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Stone Circles...

One of the many nice things about living outside of London...

Being able to jump on a bus for less than 30 minutes and end up in Avebury for an afternoon of fine food (Red Lion), stone circles, writing, thinking and lots of sun.

I hate to say it (and never thought I would if I'm honest) but I'm not missing London in the slightest at present and moving away from The Big Smoke is probably one of the best things I've ever done.

I love London, and it'll always have a special place in my heart, but life is so much friendlier and less hectic (and less expensive) outside.


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May. 30th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
What is the "big smoke"?

Where do you live now?
May. 30th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
The 'Big Smoke' is London (UK). I've lived there the best part of 35 years (give or take) - certainly all my adult life.

I moved westward to a much smaller city (down from 8 million to 155,000 population) a couple of months back. The place I'm in now is called Swindon and is in Wiltshire (the county) which has lots of ancient sites and greenery.

I don't know if you know much UK geography but basically I'm west of Reading, east of Bristol, south of Oxford and north of Bath - so have loads of places I can travel to and explore with ease.
May. 30th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I have to say, the new place sounds so much more interesting to me than London. Maybe I'll come visit some day. :)
May. 31st, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Hopefully we'll see you in the Red Lion sometime soon, as we're moving from London to Devizes (6 miles south of Avebury) in a few weeks. We've got friends who live in Avebury, a couple of them have one of those thatched cottages opposite the Red Lion.

I've been wanting to escape London for years now and it looks as if we're finally going to do it.
May. 31st, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Drop me a line when you move and we can co-ordinate a Red Lion drink :)
May. 31st, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Will do. Gemma has just pointed out that we seem to follow you everywhere. You used to live in Waverley Grove and now we live there. You've moved to Wiltshire and we're moving there soon.

Speaking of Waverley Grove, I'm keeping the flat there for use a couple of nights a week when I'm working in London. I don't suppose you know anyone who's looking to rent a room in Finchley?
May. 31st, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
I love London, and it'll always have a special place in my heart, but life is so much friendlier and less hectic (and less expensive) outside.

I haven't experienced London enough to know if I'll like it, but the rest is so very true and I miss that.
May. 31st, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)

I guess it's why I've never quite made it back there after growing up in London. I spent yesterday afternoon lying in a grassy field at the back of a pub, dangling my feet in the rover and watching people jump off punts and swim. It's a 15 minute drive from my house :)
May. 31st, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm no fan of London, except as being the local big city.

I grew up on the Kent/Susex border - going 'up to Town' was slang for visiting London and as a place to catch a exhibition etc, it has it's attractions, but I wouldn't want to live here (I'm in london atm) full time

I'm not sure it much quicker even from ravenrigan's place into central London either. Although it feels easier.

Anyway I hope you enjoy being in the country - if Swindon can count as that (it's still a big town by my standards) and since we (and I believe ian_wyrdness) share friends in Avebury , perhaps we should met up at the Red Lion some time.
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