I’m having something of a dilemma. My husband, Greg and I have been talking for a long time now about moving from Brighton. Should we swap the blue of the sea for the blue of the woods? On the plus side, there are so many brilliant things about where we live; we can walk to the City centre in about 10 minutes, to the beach in about 15, and to the station just as quickly. We have a baker, a deli, florist, post office, dry cleaners, coffee shops all at the end of our road. It really is a great location.
But there are little things that bug us; the fact that if you go out for the day on a Sunday when you come back the chances of being able to park in the same street as the house let alone outside it are slim to none. The noise; it’s not that we have particularly noisy neighbours, but we live in a terrace house, and lately we have both become pretty sensitive to noise, I think it’s an age thing! The garden; for a city garden, ours is considered big, but in reality what that means is we have room for a table and chairs, a small slide and tiny playhouse for the girls but not much else.
We talked it through on numerous occasions, and we had decided we were ready. The good life was calling. A house in the country; land to grow veg and a cutting patch for flowers of course. Outbuildings for my workshops and possibly for others to use too. Plenty of grass and woodland for the girls to run feral. All topped off with a rambling old house, and not forgetting the aga of course! For about the same price as our terrace house in the City!
Why the dilemma? Summer has arrived and now I’m not so sure, I have been reminded what I love about Brighton. I don’t know if I can leave all the convenience, the beach and the lively atmosphere behind for country living. I really am struggling with this, my heart is torn.
Is there a solution, well I guess one of sorts, and that’s the suburbs. I always said I didn’t want to live in the ‘burbs. I know it is ridiculous, but I immediately think of Edward Scissorhands and it freaks me out a little. We could definitely get more space and more land, would we be able to walk to the beach and to the shops, maybe, it would depend on the house location. But I’ve always said it has to be all or nothing for me, as with most things in my life. So that’s it, a dilemma. What we do know, is that where we live right now doesn’t suit our needs anymore, but what will, that is the question.