About me

Part journal; part almanac – the story of family life in a Wiltshire cottage through the seasons.

In 1994 a country girl who’d been working in London had an epiphany in a bookshop in Muswell Hill. City living was not for her. That girl was me. Later the same year I moved with my East End husband to a Wiltshire village. Three children followed in quick succession and this blog began as a way of documenting our family’s adventures and keeping me in touch myself, my roots and the things bringing me contentment when the rest of life was busy and demanding.

As a child I spent hours climbing on and swinging on country gates whilst generations of my family shared news, swapped recipes and exchanged gardening tips so countrygate seemed a most apt name for this blog.

Over the years our children grew into adults and our family life has evolved but essentially, life on the plot remains simple and seasonal.

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