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We did the very thing that Val Daw­son (Lady in the Lodge) did when she moved into a lodge in her fam­ily’s gar­den. Three years ago, due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, my hus­band and I were with­out a home. Two years be­fore, my daugh­ter and her fam­ily had moved to an older prop­erty with a large gar­den with two big sheds in. I jok­ingly said ‘put our name on that for when we re­tire’. Lit­tle did I know, that a few years later, we’d be liv­ing in a spe­cially built cabin in their gar­den. My grand­chil­dren come for break­fast, and we are on hand for each other. We’re in the mid­dle of build­ing a sum­mer house for ex­tra space! We have our 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary next year and, hope­fully, many more years with our fam­ily. Sue Cooper, Ash­ford What a great idea, cre­at­ing a Lady Lodge for Val so she could be in­de­pen­dent, yet still be close to her fam­ily. Ev­ery­one seems to win – they see each other when­ever they choose, they ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially and can share the house­hold chores. This would also be great for young adults want­ing some in­de­pen­dence from their par­ents, but not yet able to man­age fi­nan­cially to leave home. Tracey Holmes, Suf­folk

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