Appledore

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It’s been a while since my last post. It’s totally because I moved house and I am not getting my act together except to exist on a daily basis and explore a little. Life has changed completely, from living in a busy town to a quintessential little village with a lot less going on. I am still in Kent but a very different part of Kent. We had considered many things like not having a variety of shops, but we are still getting used to not running out of important things and taking a drive to the nearest town means planning to buy a few items just to make the journey worth it. Of course, this doesn’t count the driving around to explore, which is what we have been doing plenty of in our down time.

This signpost in the next town seems to show the crossroads I have reached. I was born in Hastings, lived in a London borough (albeit actually within the County of Kent), and now I am in Appledore. Lots of history here and abouts, I might even pop the odd snippet here on my blog from time to time as I make my own history!

We are not straight in the house by a long way but we are getting there. I am still dithering in particular about how to store all my craft things so they are accessible. I am not rushing things but it does mean it isn’t easy if I have to search through a variety of boxes for something. So far I have stuck to knitting the one baby blanket I had started just before we moved. I was going to make bunting for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee but I ran out of time so put up some I already had (a lovely gift a few years ago from my sister in law).

We’ve been going for little strolls in the village, towards the canal or over the fields. We’ve popped into the little tea room too – well, why not? – it might be a few doors down from where we live but you can watch the world go by and say a little hello to friendly neighbours too. There is a long way to go before I feel completely settled. At first I thought things were just too different but maybe I am starting to find my feet a bit. Glorious sunny weather helps it feel a little like being on holiday and we haven’t tackled any projects within the house yet!

Yesterday we even popped to the beach for a picnic tea after hubby finished work. I think inspiration could be on the cusp, just need to get a bit more organised before I knuckle down to something other than relaxing. Love to read what others have been thinking about or actually getting up to. Some days the days here are long and seem slow and then the day is over and I can hardly remember what I’ve been up to. Other days just whizz by!

Sitting in the dunes above Camber Sands beach

9 thoughts on “Appledore

    knittingjane said:
    June 21, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds wonderful. All that exploring and finding your feet. Welcome to your new home xx

    shazza said:
    June 21, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Some friends of mine once went on holiday to Appledore. Hope you get settled in soon. It sounds a lovely place. Are you nearer to the sea than where you lived previously? X

      tinaor responded:
      June 22, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      I wonder whether your friends went to Appledore in Kent or Appledore in the West Country – only wondering as many people have presumed there is only the other one! I kind of hope it was ‘my’ one as it’s nice round here! Nice question about are we nearer/further to the sea now. We lived in three different houses growing up. I have memories of walking to the beach from the second house – it took more than half an hour downhill (and a killer uphill homeward bound!), then from the third house maybe about 10 minutes. Now it would be a long slog to walk to the beach – about 15/20 mins in the car – though if you were that way inclined I guess it could be a healthy bike ride (you won’t be hearing about bike riding from me though!).

        shazza said:
        June 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

        Ohh I am not sure which Appledore they went to, I didn’t know there were two. It’s a lovely name. 20 mins by car isn’t bad. So are you near Dungeness?

    tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles and smiles said:
    June 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Big change in life but looks like a wonderful place. You will get settled in eventually and I hope you are very patient with yourself 🙂
    For now enjoy those beautiful strolls!

      tinaor responded:
      June 22, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you Tierney. I am trying to be patient as much as I can – my husband thinks I am good at relaxing – he says he can leave me lounging in the room, walk out for ages, come back and I haven’t moved a muscle! I know at times that I am impatient though – usually when I am frustrated – there is the odd smattering of that from time to time I admit. I shall continue to stroll and meander and today I found somewhere new just for me – not for us as a couple – a fabric shop and knit club about 25 mins drive away in a town I’d never been to before. Oh my, lovely shopping trip today!

    quiteayarnblog said:
    June 23, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Good to see you back in the blogosphere! Glad to hear your move went well 🙂 It looks like a lovely village – looking forward to seeing more of it!
    And yes, take it easy on yourself. Moving is really hard!

      tinaor responded:
      July 6, 2022 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you

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