Monday, 23 February 2015

Where I live

For most of my life I lived in a big city. In fact I was born in a place called Hackney which is in London. I lived in a flat/ apartment with my parents and brother. I was born at home and next to my mum's sewing machine lol which is why I am so creative who knows!
When I was little we moved out of London to a place called Dagenham. I guess it is most famous for being the place where they build Ford motor cars.
My mum had wanted to go further out into the countryside but as there were not houses on offer we ended up in Dagenham.
My mum always dreamed of living in the countryside again, as she had spend the war years as a Land Army girl. I grew up with her stories of farms and horses and crops and her passion for country living.
My dad was a proper townie and she did not manage to get him to the sticks until he retired. Sadly she did not get to enjoy it much as she passed away at 64 of cancer.
So it then became my passion and I longed to live in the countryside and see fields rather than houses.
So 16 yrs ago we thought we would make the move. The children were older and we felt the time was right. I wanted to go to a place called Maldon in Essex. A beautiful river town with lovely shops and places to walk. A place I had many wonderful holidays in as a child. Sadly it was so expensive and we found it was totally out of our range. This is a picture of Maldon just last week on a lovely Sunday walk.



My hubbie

So next on the list was a place called Burnham on Crouch and that is where we ended up. Our house faces open fields and it is joy to me every time I open the blinds to see the view. Its a small town but with the benefits of being rural but also on the river . So you get lovely boats to watch and walks to be had. I have been very happy here and although I am proud of my London roots I know I could never live in a big city again. I think I am so lucky to have been given the chance to live her and I thank my lucky stars daily. Its a fab place and you should visit the area if you ever get the chance. 
St Mary's Church just across from my house

The path across from my house

Burnham On Crouch

St Mary's Church

Hope you enjoyed my whistle stop tour of my home and see you next Monday!


  1. I know exactly how you feel, only our move was much further away, we went from the hustle and bustle of London living to the rural Cornwall way of life, it was definitely the right decision for us. I'm glad you got to complete your dream to live in the countryside. It looks like a beautiful place to live. Popping over from Magic Moments.

  2. Awww this is such a lovely topic. I am already thinking of doing my own version. Thanks for sharing your place. That view of the church is stunning. Wouldnt get tired seeing that everyday =) #magicmoments

  3. Really interesting reading about all the places you've lived!

  4. it looks like such a lovely place to live Jill, i would love to be more in the country than we are now .. although not sure Hubs could cope without a shop within walking distance lol

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    1. It is Jaime and he would be ok we have a few shops within walking distance lol


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