1. How far away are you from where you grew up? Not far away at all. According to Google maps I now live 1.4 miles away from my childhood home.
2. Families sometimes move all over the country. Do you feel that a family should try to stay close together? I'm on the fence with this one. At various stages in my life I have, as have my siblings, lived away from the rest of the family even though our parents remained at 'home'. We weren't all away at the same time but have been spread out with one in Liverpool, one in Germany, one in Portsmouth and one in Plymouth. We have now all returned to live close to each other in the town of our childhood. The closeness of the family has always remained strong regardless of the physical distance between us.
3. How many times have you moved in your life and would you like to share when and where you moved? I have lived in 12 different houses. There were four house moves locally in Trowbridge and one to Torquay during our childhood. Then a move to Plymouth where I lived in the same house for the three years it took to complete my teacher's training, then back to my home town and four more moves over the years as I moved my way up the property ladder. In the end I sold my own home and moved in with Ced, so that was home number 10, still in Trowbridge. The final two moves were as a result of his passing - once to live with my sister and then finally to this home in Staverton, a small village on the outskirts of Trowbridge (although it's becoming impossible to see where Trowbridge ends and Staverton starts!). I have no plans to move again!
4. What brought you to where you are living now and are you happy there? I am happy here now but it's taken time to get to this stage, though that's to do with bereavement and grieving rather than anything to do with the home. I moved because my partner died and I couldn't face staying in a home that was much too big for one person so I sold our shared home and moved in with my sister while I looked for something suitable. This felt like a happy place as soon as I walked in the door and it has felt like my home right from the start.
Many thanks to Annie for organising the Tuesday 4 questions.