JJ’s Country Pursuits
A week in the life of private buying consultant for Bidwells, Jamie Jamieson
A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of Matthew Rice’s new book ‘Building Norfolk’. The launch was held in what has to be one of Norfolk’s most beautifully restored barns in Letheringsett – one part houses Delaval Astleys hugely popular ‘Back to the Garden’ farm shop and the additional part played host to the reception for Matthew. It also doubles up during the day as one of my favourite places to stop for a cup of real coffee and a piece of cake when I’m whizzing along the A148 on my way to or from somewhere! It was a wonderful evening and the book is a real celebration of the history of Norfolk’s buildings, full of delightful watercolour illustrations and informed and engaging text – Matthew believes passionately in the value of early, local traditions in building and also addresses the challenges of future development. I particularly enjoy the eloquent descriptions of the houses he features and am lucky enough in my job to see so many examples of fine architecture abundant in this much loved county. The next day I was showing a client around a number of houses in that part of north Norfolk and at lunchtime we decided to pop to the Wiveton Café along the coast road for a bite of lunch – utterly delicious and much refreshed – we walked to the next house we were viewing in Cley. A daunting prospect with much work needing doing, nevertheless my client is very interested and keen to put their own mark on the next house they live in. Talking of making your mark – when my family and I moved to our house a few years ago I thought that all was needed was a lick of paint and some new curtains. I conceded that central heating was quite useful and then left any redecoration issues to my darling wife – a new kitchen, conservatory and extension followed! I should have seen the warning signs when she started subscribing to The World of Interiors magazine!
*You can contact Jamie Jamieson at Bidwells on 01603 229302