I literally can’t believe it’s been two weeks since we left Yorkshire and started our new lives down South.
Cliched af but it’s honestly flown by! Oh and another cliche incoming..it really does feel like home already. I think the fact my husband Peter and I have moved around a lot over the years, living in different countries and cities has meant we can adapt easily. I mean, we even feel at home on the first day on holiday. My Mum always feels this way too. Maybe it’s hereditary!
Peter and I actually hope to move to LA in a few years, and knowing how well we tend to adapt to new places, makes me feel certain that if we go for it, things will work out!
All this positivity doesn’t mean the move hasn’t been emotional, however. I miss my best mates and family so much it hurts but knowing they’re just an ‘M1 away’ makes me feel better about everything, and I’ve scheduled a visit in soon so my heart feels less heavy.
Plus, I have to admit moving is freaking stressful-the boxes in every room, the chaos and upheaval is full-on…It has been worth it though and we know it’s 100% the right thing for us all.
Plus, the people of Windsor have been so incredibly welcoming and kind. Readers have approached us to say ‘hi’ in the street (and Waitrose of course, where I’ve been spending all of my money !) and I’ve received lots of sweet emails from followers on social media who live nearby congratulating us on our move, as well as offers from businesses, parks and favourite places, which have warmed the cockles as we say up North!
One of those aforementioned kind emails came from the exquisite, and renowned Cliveden House, a mere twenty minute drive from us, inviting us over for lunch at their on-site restaurant (and perfect al fresco dining spot) Astor Grill last week. Joining me was my fabulous friend, fellow blogger Jacqui Patersonwho had first introduced me to Cliveden when we were house-hunting. Our children get along so well, it was an absolute pleasure to hang out at this historical hotel and National Trust gardens together.
I’ve included some pics from when our paparazzo Peter was with us the last time we visited, as well as some of Jacqui’s dreamy shots.
Delicious, seasonal food along with attentive service from all the staff, and a special welcome from manager, Tony who gave me a tour of the Spa there (which is out of this world by the way and houses the only Grade I listed swimming pool in the UK), as well as time to enjoy the achingly beautiful grounds, woodlands and play areas, made for the most perfect day.
We were in foodie heaven here, and Jacqui and I, can’t wait to return for a spa day soon! Thanks for inviting us Cliveden House.
…Now aside from Windsor and the surrounding areas having literally everything a fashionista mum could wish for (yes Topshop, Zara and H&M I’m looking at you), being just thirty minutes away from Paddington by train has made life a million times easier be it for work meetings or simply taking the kids out for the day.
We have been spending most of our time in Windsor though as living in the centre means being able to nip out for lunch or dinner with ease, and with parks and playgrounds on our doorstep, the kids are never bored. It’s been quite the relaxing summer and I can’t wait to see the Long Walk as the seasons change, wellies on with more adventures to follow…
..As we near September, school is upon us and whilst the boys haven’t gotten into the same school sadly, they’re both first on one another’s waiting lists, so we hope they’ll be reunited soon.
Their respective schools are close to one another at least and Peter and I will tag-team the school run and collection, so it’s not all bad.
Plus, it means I’ll get to make two sets of parenting friends in the school playground and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone (please say ‘hi’ to the new mama on the block if you see me).
So, there you have it: our new Windsor life. We’re absolutely loving it!
Xander’s face below because he wasn’t centre of attention for once (bahaha)!
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