Home is where the Heart is

I was tagged by Mental Parentals to share a bit about the place I call home. For me this isn’t anything to do with where I was born, where I grew up or where I went to university – as I never went! For me, it’s the place we decided to live before we had our own family. But let’s go back to the start.

I grew up in Surbiton, Surrey. It was a wonderful place to live – so close to London, close to Kingston with shopping, night life and the beautiful Thames. I loved all the local parks, the great mix of people – mainly due to Kingston University being on our doorstep, and the lull that comes with living close to town but not actually in it.

But I could never afford to buy a home in Surbiton and after having problems with my Mother I decided to start somewhere new and Hubby and I bought our first home in Carshalton, Surrey when I was 21. It was somewhere we could afford, the house was perfect for us and it had great access to London too but it wasn’t the place we wanted to call home, it was never going to be forever.

Home is where the Heart is

So when we started looking for our forever home, the place we would grow roots, have children and be a family, we looked at such a wide area when searching for our home. We looked outside of the M25 to distance ourselves a little from London and looked all the way from Godstone in the south round to Egham in the west and all the way out as far as Reading. We had no idea where we’d end up but knew there would be a house for us in an area that we would call home.

In the end we found our perfect house, at the perfect price, just a town over from where Hubby’s parents live. We live in Camberley, Surrey. It’s a nice place to live with a nice town centre, lots of schools, parks and lots to do at the weekends. There are a lot of tourist attractions and country parks a short drive away and we are far enough away from London to have a slower pace of life but still be close enough to pop into town when we need or want to.

Home is where the Heart is

We didn’t set out to live in Camberley, it just happened. Now, five years on, my heart is very much here. It’s the place our roots have grown, where our children were born and where their first friends were made. It’s a lovely place to live and a great place to grow as a family.

Where do you live Chantelle, Sarah, Tanita and Alex?



  1. July 5, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Aww I love this post and your perfect house. I’m lucky enough to have visited your beautiful family home and it is definitely a “forever home”. How funny that you once looked in Godstone! I grew up in the next village (Bletchingley) πŸ™‚ xxxx

    • July 5, 2015 / 10:44 pm

      Bletchingley was top of our list – we loved the little auctioneers and the quaintness of everything! x

  2. cat culmer
    July 6, 2015 / 2:18 am

    Lovely post. I love reading about other peoples homes and lives .. maybe I’m just nosy.
    I hope we can look for our forever home in the next few years

    Cat x

  3. July 6, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I grew up in Teddington Donna (and Kingston still feels like home), my sister lives in Carshalton and I now live a stone’s throw away from you in Aldershot (I work in Guildford) – small world eh? I meant to say hello at Britmums but it’s all a bit mental there and it feels awkward if you’re not sure people will know who you are. I’m sure we’d have loads to talk about though! Xx

    • July 6, 2015 / 9:42 am

      I went to Teddington School Sam! Such a small world, you definitely should have said hello – I don’t remember seeing you! Next year πŸ™‚ Always up for a play date too if you’re free over the summer x

      • July 6, 2015 / 10:31 pm

        I’m always around with the (nearly) three year old on Fridays for stuff like Little Street but will also have 5 (nearly six) year old over the summer – we like the paddling pool at Stoke park at the moment – so yes – would be nice to meet up X

        • July 6, 2015 / 10:57 pm

          I’ve never been to Stoke park! But sadly I work every Friday – it’s pretty rubbish!! xx

  4. July 6, 2015 / 10:09 am

    It’s lovely to put don roots for your kids, it does make a special home. I can’t imagine moving from here, where my babies were born and they are happy. Who knows?! x

  5. July 6, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Your house looks lovely and I loved learning a bit more about why you call where you do home. I never thought I would end up where we are now, we moved around a lot in our early 20’s and I always said I would never move back to where I grew up. I did though, albeit about 30 minutes away. I just wanted to be around my family when I became a mother myself and now they have all moved closer to me! πŸ˜‰ x

  6. July 6, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Glad you found your perfect house πŸ™‚ Surrey is such a lovely place to live. I used to live in Carshalton or Sutton (I cant remember now) before I moved to wales when I was 9. xx

    • July 6, 2015 / 9:30 pm

      They’re practically the same place πŸ˜‰ Such a small world – I think the quality of life is probably better in Wales! x

  7. July 8, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    This is lovely Donna! Thanks so much for tagging me, I’ve been meaning to write about home and what it means to me for ages so this has finally made me do it!
    I love that you have found you’re home and it really did make me smile to read that it was the perfect house at the perfect price, clearly completely meant to be!! X

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