Welcome to my lifestyle blog, The Reluctant Bumpkin. Here I'll share stories about rural living, reviews of stuff and things that make me smile. I'm Rachel, 25, living in Suffolk with my fiance and 2 cats. I love all things pretty, baking, otters and days at the seaside. I dislike parsnips and being woken up (a lot).

Why The Reluctant Bumpkin...?

My fiance was desperate to move to the countryside when we started looking for a home together. I was not up for this. I grew up in the depths of Norfolk, and have done enough country living to last a life time. I wanted to move to central Cambridge. Anyway, he would not relent, and in the end got his way! So here we are, living in the country.

Whilst I’ve never been the stereotypical city girl, I am far from a country lover (who likes being cold, cow pats and insects, really?), so here’s my journey through embracing rural living and all it entails; with some random bits and stories that make me smile, and a little wedding-y goodness thrown in for good measure.

I hope you enjoy my blog.

Rachel x


  1. Glad I found your blog! Especially enjoyed your post about the country show- I have been weighing up going to my local one, then I remembered 2 things: cheese and cakes. I'm there! Looking forward to reading more :)

    1. Ooh thank you!
      Read your blog too and love it in a big way, am now a dedicated follower.
      You should defo go to a country show for the cheese alone. Mmmm cheesey. Its show season now so I'm sure I'll have loads more to write about :)


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