather nicely: “When we go to visit our relatives in Leeds and Wakefield, we feel overwhelmed by the smells of fumes and all the built-up areas,” it reads.
“People seem rude and ill-mannered because they do not want to or haven’t the time to stop and talk.
“Yes, we have changed and have left a lot of our old ways behind, including our sadly missed family and friends.
“We have become so close to nature, we truly appreciate the world in which we live.”
Using notes and diaries, Paula has created the story of the move as well as a ‘self-help manual’ for anyone else thinking of taking the plunge to the countryside.
It concludes with a poem by the author as well as a chapter of home-made recipes.
Breakfast On The Patio is available to buy through any Watersone’s high street bookstore, online at www.lincolnshirelife.co.uk, at www.busycornerbooks.com or on Amazon.
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