Love Where You Live

Do you love where you live? Or do you dream of moving? I am somewhere in between the two in that I’d like to move about 15 miles north of where I am, but I also love that I’ve got some great places right on my doorstep (as well as some not-so-great ones, but I’m nothing if not good at turning a blind eye when it suits me). It took me a little while to settle down when I moved to Wales. I came from this

Warriewood Beach (picture taken by Philip Johnson )

to this being the closest beach, and even that is an hour away

It took a while to re-educate my brain to not see the lack of beaches but the astounding beauty of the mountains and valleys, and now I love where I live. It’s not just about the way the place looks, which is very green with lots of fields and mountains (I am quite happily ignoring the industrial estates, closed shops and ugly housing estates which blight so much of South Wales, as they do the rest of the UK), but the people. I love living in a relatively small community where I see someone I know pretty much every time I go to the shops or take one of the kids somewhere. People are friendly, down to earth and have a cracking sense of humour, and I’ve never ever been made to feel unwelcome.

I have chosen to live where I do and it’s a choice I’m happy with although I’d love to get back to Sydney a whole lot more than I do, with 4 people and the price of flights being what they are, it’s just not possible. I honestly never expected to live where I do, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Even if we won the lottery tomorrow we’d still stay within around 15-20 miles of where we are.

Do you love where you live, or would you move in a heartbeat?

For more information on visiting the area check out
http://www.breconbeacons.org
http://www.visitwales.co.uk
http://www.abergavenny.net
http://www.visittorfaen.gov.uk
http://www.breconcottages.com

ETA: If you like this, check out the Love Where You Live blogging challenge and link up!

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7 thoughts on “Love Where You Live

  1. I love the area you live in, I would quite happily move there if the opportunity arose. I like where I am now, but do get frustrated at the lack of people my age who share my interests. If I had the money I would live in a very remote place, but keep a bolt hole in several cities around the world for having fun.

  2. Lovely photos! Your 'neighbourhood' doesn't look bad at all 🙂

    I live in the middle of Finland in a medium sized city (in Finnish standards) and I'm more or less happy with it. My husband is British and I would love to live in the UK at some point, it's been a dream of mine for years. Sadly, we can afford much better lifestyle here compared to the UK so looks like we'll be staying here. At least for now. x

  3. Sure! I will make sure to blog about it at some point 🙂 I suppose I have always thought there's nothing that special about where I live but it's still quite different to yours. Thanks for following my blog too! x

  4. I think we all get a bit complacent about where we live sometimes. It's good to look at it with fresh eyes. It's probably got great features you don't notice because they're so familiar.

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