We, that's me and my partner, live in a four bedroomed bungalow located just outside Braintree in North Essex. We have 3 cats, Manfred, Clio and Louie, and we keep chickens - Henrietta, Speckledy Hen and the Girls which provide plenty of fresh eggs for breakfast. There is a patio area where we eat in the summer time, weather permitting. My grandson spends quite a bit of time with us, and at only 18 months old, life is never dull!
Nearby we have Cressing Temple Barns, a site occupied by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century, and now restored to its former glory and open to the public. A few miles away is Coggeshall Village, again very old with higgledy piggledy painted houses in the main street, and with a reputation for ghosts and ley lines where strange things are supposed to happen! Hedingham Castle is a short distance away, and we have 4 windmills in the area, including Bocking, Thaxted and Finchingfield (the prettiest village in Essex)