My New Found Love for Weston-super-Mare
I’ve lived in Weston now for over ten years. I moved here in 2003 after I finished my degree and got a job in Bristol. I wanted to move in with mr D so it was either move down here or live at home and get a job in London. I am soooo pleased I didn’t choose that option. When I finished uni, I thought that to be successful and have a good career, I’d need to move to London. When I was made redundant in 2005, I just felt there weren’t opportunities in the South West for me. I plodded along in another job for less than a year, thankfully finding my “now” job! You can read some of the reasons why I like being a working mum here.
I still had itchy feet though and I just didn’t feel content. I’d mope about most weekends, complaining that the area was rubbish and there was nothing to do. I also pestered my husband a lot – saying we should move abroad, live abroad, travel for 300 years. I just felt that the grass would definitely be greener.
My husband has always supported my itchy feet and actively encouraged me to take time out and travel – he made it clear though that this wasn’t what he wanted to do – but was happy for me to do so or do some voluntary work abroad. I looked in to it but decided I’d rather do something with the hubby!
We did some mini trips to China and Japan, our longest stint being three weeks. Looking back, this worked really well as it allowed us to save and stay at nice hotels. We did quite a bit of travelling and you can read how I feel about giving that up for a while to have a family here.
Appreciating what I have here
It also made me appreciate what we have on our doorstep once I got back from doing a bit of exploring. It made me see that I don’t need to travel the world to see beautiful places and sites. I have many right here! Look at these beaches! Look at Uphill! There are so many beautiful places to explore.
Mr D and I got into walking and would often plan long, circular walks in Somerset, with a pub lunch midway! It wasn’t until little b came along that I started to explore Weston more. I started to appreciate how pretty the seafront can be. Yes there are plenty of eyesores along there too, but on the whole, we are really lucky to have such a long promenade right on our doorstep. I also started to appreciate the parks we have – Grove Park at the top of town, Clarence Park at the other end, Ashcombe Park. We particularly like Grove Park in the summer, when all the flowers are out 🙂
Great for families?
As B grows up, I’ve started to appreciate how much there actually is to do for little ones in Weston. There is literally soooo much on this summer, with a lot of things completely free of charge. Check out my post about all the free things coming up! We had loads of fun last summer at the CBeebies event, the Dairy festival and the air show. And we had many great days just playing on the beach, splashing in the sea if the tide was up or enjoying the water park on the front.
Basically having B has made me really appreciate what we have here and made me see that I don’t need to do anything overly exotic and far flung to have a great time. Most of my favourite days are spent in Weston 🙂 Here’s to a super summer again.
Here are some of our pics from last summer. So many happy days 🙂
Have you been to Weston? Or do you live here? What do you love about the seaside town? It gets a lot of bad press but I think like anywhere, there are pros and cons!