I whiled away a happy hour early one evening this week down the rabbit-hole that is the internet, and somehow found myself on Google Earth looking up places I’ve lived in the past.
And I thought it would make a good blog post.
So here’s a whistlestop tour through the places I have lived in my (almost) 46 years on this earth.
This is the house my parents brought me home to after I was born, and where we lived until I was 4 years old, in a small town near Bournemouth in Dorset.
When I was four and just a couple of weeks after my brother was born, we moved to this house, where my parents still live today. It’s only a couple of miles away from the previous house, in a large village called West Moors. When and if they ever sell it, I will feel a real wrench, and I’ve loved that William has been able to spend time in the house and garden where I grew up.
The summer after my A Levels, when I was 17, I lived and worked in Spain for the summer, and this is the apartment block I lived in with three friends (near right of pic, third floor as far as I recall!). We were very close to the beach (you can just see the sea down the road on the left hand side of the pic). We had a brilliant summer, and I was sad to say goodbye to that apartment and my friends when I left (they all lived permanently in Spain).
After my summer abroad, I moved to Pontypridd, where I attended the (then) Polytechnic of Wales. After a brief stint in halls of residence, I moved with four friends into this house, about half a mile away from campus. It still looks almost identically rundown to how it did in 1986!
After my two years in Wales, I moved to Torquay to live with my boyfriend at the time, Jon, and we lived in various grotty rented flats over the course of that time, none of which I can remember the exact addresses of, so no pics.
After a year in Torquay, I said goodbye to Jon and to Devon, and went off to sea for four and a half years, where I lived and worked on board these four cruise ships. (From the top, the ss Canberra, the ss Dawn Princess, tss Sky Princess and mv Island Princess.) Happy memories.
Whilst still working at sea, I bought my first home of my own, which was the downstairs flat in this building, in Bournemouth. I still own it now, and it’s been rented out to various tenants (stories within themselves, one and all) since I moved to Devon 20-odd years ago.
After a couple of very happy years in my flat, I moved to Devon to live with my then-fiance, Ashley, into his home, which was this terraced house in Torquay. It was grotty, and I missed my flat! Ashley still owns this house, and again it’s been rented out since we moved out in 1996. I should point out that we’ve recently had it fully refurbished and it looks a lot smarter than in this old Google Earth pic now!
A couple of months after we got married in 1996, we moved to this end of terrace cottage in Combeinteignhead, a village in South Devon, where we stayed until 1998, when we moved directly across the road to …
We lived in the thatched cottage and rented out the one on the left (originally a photographer’s studio built by a previous owner of the cottage) to Ashley’s brother and his wife, Although I’d always wanted a thatched cottage with the Aga and the inglenook etc etc, there were a lot of drawbacks once William was on the scene, and even more once he started moving around!
In this pic above, you can see how close together our houses were – the first one we lived in on the right facing, and the one we moved to on the near left. We didn’t need removal men!
We did love the village we lived in and the people, though, so we stayed put until 2005, when we bought a converted barn in Denbury, another, slightly bigger, village.
This house needed a LOT of work (almost the entire inside ripping out and refurbing) before we moved in, which was the first time we’d taken on a project of this size, and was really quite stressful. Once we moved in, though, we loved the house. And hated the location, more and more as time went on. We stayed 8 years, by which time I was so over village life. And a move into town was on the cards.
Which brings us to our current home, which we moved into at the beginning of 2014, and where we are all three very happy. Here’s to many more years living here!