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 Dave 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.
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 Dave’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.
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.