I spend the occasional week or two in the northern part of Essex, in Constable Country, in the Suffolk-Essex border zone. I have a friend who has a house of Zen-like calm, and it’s a very pleasant area.
He studies philosophy, meditates, listens to classical chamber music and reads Dante and Plato in the original languages.
Moved back to essex, after a sojurn in wales lol. Am originally from Nottingham but am now (yet again, after a 6 month break) back in Basildon, Essex. Not much to do round here and don't have any friends so yeah not good!!