OK, let’s just forget that my knowledge of UK counties was a little foggy until I was invited to experience the Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk with Tenderstem. Just look at me pretending that this is my country pile in a flouncy blouse! I guess I’m at that age now where hiring a cottage with friends for a significant occasion (à la Alexa) is a lot more appealing than an unpredictable night out, that ends with you leaving your shoes on the Night Tube. Good company and good food are far more important to me these days (unless there’s noughties R&B involved, which may prompt me to leave the house).
So back to broccoli! The reason for our slightly unusual-sounding trip (Lucia, Kate and Mel came along too), was to discover more about this versatile vegetable in an idyllic setting. Tenderstem is actually a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale, which probably explains why I prefer it to the typical stuff as it’s a little more like asparagus. We tried it in a tasty quiche, wrapped in pancetta and even with our eggs in the morning, whilst admiring the growing fauna of the Walled Garden.
Wilderness Reserve is actually nothing to do with the festival (a mistake made by my confused Mum on Whatsapp), but a 5,000 acre country estate that’s like a real-life Anthropologie catalogue. It’s all very comfortable, so you can kid yourself that you’re roughing it, when in reality you can have someone come and bake you croissants in the morning. You can cycle around the grounds, chill out by the pool and even boat around the lake without a care in the world. As a city girl, I’m not used to the increase in bugs and being quite so close to sheep (they’d flee every time I cycled past) but it’s definitely something I can get on board with every so often. I felt like I was in one of those Sunday night ITV dramas!
Dress – Boohoo, Sandals – c/o Teva
A massive thanks to Tenderstem for whisking me away!