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Why We’re Moving Back In With The Parents

After three years of living independently in our flat, my boyfriend and I have made the hard decision to move in with his (very generous) parents. I first moved into our current flat in 2014, after graduating from University and suddenly finding myself back in my childhood home, squeezed into a box-shaped room sharing a bunk bed with my 16-year-old sister. After three years of independent living at University, you can imagine how frustrated I felt to be in that situation. I vowed to move out as soon as I could, and after securing a job I moved into a 2 bedroom flat with one of my best friends, Lisa, who had also recently graduated and had found herself in a similar position to myself (minus the bunk beds!). We lived together for a year before Lisa decided to go travelling. She made the decision to go back to her…

Thanks to My Mum

Happy Mother’s Day, Mum. Without your books in the house I would never have¬†learned to love reading. I remember being in school, struggling to make sense of the words on the page. It was frustrating – my friend was already a level ahead of me, and I could tell at times you got frustrated with me too. But you stuck with me. Both you and Dad encouraged me to keep reading. When I was old enough, you gave me your Enid Blyton books – The Famous Five, The Faraway Tree and The Naughtiest Girl in the School. It was these stories that sparked my imagination and ignited my love for both reading and writing. It was you, who made sure I had a library card. You remembered which days the Mobile Library would come to our village, just so I could have new reading material through the long summer holidays.…

Walking the Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail

Over the weekend, I went to visit one of my close friends. We used to go to school together and remained close friends through our university years. Now she lives in Sheffield, and I in Bedfordshire, so we don’t get to see each other as much as we used to. However, this weekend was her birthday, so I drove up with some of our other friends to spend the weekend celebrating together. On the Friday evening, we decided we would walk the Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail the next morning. Located in the Peak District, it’s a 8km walk up to Stanage Edge and back across the moors. Not too challenging, but offering beautiful views and the locations visited by Charlotte Bronte that appear in Jane Eyre. The trail also includes the location of the famous scene in Pride & Prejudice (2005) where Keira Knightly stands and looks wistfully over the…

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