My favourite view

Hannah Francis and her favourite view at Spixworth. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk

Hannah Francis and her favourite view at Spixworth. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk - Credit: Archant

View at Spixworth Hall Cottages, Grange Farm

Hannah Francis and her favourite view at Spixworth. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk

Hannah Francis and her favourite view at Spixworth. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk - Credit: Archant

This is the view from my cousin’s farm. Patrick Cook and his wife Sheelah are very dear people to me and are one of the reasons I came to Norfolk. It is the most beautiful place especially with the dawn chorus in April. It reminds me of being a child. My family were very high powered musicians and I played the harp and had a very stressed childhood, so when I went to stay with my cousins on their farm it was the only place I felt there was no stress or guilt. I would share a little cot bed and wake up in the morning to listen to the birds, I was so happy. It gave me some idea of what a normal childhood meant – regularity, security and love – which is what you set out to give your children, that sense of being okay.

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