The Gallery: Where I live

I live here. It’s a five-bedroom house (yeah, I know – get me!) and it doesn’t always have snow on it, but I like this picture.

Snow, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

This is the fourth house we’ve owned – we’ve gone from a one-bedroom flat in the town centre 16 years ago, to a three bed terrace near the town centre 14 years ago, to a semi-detached three bed bungalow round the corner from here 10 years ago – to this. We moved in at the start of last year.

I now live on the same road I grew up on and my parents still live in that very house. My sister lives just down the road. We think we’re the only family in the village to have three households living here. We’re proper locals and we’re quite proud of that. My mum and dad aren’t originally from the area, but they moved here when they got married and they’ve never looked back. My husband is a northerner, but he wouldn’t live anywhere else either now.

Our village is ‘semi-rural’ and I like that, because I think I’m semi-rural too! We live near to an industrial estate (not so great) and a retail park (handy) and only a couple of miles from town. We can walk in the countryside without getting in the car, but it’s nice to be close to the town too. I would never want to live in one of those places where you get cut off in snow or heavy rain.

I love the town where we live and would never want to leave it. OK, I left it for seven years for university and the start of my career, but I came back and I never intend to leave again. I never would have guessed I would end up living on the same road as my parents. I didn’t even imagine myself living in the village.

But here I am. Living with my husband and three kids in a house I remember being built when I was a kid. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 This post was written in response to a prompt on The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted ‘where I live’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ooh it’s s very lovely house, I don’t think I’ve seen a pic from the outside before. I think I love the idea of living round the corner from my mum!

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    • It’s lovely, isn’t it? It’s quite unusual looking. It’s great living round the corner from my mum!

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  2. A lovely house, but a warm home too. I grew up living in the same road as two sets of cousins – we were never bored 🙂

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    • That must have been great fun! We never had family around growing up, so it’s great for my kids that they do have lots of family around!

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    • Thank you! That’s just what I like to think 🙂 x

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  3. How wonderful, I’m like you, I’d prefer to be semi-rural, at the moment I’m 100% rural though!
    Lovely photo, I imagine it looks even more stunning after heavy snow.

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    • Thanks very much! I’ve never seen it in heavy snow!

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  4. Aw what a lovely house Sarah. How fantastic that you are on the same road where you grew up on and that your parents are nearby (always good to have the babysitters close). I would love to live in a semi rural location but we are lucky that we have the Cheshire countryside close by. Infact I would love to move to the place where your husband grew up. Small world eh xx

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    • Ha ha, it most certainly is! I would never want to live where my husband grew up! He’s now a converted southerner and we’re very lucky where we are. It’s definitely good to have babysitters nearby, we do rely on my parents a lot. x

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  5. Such a pretty house and so nice that you have your family living nearby.

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    • Thanks very much! It really is nice to have them there 🙂

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  6. Sounds perfect. I would LOVE to live back near my parents where I grew up but sadly London is just too damn expensive

    mollyxxx

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    • It certainly is! It’s fairly expensive here, but it’s OK, nothing like London!

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  7. My parents and inlaws live on our doorstep too. I bloody love it. Not just for the convenience but the fact that we spend more time together and it gives us a greater sense of family because my kids get to spend a lot of time with their grandparents, which is a great thing 🙂

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    • Yes, absolutely that! We grew up without grandparents or aunts and uncles and cousins nearby. It felt normal to us, but now I see that it was a shame. My kids are having a very different childhood, surrounded by family.

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  8. Sounds like a fantastic life, and looks like a gorgeous home. 🙂
    I love living in a wee town… we have the semi-rural thing going on too. We have a co-op and a few other shops, but have to travel about 30 min to get to anything else!
    Wouldn’t have it any other way though – I love having nature on our doorstep and it’s a fantastic place to raise my sons. <3

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    • It sounds like it! We only have to travel for 10 minutes to get to proper shops, which suits me just fine! And I love my house 🙂

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    • Thank you! I think it is 🙂 x

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  9. What a beautiful place to live , I live being semi rural as well

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    • Thanks very much, it’s a really lovely place to live 🙂

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  10. I’m rather envious of you having roots and family near by, even when we lived in the UK we were no where near our family, had one child near by, 2 still at home, one in reading and the other in germany, guess we’re not ones to settle

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  11. It looks so lovely Sarah, we live in a rural area and I could never go back yo a town, I love the peace and tranquility x

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