Thinking the unthinkable…moving out of London!

    It has been 15 years since my husband and I made the move from London. Since then a lot has happened, including the addition of 3 children and a few years abroad. I thought the move to the country would have me quaffing G&Ts as a result. We don’t, not every day at least, and we haven’t looked back since. The decision was made when I became pregnant with our first child. Our tiny 1 bed flat in Fulham was going to be too cramped for all the paraphernalia that comes with a new baby. So we popped our beloved flat on the rental market (my first and very emotional experience in renting, which I will leave for another blog) and headed to look for a larger more family friendly home, somewhere bikes, kayaks, surf boards and alike could be stored.   At first, we found ourselves in Teddington, clearly not ready to take the full leap out of London and into muddy boot territory.  But from here we started our search for that all important place for family adventures to begin and new friends to find. We spent our weekends visiting various cities we thought we might like and ones my husband could possibly commute from (his job remained in London). We finally decided on Salisbury which hit the mark in terms of a vibrant city, good rail links and some positive schooling options.  Now began the search for a house in the surrounding rural area. We found our ‘forever home’ in Chicksgrove and our family grew to include 2 more children, a cat, rabbits, gerbils,...

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House envy. I mean seriously. What a stunning house shared by @rmouldingandco who had the pleasure of working here. I would be doing my job though if I didn't remind you to be practical when house hunting. Yes it's gorgeous but can you afford to heat it and what happens with the maintenance costs. Don't fall in love without checking it out first. #lifeafterlondon #quirkycountryside #lovemycountrylife #bestukpics #lovegreatbritain #escapetothecountry #leavinglondon #lifeinthecountry #leavingthecity #movingoutoflondon #greatbritishcountryside #unlimitedengland #countrylife #photosofbritain #countryside #movinghouse #ruralidyll via Instagram...

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Loved seeing this today in our Facebook group shared by one of our newly settled Life After Londoner. Even the dog is loving their new life - no surprise there! #lifeafterlondon #quirkycountryside #lovemycountrylife #bestukpics #lovegreatbritain #escapetothecountry #leavinglondon #lifeinthecountry #leavingthecity #movingoutoflondon #greatbritishcountryside #unlimitedengland #countrylife #photosofbritain #countryside #movinghouse #ruralidyll #dogsofinsta #dogsonthebeach via Instagram...

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The wide expanse of the future. Interesting article in The Times today all about those who move BACK to London and other cities. For almost all who go we know research would have helped. Proper honest impartial advice really looking at your reasons for moving and the things you are happy to compromise. We are here to help so you don't have to gamble. #lifeafterlondon #quirkycountryside #lovemycountrylife #bestukpics #lovegreatbritain #escapetothecountry #leavinglondon #lifeinthecountry #leavingthecity #movingoutoflondon #greatbritishcountryside #unlimitedengland #countrylife #photosofbritain #countryside #movinghouse #ruralidyll #movebecauseyoucan #researchisking #dontgamble via Instagram...

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So many appropriate captions for this wonderful shot shared by @kirstycornell taken in Scotland where the sheep are in charge! Those red phone boxes are few and far between but this one is being put to good use! . . . . #lifeafterlondon #quirkycountryside #lovemycountrylife #bestukpics #lovegreatbritain #escapetothecountry #leavinglondon #lifeinthecountry #leavingthecity #movingoutoflondon #greatbritishcountryside #unlimitedengland #countrylife #photosofbritain #countryside #movinghouse #ruralidyll #sheep #telephonebox #ruralphonebox via Instagram...

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My instagram is filled with holiday shots and the best are those from the UK. The continuing trend of families moving out of London keeps us busy. How many will choose the seaside for their future Life After London following the summer holidays ? Thank you @martaylor for this stunning show of #holywellbay . . . . #lifeafterlondon #quirkycountryside #lovemycountrylife #bestukpics #lovegreatbritain #escapetothecountry #leavinglondon #lifeinthecountry #leavingthecity #movingoutoflondon #greatbritishcountryside #unlimitedengland #countrylife #photosofbritain #countryside #movinghouse #ruralidyll #seaside #cornwall #movingtotheseaside #dreaming via Instagram...