The one lesson KATE HUMBLE has learned from life: ‘Your Gut Tells You WHERE your HOME IS, Not Your Head’
- Presenter and author Kate Humble, 54, has been on television for 25 years
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From Holiday and Springwatch to A Country Life For Half The Price, Kate Humble has been a popular television presenter for 25 years.
The 54-year-old has written books including Thinking On My Feet and Humble By Nature, and lives on a farm in Monmouthshire, Wales, with TV producer husband, Ludo Graham.
Your Gut Tells You WHERE your HOME IS, Not Your Head
In the early 2000s, my husband and I spent 18 months renovating a West London house.
It had a beautiful kitchen, and there was a stunning fireplace and a lovely garden. But the day we moved in, I thought: ‘This doesn’t feel right.’
Hosting shows such as Holiday and A Country Life For Half The Price, Kate Humble has been a popular television presenter for 25 years
I’d come to London a decade or so earlier to get into TV. My work was exciting, and yet I felt lost.
I didn’t know it then, but my expectation for the ‘perfect’ new house was that it would make me feel as though I belonged in London. It couldn’t.
I’ve realised that, however nice a house or town is, feeling at home is down to an instinctive sense of belonging.
I grew up in rural Berkshire, climbing trees, hiding in hedges and helping with the animals at a farm.
In London, I was surrounded by concrete and too many people, and you never heard silence. However great my big city life was, away from nature I was out of place.
Ludo got a job in Cardiff in 2007 and we moved to rural Wales. The greenery and animals made me joyful. For the first time as an adult, I was at home.
Where The Hearth Is is out now (Aster, £22)
Feeling you belong can be about returning to where you grew up. But it doesn’t have to be. Monmouthshire is not Berkshire, after all. For some, belonging is about community. Others feel at home on the road.
A Syrian woman I spoke to for my latest book fled war and headed to the UK. She felt a sense of belonging due to the kindness people showed her.
A teacher friend found the home she adores in London, despite a love of nature, because she enjoys helping children at the local multi-cultural school.
Lockdown was testing, but it showed me that our farm was the place I belonged.
I thought: ‘If this is the end of the world, I’ve found my spot where I can turn up my toes feeling content.’
- Kate’s new book Where The Hearth Is is out now (Aster, £22).
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