Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home is where the heart is and my heart is in...

... Farnham.

We are happily nestled in our new home in Surrey. It feels so good to put the move behind us and focus on the coming year. It is pretty safe to say that we are starting to feel more settled in general; G in his new job and the three of us in our new digs.

We are still without broadband (what is up with that, 'customer service'?)  and will unfortunately remain that way until the end of the month but am stealing a few minutes at work to catch up on my favourite blogs and tell you about our home.

Our house is cosy and has fantastic views over the town (am I starting to sound like I am in real estate agent?) It is only a rental but we are easing into the new surroundings and making it 'ours'. It covers all our needs; 3 bedrooms, garage, storage, walk to train and town, great location and most importantly, is within budget.

A's bedroom is huge in comparison to the last and adequately fits her too many toys, clothes, dolls house and other what not she has accumulated in her 21 months.

From our living room and bedrooms we can see Farnham Park and the castle, a far cry from our old view of multi storey car park and Burger King.We have moved  a mere 10 minute drive from our old place yet in a country like England it is not surprising that we have passed into another county. We couldn't be more excited to be in Farnham as it is a place we have grown to love over the past 4 years of residing in the UK. Many a Saturday had been spent wandering the boutique stores, charity shops, dining in the restaurants and spending time in the park. It is such a truly beautiful town; cobblestone streets, lush parks, streams, Victorian buildings and old world charm. I feel much safer living here and also generally much more positive as it is a wonderful place to have our children and the schools are bar none (well, so I hear.)

Even the cat seems impressed.

Being able to walk to town is a huge plus for us with a toddler and an even shorter work to the train station which G uses every day. A direct line to London will always be a plus in my book when we seek a little hustle and bustle.

As we settled in over the Christmas period we spent many a day moseying down to Gostrey Meadows Park with the girl, grabbing a take-away coffee from Morello's and whittling away several relaxing hours in the playground. We also took the opportunity to do all our Christmas shopping locally which was so easy and felt great to support local business.

Twice we have walked along the North Downs Way,  for us a 2 mile circuit which includes a drink or two at the pub and feeding the horses , much to A's delight. I will blog more on this later once I can upload my own photos.

The town has some great places to visit and I look forward to dropping in and saying 'hello' over the next year; The Barn, the ceramics cafe, The Maltings, scrummy restaurants and our new 'local' The Mulberry which serves the most delicious gourmet burgers. We were regulars of the monthly Farmers Market and now have the advantage of walking there.

Most importantly, feeling excited about making some very happy memories in our new home and enjoying the company of visiting friends and family. Things just seem to be getting better and better.

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