The Kitchen@Thor­pe­ness, The Boathouse and The Mun­nings Art Mu­seum, Ded­ham

“It took two weeks for the feel­ings of panic to stop. I kept pat­ting my pocket to check for keys, think­ing I had to rush some­where. Then I started to re­lax. Space to breathe and time with the fam­ily has been lovely. I’ve had ten weeks with my fiveyear-old boy. It’ll be hard when school goes back.

“We’ve done boxed sal­ads, home­made sausage rolls, cakes to go from the Kitchen, and peo­ple have bought what’s on of­fer – they’re grate­ful which is lovely. The Boathouse will look very dif­fer­ent go­ing for­ward – less restau­rant-y, more like the Kitchen with break­fast, lunch and more early din­ners.

We’ve painted it, and seeded the walk­way, and grass has grown for the first time in 15 years! It looks like a new pin. The mu­seum prob­a­bly won’t open for a while, but I’m work­ing on a new project at Felixs­towe, due to open next year. I’m busy, but I like ‘seat of your pants’ pres­sure, it makes things hap­pen!”

The Kitchen @ Thor­pe­ness.

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