Its official – my time living in Kent is nearly over! We have now found a house and hopefully will be moving in a few months, fingers crossed!
If anyone new is reading my blog right now (anyone???…*tumbleweeds*) – my parents and sister are relocating to the Isle of Wight, and Rob and I are hoping to move to a different part of the country soon. (I promise that I will reveal where we are moving to in an upcoming post. I just don’t want count my chickens before they hatch etc! Not that anyone is sitting on the edge of their seats dying to know, but hey ho!!)
So while I am not exactly sad to leave, I am a sentimental person. (Although I am trying to stop that, because sentimentality stops you from letting go and doing new things!) Kent is not a bad place to live and it has a lot to offer. I have made the most of living here for 35 years and have seen and done plenty. There will be places that I miss, but I have the memories. For instance, I will miss parts of the coastline as I have good memories of staying with my grandparents who lived in the Thanet area when I was a kid, and I enjoy seaside day trips with Rob and my family. But my grandparents are gone, and soon my family will no longer be in Kent. So its time to make some new memories in different parts of the country.
I am a going to write a list of things that I want to do in the county before I leave. Some will be silly, sentimental stuff, some will be things that I have never done before, some will be very geeky and most will be very mundane and boring.
To be honest, I will probably never get round to doing them because of a lack of free time due to working and packing and lack of funds etc. But if I write them down here it might encourage Rob to take me out for an afternoon and then we can go for a nice drive in the camper!
Visit the coast – I am not too worried about going to Whistable before I leave (done it to death), but going back to Westgate where my grandparents lived in the 80’s is a must.
Go to the American diner in Sevenoaks – We know a lot of VW owners and there has been talk for years of the VW crowd organising a convoy down there to one of the classic car events that they hold. I would also like to do this because I will get to eat a great big greasy fat chicken or veggie burger (I will travel miles for a good burger!) If we cannot organise this in time with our VW friends, then I would like to go with my nephews. Its right up their street. And mine TBH, because I am a big kid when it comes to American diners!
Go to New Ash Green and take some photos of the Span housing – Because I am a big geek when it comes to mid century architecture. And you never know, I might even be able to squeeze a blog post out of the trip!
Visit Rochester – Its been a while. In fact, in the 6 years since we moved from Chatham to Maidstone, I have only been back there once! Because it is such a s**thole, after we moved I said that I never want to go back to the Medway area ever again! But Rochester is nice, and it has improved since we moved (which was in the middle of the recession). The town has a bit of history, nice coffee shops and a good second hand bookshop, so its worth me taking a bus trip over there on a day off. Plus, I want to wander around Chatham high street to remind myself exactly why we are moving!! And it would be nice to have a nosey at my old house before I leave. What can I say, I am a sentimental old so and so!
Visit Canterbury – Again, its been years since I last visited.
Climb up the North downs to Thurnham Castle – We love this walk/climb. But its been off the agenda over winter because of the mud. I am not afraid of a muddy walk, but mud and steep, steep hills are not a good mix. Think Glastonbury crossed with Mount Everest. I feared for my life the last time we did this walk!
Visit Rye – Because its nice. And again, its been a while……I really don’t get out much do I?