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Moving From London To The Countryside

Well hi there,

If you have read my ABOUT page it will come as no surprise to you that I am very accustomed to moving up and down the country with my husband’s job and my children.  It has not been without it’s fair set of challenges along the way, but I can honestly say I am very grateful to of experienced living in different counties of England.

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Before we moved to the idyllic setting of the Cotswolds-Gloucestershire, we were living back on the outskirts of London. I was happy to be what I call “HOME” being born and bred in London, and it was really great to be able to catch up with family and friends and get back into the fast pace of ‘London’ living.

However, when we were due to leave again I found it so strange that so many people thought I was brave to be okay about moving out of London again.

What was brave about it?

It made me think how easy it is to become so confined to one place throughout our whole lives. Quite often we build up a great network of friend’s and then go onto have families, and our children end up playing with our friend’s children and it’s all very predictable and safe. But is that a good enough reason to stay living in the same place until we get chucked into a care home?

Morbid I know but true..

Friend’s would often say they liked the idea of moving out of London but couldn’t imagine actually doing it.

What was stopping them?

Fear of the unknown?

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I must admit when I first moved out of London to the leafy, rural cabbage fields of Lincolnshire, I literally cried for weeks. I didn’t really know what I was crying about apart from the fact that I was scared of what to expect.

However, once my husband introduced me to Lincoln town centre, and I spotted my favourite shops, my insecurities gradually slipped away and it became a pleasant home for the next 4 years.

And guess what I survived!

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If I am completely honest the real difficulties and stresses I have found have been settling the children into their schools with often having to appeal for school places. This has been pretty stressful at times to say the least.

Also having to leave great friends behind and make new ones can often be a little bit challenging and has definitely pulled on the heart strings throughout this journey.

But I can honestly say the positives outweigh the negatives.

  • People are generally more chilled and friendly.
  • You can drive down the road without the fear of someone having road rage at you for doing the speed limit.
  • You can breath in fresh, pure air.
  • Your commute to work is pleasant with lovely views of hills.
  • You can come home from work at a reasonable time without having to fight your way onto the tube, and having to blow black, smog out of your nose once you return home.

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You can have all this if you just put your fears and worries aside.

Just do it!

I would love to know if you have made a move to the countryside from a London?

If you are thinking of doing it and need some honest questions and advice, please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment.

 

Much love

Gemma xx

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