One Year On…

Last week marked one year exactly since we moved from Edinburgh to Hertfordshire, and I am pretty proud of how we are doing.

DorkySon has settled amazingly well in his new nursery – it has been an absolute delight seeing him grow in confidence, become so much more curious about the world he lives in, and spend the majority of his time as an incredibly happy wee boy. He is a lot of fun to spend time with right now.

DorkyDad is working harder than I have ever seen, learning new skills and absorbing information about a sector he hasn’t worked in before, travelling to parts of the world he never imagined visiting, and trying hard not to let the unpleasantness of a daily commute get him down.

I feel like I have whinged quite a bit about things since we moved – and it’s no secret that we don’t want to live here forever – but it has also brought some amazing opportunities for us all.

So I decided to have a read back through some of my blog posts, and reflect on ten things – big and small – that we would not have had the chance to do if we hadn’t made the move.

DorkyMum at BritMums Live

1. Blogger Events: I haven’t done a whole lot of these, because I’m still choosing not to run very much commercial content on the blog, so I’ve been turning down a lot of event invites. But I did make it along to BritMums Live and the MAD Blog Awards, neither of which I would have attended if it had meant the expense of accommodation and travel from Scotland.

Save the Children Hunger Charter Downing Street

2. Save the Children campaigning: I’ve loved doing a few bits and pieces with Save the Children over the last year – from a petition hand in at Downing Street, to a blogging conference, to an evening spent listening to Aselefe – an amazing young woman from Ethiopia. They’re all opportunities that I’ve been able to say yes to now that London is only forty minutes away.

Willows Farm Park St Albans

3. A Day at Willows Farm: Edinburgh does have a city farm, but nothing quite like Willows, near St Albans. This still counts as one of the best days that DorkySon has had since we moved down here.

red white blue bunting

4. Celebrating the Jubilee: I think it’s fair to say that we would not have done anything to mark the Jubilee had we still been up North. I reluctantly went along to the Open Day at DorkySon’s nursery, and he had an absolute blast. I stand corrected.

Old London Transport Signs

5. London Transport Museum: We have visited the Transport Museum twice in the last six months. I’m not sure if DorkySon prefers the buses, or the chocolate milkshakes that always follow at a nearby restaurant, but either way it is a lot of fun.

Covent Garden Market Olympic Flags

6. Visiting London during the Olympics: This was a rare day just for me – a haircut, some shopping and a wander round London in the sun. It was lovely.

Edinburgh Fringe Royal Mile

7. Visiting Edinburgh Festival as a tourist: It did feel a bit odd being back in Edinburgh over the summer and staying in a hotel, but there are definite bonuses to being there as a visitor rather than a resident. I got much less huffy about the crowds and the constant flyering than I used to!

Harpenden Haertfordshire

8. Learning to love the countryside: Don’t get me wrong, I still miss the buzz of living in a city, but I’ve been working hard to see the positives of living in the middle of nowhere, and I have most success doing that when I go for a walk with my camera.

Torvil and Dean

9. Seeing Dancing on Ice being filmed: When my Mum came down to stay earlier in the year, we managed to get tickets to go and see Dancing on Ice being filmed at the Elstree Studios, which are just a short train journey away. I’d never watched it on TV, but it was so much fun.

Talk to the person next to you

10. Making new friends: People who don’t understand social media can think it is a bit bonkers to meet people that you’ve only spoken to online, but one of the lovely things about moving down here has been the chance to turn a few of those ‘friends in the computer’ into friends that I can go for a coffee with. BeingMrsC and The Start Up Wife have both kept me sane and fed me lots of cake during this first year in a new place, and I am very grateful to both of them.

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I’m linking this up with Reasons to be Cheerful over at Mummy from the Heart

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

29 responses

  1. What a lovely post. It is terribly difficult to move to a new place, especially if you know it’s not a ‘forever’ place and especially if you prefer your previous place, but creating this post must have been quite a healthy exercise for you! Yet another great use of a blog–a way to record (and look back to review) the good times! x

    • It was a good thing to do! And hey, it’s nearly Christmas – a time when we all make those review of the year lists, right?! I was just getting in early… Ta for commenting xx

  2. Ah I am so glad you are enjoying it here in Hertfordshire. I love the fact that in Herts I am a short journey away from Cambridge, London and all major airports – therefore the world. I have yet to go to Willows farm with Youngling but plan to take him when I can borrow the car from the parents. Hope you have many more memorable adventures over your second year living here🙂 take care, Kate xx

  3. Lovely. Must be the time of year, but I am in quite a reflective mood too at the moment. Really glad to see that you feel there have been many positives moving down here – we may very well be moving north of London next year. Who knows? Maybe I could join you all for a cuppa!

  4. What a lovely post, sounds like you have really embraced the move. I used to live in St Albans and loved being close to the countryside but also near London, too.

  5. Such wonderful reasons. It’s great that so many lovely things have come out of a move – if you do decide to move again, hopefully those reasons will come around again! Have a great week.🙂

  6. Great R2BC post, glad you’ve settled in and I love the idea of a list of positives. We have been in Cyprus 3 years this month and it’s been hard at times but like you I could come up with a list of great things that have come about from living here.

    • Gosh, that’s a really big move! Bet it meant some big changes. It’s a nice exercise to do though, trying to focus on the positives🙂 thanks for commenting x

    • Thanks for a lovely comment Kate. I was partly inspired by your session with Ellen and Annie at BritMums about using blogging as a way to focus on the good things as well as working through the harder things x

    • Oh really? I suppose for older kids there is a limited amount to do. If we’re still here when T is older I’ll have to pick your brains for other fun activities! Xx

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