When I moved from London to Northumberland and subsequently to North Yorkshire, I really began to notice how the seasons had an effect on my mood. I have to admit it took time to appreciate them; summer was always good with long days and plenty of outdoor living but come winter I felt like I was in a permanent state of hibernation.
The other thing about moving from city to country is that you have to adapt your clothing. In the days when I worked in London, pounding mud-free city streets and travelling on public transport, skirts, fashionable shoes and a light coat would suffice.
Nowadays, however, my every day look is more like this......
One thing that I dreaded when I first moved out of London was that I would be consigned to a life of fleece. And to be honest when I first moved that was the choice if you wanted practical outdoor country clothing.
So, thank goodness for this company....
I must confess that I look forward to the latest Toast catalogue dropping through my door - and once I have a quiet moment, I grab a cup of tea and browse its lovely photos.
Every item of clothing I have ever bought from Toast, I never tire of wearing. I love the image it creates - country, nature, artistic, creative, Bohemian, stylish. It's a lifestyle catalogue with gorgeous photos and an appreciation for handmade and ethically sourced clothing and homeware.
Companies like Toast and another favourite, Seasalt, (although I probably need a seaside bolthole to fully embrace their world), have injected a bit of style and individuality into what can sometimes be a battle with the elements when you live in the country.
And, just to let you know, I never did get over-run by fleeces but they do sometimes have their uses so I have allowed the odd one into my wardrobe!