Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Tuesday 4 - Moving

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.

22 comments:

  1. So glad that you are happily living with your sister. What a wonderful way to describe her home...a happy place. I am sorry for the loss of your partner. Cannot imagine that sorrow. But happy that you are in this new chapter in your life.
    My parents never lived close to family so we didn't know our grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins well. My children really don't know my parents that well, although better than I knew my grandparents. I am trying hard to be more of a presence in my granddaughters' lives but one of them lives across the state from me and I don't see her as often as I would like. All in all, I think we each have to go where we are happiest and then try to be together whenever the we can. Enjoyed your answers.

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    1. I lived with my sister while I was looking for a suitable home. I was lucky and found just what I wanted so now live alone in a home I love.

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  2. My brothers and I are a long way apart - one in Scotland and the other in Edinburgh, but I am so lucky that both my children live in the same town as I.
    xx

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    1. Scotland is such a long way - you can't just pop in to see each other when dealing with those distances, can you. It's lovely that both you children and your grandson live so close to you. xx

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  3. I'm sorry for your loss and glad you are happy and settled in your forever home.
    I'm a Lancashire lass although my family moved to Wales when I was still in primary school. My only sister returned to live in Lancashire when her marriage ended and she now lives in the same town where our grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins all lived. I'm still in the place I have lived for most of my life and been in my current home for twenty five years, it's our fifth marital home. We downsized once our two children had flown the best and we knew at once this house would become our forever home.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. It's coming up to eight years now but I'm not sure it's something you ever get over, you just learn to live with it.

      I'm glad you found your forever home - it's that feeling you get as the house cocoons you as you walk inside that I love.

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  4. What a difficult time you have had Eileen. I am so sorry but am so glad you found a happy home to live in after it all. We have lived in our current home for 17 years this year the longest I have ever lived anywhere.

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    1. Thank you. This is the perfect place for me to be ... I love it!

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  5. Sorry about the loss of your partner. You have moved a lot. Nice that you are happy in where you are now. Being content is so important for our well being.

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    1. Thank you. I do seem to have moved a lot compared to others but surprisingly, not as often as some of my siblings and cousins!

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  6. I'm sorry for your reason for moving to your current home, but, glad that you have found a happy home for yourself. As for me, I'm about half a world away from my childhood home! LOL.

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    1. Thanks Bless. I may have lived in lots of different homes but you definitely beat me on distance!

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  7. It's nice sometimes to look back on where you lived & how some moves, some homes impact your memories more than others. I know you have put a lot of care & love into your current home to make it yours.

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    1. I love this place and am so relieved to have completed the improvements before lockdown became a 'thing'.

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  8. 12 different houses, wow! Sorry for your loss. Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Thanks. Twelve houses does seem to be above average!

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  9. So sorry for your loss, but it's wonderful that you have found a place to be happy.

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    1. Thank you. I'm definitely in my happy home!

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  10. So sorry for the loss of your partner, but I sure am glad you have found a home that feels like a happy place. That is nice and how neat you are back so close to your childhood home. Loved your answers. Have a nice week.

    https://lorisbusylife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you. It's good to live so close to the majority of my family though very few school friends still live locally.

      Hope you have a good week too.

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  11. so sorry for the loss of your partner, but glad you found a "happy home" hope you have a great week

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    1. Thanks. I've been happy here.

      I hope you have a good week too.

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