Monday, 5 October 2015

One year later



This week marks the first anniversary of moving into our new home, it does seem so long ago now since we moved! We had lived in our previous home for 22 years and I thought that it would be such an ordeal to leave there, especially as it was where the children had grown up. However, we have loved being here so much and wish we had moved a long time ago! So if you are at a similar crossroads I would recommend a change!


This month Coast magazine have an article about moving to Bridport and West Bay. They highlight so clearly why this area is so special with it's stunning coast, countryside, rolling hills and sleepy villages and vibrant art and music events.We were told when we moved here that there was so much going on that you could go to something different every day.That does seem to be the case and consequently the time I have for blogging has reduced!


We have enjoyed seeing so much more wildlife. The garden has been full all summer with visiting bees, butterflies, moths and crickets and it has been a pleasure to garden without so many snails and slugs. The days of collecting over one hundred slugs off the lawn before breakfast are now a distant memory!

The highlights, however, have been listening to the skylarks from just outside the back door and while washing up one evening, witnessing a barn owl hunting. Currently we have seen house martins and other emigrating birds stopping off before their long journey south.



The market town of Bridport has many independent shops selling local food and drink and it has allowed us to reduce our spend in the supermarket and have local tastier food.


Luckily the house was in good order so we have been able to spend plenty of time out in the garden.


It has been fantastic to have the greenhouse, it has made such a difference getting seeds to germinate and we have been eating our own tomatoes for a few months now.





We are always discovering new walks some with spectacular views like these.


And this view makes me smile and brightens my day whatever the weather,when we take the car out.


I would like to thank you all for your wonderful comments and friendship and visits over the last year too, and sharing some of my high lights.

Sarah x


52 comments:

  1. It has always been a great pleasure to visit your beautiful blog and look at your photos Sarah! So very glad that your new life offers much more things but the most important is that you are able to create and catch the beauty of all that.
    Olympia

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  2. It is SUCH a beautiful place to live. I am so happy you are loving it!x

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  3. Dorset is 'Gods' own county....There's no argument there...None!
    Lived and worked here most of my life....And, the further west you
    go the lovelier it is..! Bridport, and Lyme Regis are are a bit special,
    not only the beauty of the sea..But the surrounding are!

    If you've never been to Dorset....Make an effort, even for the weekend,
    you'll finish up staying the week! You can keep yer cities...All of them!

    Oh! Happy 1st Anniversary...May there be many..many more...! :).

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    1. I too have lived and worked in Dorset most of my life. Why would we want to move anywhere else! Sarah x

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  4. Thank you for posting whenever you can. It is always a treat to see how you are adventuring in the world around you. You have me wondering how skylarks sound. We are still picking yummy little Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. I'm glad your move has been a happy one and wish you much joy in the coming second year in your new residence, Sarah. xx

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    1. Gracie if you copy this link you can hear the skylarks too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkk7bnTG5JM
      Sarah x

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  5. What a lovely post Sarah, I can hardly believe it's a year (our year is coming up in December, but it's 15 months since we left our beautiful home in Brixham). You have done wonders in the garden...can you come and do mine? :)
    I know what you mean about having less time, when we add in all our decorating time and arranging workmen too, time has flown by. I also think the ill health of my husband has taken a huge chunk out of our time, however he is back to full health now.
    I can't wait to settle a bit more and envy you being so settled in your beautiful home and what a place to live too!
    Good luck Sarah for the next 12 months, I hope they continue to be very happy times for you and your husband.

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  6. Sarah, one year - so quick. Life ist short, we must do the best things in our time. Your greenhouse ist wonderful, I would like to have one, but no space. And I have made a screenshot from your bench to show it Mr. W.
    We are back from Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire, very different to the places we know from before.
    Do you know what I don't like in Britain? Bingo and Entertainement.

    Sigrun

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    1. I will look forward to finding about your latest holiday in Britain. Hope Mr W makes the bench! Sarah x

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  7. Lovely photos Sarah, congratulations on your first anniversary at your new home!

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  8. My oh my....Sarah, you live in a fairytale. Anywhere by the ocean is GREAT! We do grow into our new surroundings, don't we? I felt like that when we first had to move from our beloved BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, where we went to college and really grew up together as a couple. But now, we love our home of 18 years here in this place. Enjoy every bit of your beautiful home and garden!

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    1. Is true home is where the heart is! Sarah x

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  9. I'm so pleased your house move worked out for you. It must have been quite an upheaval after so many years. We've been here for three years now and, while the actual move was fairly traumatic and it's taken a good while (and a good deal of money) to sort out the house, we haven't looked back. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, Sarah, and seeing photos of your lovely place (area and garden) – thank you.

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  10. You definitely made the right move Sarah and I've loved all your pictures from West Bay and beyond. Have a very happy Year 2!

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  11. beautiful photos, looks like a wonderful place to live. Your garden is gorgeous!

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  12. Omigosh, has it been a whole 12 months already??? How time flies. I'm so happy for you that you love your new home xoxox

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  13. I agree, it is such a lovely area ... I wish we lived just a little bit closer than we do. M x

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  14. It has been a pleasure to follow you on this journey. I wondered how you could leave your home of 22 yrs but the transition has been so peaceful and delightful. I am so happy for you. The longest we have lived in one place is at our current home of 9 yrs. we bought Sea Cottage to remain the rest of our days but you never know. We could end up in a tiny beach shack by the sea. I live where you live...dreams do come true xo Kerrie

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  15. Oh so beautiful. I too am making a move after 33 years at the same place. I simply do not know where to start. I guess it will progress slowly.

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  16. It is certainly gorgeous there, and I'm ready to pack my bags and move several thousand miles east across the North American continent and the Atlantic Ocean - if only I could!

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  17. Hey Sarag,
    That shot of the ban owl is fabulous. What a magical moment that must have been. And your garden!! I am envious. I love the seating are by the greenhouse. Wishing you many happy years to come in your lovely home.
    Leanne xx

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  18. Dear Sarah,

    I can't believe it's already a year Sarah! I am glad that the move was the right thing for you to do. You sound so enthusiastic.

    If I could, I would move to Bridport straight away! :-) It's just the sort of place that would suit me too. What a beautiful seaside town you live in!

    Have a lovely week!

    Madelief x

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  19. I can't believe it's been a year either, where does the time go! We recently enjoyed a brief stop on our journey to Portland and gave William a nice walk (check my blog you might recognise it) ;)

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  20. I was also surprised that your move was a year ago Sarah. Your positive attitude has helped make it such a success I'm sure - the way you go out and explore it all. So glad you share it with us. Beautiful.

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  21. So pleased for you Sarah. Sounds like you picked a great spot. Loving the owl and garden shots. Enjoy xo

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  22. Congratulations!! It sounds like a wonderful first year in your new home! I hope that all of the rest of the years that you live there will be just as good, if not even better! xx

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  23. Looks like it's been a fabulous year. Your garden looks so pretty and you've achieved so much. Love the owl shot too -amazing! Thank you for sharing it all with us x

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  24. It is lovely that your move has been right for you both and that you are obviously very happy in your new home. What a fantastic job you have done in the garden and in such a short period of time too.

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  25. It's great to hear you've settled in so well and are loving your new home / location! I can't believe it's a been a whole year!

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  26. It doesn't seem a year since I was reading your blog about moving house. I love reading your blog and seeing your lovely pics. You get out and about a lot and obviously love living where you do. xx

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  27. Oh Sarah, is it really a year? Thank you for all your posts; it's been wonderful to venture thru this year vicariously. I just love all your scenery pics and the wonderful descriptions of your new life. One day I'll get over to the UK and be able to visit where you're talking about. In the meantime........

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  28. Wonderful pictures and a wonderful picture.
    That third picture - I could just sit there and gaze for ever and ever.

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  29. I´m so happy to hear that you love your new place and you really live in a place that is just breathtaking beautiful! Love every picture!
    I could for sure move to that place...
    Warm hug,
    Titti

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  30. I am not surprised you are loving your new home. You live in such a beautiful place. Your garden already looks amazing in the short time you have had to work on it. I am loving your blog.. thank you. B x

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  31. Great post Sarah... that year has gone quick! The scenery photos are just beautiful and the owl one is wonderful. :o)

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  32. Such wonderful photos! It looks like you have chosen a beautiful place to live. You have done a fantastic job with the garden - I like the before and after photos.

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  33. Hi Sarah, I can't believe it's been a year since you moved, how time flies! I must say it seems like there is so much to do there which is really lovely. Pleased for you both that you love it so much! Enjoy every day! Sharon x

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  34. Sarah
    I have only known you a short while in 'blogging land' but I always enjoy my visits to your blog.
    You live in a beautiful part of the UK.
    Love your photo's and your post.

    I raise a glass to your second year ... or a cuppa if you'd prefer!

    All the best Jan

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  35. Has it been a year already! It blesses my heart to know you've achieved what you've longed for.

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  36. It's lovely to read that your decision to move has been a positive one. I do so envy you living in that beautiful location, your photos make it look absolutely idyllic. Here's to many more happy years in your 'new' home! Caro xx

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  37. Hello Sarah
    I can't believe a year has passed already you really seem to have enjoyed your move, exploring the area and showing us your wonderful coastal photographs. Your garden is looking lovely all your work has paid off - a garden to be proud of. Let us hope you enjoy many more years in your new surroundings.

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  38. This is a great post! My jaw dropped with the ocean views.Your photos are awesome. I do love the ocean and you do indeed have great views. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Well, you've certainly picked a stunning location for your new home. The photos are wonderful and I do admire the greenhouse.
    Amalia
    xo

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  40. What a fantastic location you moved to, I hope you enjoy many more years living by the sea. Keep on blogging your stunning photos so we can share a little bit of what it is like to live in such a lovely place. xx

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  41. Congratulations on your first anniversary Sarah! It has been a treat to watch you as you've gotten settled into your new home and surroundings this year. You and I are both so very lucky to live in places that we love. :-)

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  42. It looks like a great place, such lovely views. Every time I look at your blog I think I need to get out and walk our pro and take photos. x

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  43. I'm sure you live in one of the most beautiful places of your country, the view over the sea, the scenery of landscapes. A long time ago, the daughters were still at home we stayed with our small tents on a camping on the top of a cliff in Bridport with a view on Westport and of course the sea. It was wonderful but I remember also quite exciting because we had stormy weather at night and I was really a bit scared to be blown away with tent and all.

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  44. What a beautiful area you get to live in! I love catching glimpses through your blog. I must get back to the UK again for a visit.

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  45. Can't believe it's been a year already! Such a lovely part of the world. You have transformed the garden, no wonder the wildlife loves you :o) x

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  46. So pleased you're enjoying the new house and location. We hear skylarks from our house too, something I grew up with, and I think it would be hard to beat their song for joy and happiness! Wishing you many more happy years. Julie x

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  47. So glad you are happy in your new home - that's a great shot of the barn owl!
    I am amazed you hear skylarks - I have only ever heard them in high places like Maiden Castle.
    As you may know from my recent posts, I have now been to Bridport and West Bay and appreciate what you see in them!
    All the best for many more years :)

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