Sunday Tittle Tattle: Why The House Move?

moving house ruth crilly

We’ve moved house. Actually, we’ve more than moved house; we’ve moved halfway across the country, to the beautiful city of Bath. There’s a long-ish story behind this perhaps rather surprising turn of events, but I’ll precis it for you, because it’s an arduous and very boring tale.

I know many people were slightly bemused that we were on the move again. It is, in fact, two years since we moved back into our house after renovating it – those two years have flown by, mainly because so much else has been going on! First there was Baby Angelica, then a year later there was a lovely surprise pregnancy and then there was Baby Ted.

And in the midst of all of this baby chaos, I got seriously itchy feet. I don’t know whether it was some sort of severe reverse-nesting complex, but I couldn’t stop thinking about moving house and I spent hours and hours every day on Rightmove. I wanted a new project, something to really get my teeth into. It started off as an idea for a holiday cottage, something in Cornwall perhaps, or the Isle of Wight – a small business that we could also stay in now and then and (pukes at following term) “make memories”. But Mr AMR, ever the voice of reason, pointed out that I barely had time to have a shower let alone run a holiday let. Or, indeed, even go on holiday.

So it was back to square one, and we decided that we would put the whole property thing on a back-burner until we knew what we really wanted to do. But then we found a house not too far from us, which had quite a lot of land with it, and we were going to do various exciting things with the woodland and grounds. We put our house on the market, sold it on the first day and put an offer in on the new one. Fast-forward three months and – to cut a long story short – our purchase fell through. We were ready to exchange with our buyers, so in a moment of wild abandon, we decided to go ahead and sell our house and deal with the aftermath later.

The aftermath turned out to be the following things: not finding a short-term rental to move into, not finding any rental nearby that would take a dog, not finding any rental anywhere at all that would take a dog and a cat. Oops. Which is how we find ourselves in Bath, in a house we know really well because – before it was rented out – our good friends lived here and we would come to stay. So that’s nice – it’s a bit like a home-from-home, except that it’s not a home-from-home because we don’t have a home anymore! Oh dear. It’s funny how you can make decisions in a really cool and detached way without actually thinking about the reality.

But here’s the twist in the tale: it has actually turned out to be quite a blessing, this move. We had always discussed living further from London, somewhere with lots of space around it, but I don’t think that we would ever had actually made the move had this whole debacle not happened. We couldn’t have ever imagined what it would be like living further away, but renting in Bath gives us the opportunity to get to know the area around it and see whether or not it’s right for us. We’re treating the whole thing as a big adventure. (She says, through gritted teeth, with broken fingernails and two huge spots on her left cheek.)

I’m sure that I will be keeping you well updated with this particular little life event. I have a habit of shrugging things off, in a “no big deal” sort of way, but actually this is quite a big deal.

I recorded this little video the other day, just before we moved. I don’t usually put out films like this, but I thought that if I was going to keep people abreast of my adventures, I may as well start at the beginning. Excuse the minor breakdown midway through – I got a bit overwhelmed and sad. It’s funny, having to say things out loud makes everything very real, doesn’t it? I remember, years ago, having a mandatory counselling session in the run-up to possibly having IVF, and bursting into tears after the first sentence I came out with. I’d never really talked about my feelings openly before, and simply forming the words made me completely fall apart.

Anyway, that’s another tale for another day. Here I am wombling on about house moves:

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  1. September 10, 2017 / 8:13 am

    I wish you’ll be very happy in Bath. Love, Sol

  2. Martina
    September 10, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Best of luck Ruth x

  3. Kate B
    September 10, 2017 / 8:43 am

    I don’t think you’re mad! I’m due to have my first baby next month just before our house renovations start, neighbours have freely commented on how I don’t know what I’m getting into with a new baby etc… but in my opinion, there is no right time! And I have to keep busy with lots of different focuses otherwise I start going a little do-lally!!
    Please share more! There are lots of us in similar ish boats and how fortunate we are that we can create our dreams!!! (Puke!)
    Good luck! X

    • Leticia Warwick Justus
      September 11, 2017 / 2:09 am

      Kate B,
      What a lovely positive comment to leave for Ruth :)
      Ruth,
      Yes, please keep us updated with a week in the life blog & ect. They are so enjoyable. All your adventures in life are so fun to watch and read about.
      Blessings on your new journey!

  4. Deb
    September 10, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Lovely vlog Ruth, I’d love to see more vlogs like this , I’m a nosey so and so.

    Hope everything went well moving to Bath, I love it there, beautiful city!

  5. Catherine
    September 10, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Bless. It will all work out. Nothing is undoable – if it’s not the right location for you – you’ll find another one. And nothing wrong with needing a new project!

  6. Cassandra
    September 10, 2017 / 8:59 am

    All the very best with your next residential project, Ruth! I am not one who loves to move house, so was a little sad that I won’t see that beautiful house as a back drop anymore. But we all move on, and as my wise Mum says, “one door closes another one opens” – literally in your case.

  7. Laura Wright
    September 10, 2017 / 9:01 am

    oh Ruth – I really feel for you watching this – I’m sure you’ll look back on it and see that things happen for a reason and that it was 100% the right thing to do. There are people that talk about doing things and people that get on and do them – you’re the latter and you should be proud of that. Best of luck with it all, please vlog so that we can keep up with your exciting new adventure!! Xx

  8. Lizzclare
    September 10, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Ahh Ruth I could hug you. Everything will be amazing x good luck with the move and house hunting. We plan on moving down that way when our parents are no longer with us with the baby but it would mean leaving my two teen daughters which I don’t think I could bear to do. Your very brave, just be happy

  9. Sandie
    September 10, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Congratulations on your decision to move Ruth!!! I completely related to your post today. I have literally just exchanged on my property after a couple of years dreaming about “selling up and moving on” conflicting with not wanting to make that first giant step into the Great Unknown! Hopefully as soon as I find a flat to rent all this anxiety will fade away; its proving difficult when flats are in high demand and seem to be let out as soon as they come to market!!
    Looking forward to hearing how the AMR family is settling in, when you get your Internet access again. And another ‘Week in the Life of…’ vlog would be a brilliant idea!

  10. September 10, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Wishing you all the luck in the world Ruth. Life is for living a term I really do believe in (yet can not seem to follow since losing my parents this year and last). But taking risks in life can lead to amazing things go for it in the grandest way possible dear.
    Much love to you and your family xxxx

  11. Catherine
    September 10, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Wowww Ruth I can’t believe how you can have the courage to start a new project let alone looking after 2 very small children and pets! it’s totally insane I got to say I salute you for this I’m pretty sure it’s not easy I hope you find an a amazing HUGE PALACE in bath that will definitely rock your boat it’ll give you a chance to explore the huge building that you won’t even have the time to want to do another project too soon
    You must be missing this home where both the children have been growing up, but on the other hand it’s exciting seeing where you end up !
    Best of luck I hope it’s the best decision I really hope you find some extremely beautiful place to call your home you pretty well deserve it
    Keep us posted its a very exciting adventure you’ve chosen Xx
    But good lord I still am shocked your actually doing this again wowww

  12. Kris
    September 10, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Oh, you are moving to such a beautiful part of the country, and closer to your sister (I’m not a stalker, promise!)? I’d recommend looking not just in Somerset for houses but also Wiltshire. Holt, Bradford on Avon, Lacock – all beyond lovely and beautiful. And check out Lacock Abbey and Dyrham Park for toddler/baby days out, I think during winter you can even take dogs. Good luck with the move and on your new adventure!

  13. NIN
    September 10, 2017 / 9:58 am

    bless you ruth!
    you have REMARKABLE energy!!! i got tired only reading about the new home..
    good luck with the new adventure!
    xoxoxoxo

  14. Cath
    September 10, 2017 / 9:58 am

    Oh Ruth, I just wanted to reach into the screen and give you a massive hug when you started welling up.

    All the best wishes from me.

    • Sally Smith
      September 11, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Me too! Good luck Ruth xx

  15. Sofie
    September 10, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Honestly Ruth, I don’t understand why you would to this to yourself. I don’t know how you do this. I have trouble combining a job and … well nothing because I only have to think about me. Best of luck!

  16. Erna
    September 10, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I LOVE YOU RUTH !!!!!
    Please keep us updated and wishing you and your lovely family all the best!!
    Lots of love from Belgium XXX

  17. Bea
    September 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

    What a big surprise Ruth ! But, since you feel this new house project is something you’ve got to do, and your family follows you…its absolutely a very good decision! I totaly understand emotional moments…you leave this wonderfull house where so much beautiful things happened in your life! It would be awkward not to be emotional..The same happened to me whilst buying another CAR recently , can you believe it? Follow your hart, and everything will fall in place! I would love to see vlogs and videos of the exiting moving adventure! Wish you all the luck!

  18. Hannah Ahmed
    September 10, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Hey Ruth,

    I hope you and the whole family are doing well. I have followed you for so long, and it has been great to watch you grow as a person and as a beautiful little family! I know you feel so anxiety and fear – that is normal! But life has thrown this your way because you can handle it and perhaps, there is some unknown good around the corner with this. Someone wise once told me: life makes sense backwards. I live in Bristol and we often pop to Bath for breakfast or coffee (pretty good for both) and it is a beautiful relaxing place. Even if you are only there for a short period, it might bring a sense of calm and peace that helps you plan your next move. You are a very able and talented person, I do not doubt your ability to make a success of this! Also, if it is any consolation I am the same, a total busy body who is always dreaming of the next thing. Dreaming is good, when we stop moving forward in life in many ways, we stop living. Love and well wishes xo

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you Hannah – perhaps we’ll bump into one another. x

  19. Elena
    September 10, 2017 / 11:04 am

    You never got into the office for filming Ruth! ;D All the best for the move.

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Haha, I know! It was never quite right though. *eye roll*

  20. Siena
    September 10, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I love your heartfelt honesty. Almost cried too when watching the video… Glad you are feeling better about the move now and that the new place is treating you well. All the best x

  21. Lea
    September 10, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Oh myyy, Ruth! Your video made me more emotional than I thought it would. Been following your blog since 2011, I think, and always loved seeing what you were up to while trying to navigate through my troubled late teenage years, then, aged 18, moved to Berlin to attend acting school and finally moved to another city this year to work at the theatre.. your blog has always been a nice constant throughout my journey. Wishing you the best for your coming life step. Love that you’re following you’re instincts! XX

  22. Jo.C.
    September 10, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Aww bless you! It will be fine, just go with the flow. I moved house when my girls were 3yrs and 11mths. Although it was 10mins down the road, not miles away. The girls loved the viewing of different properties. Bath is my neck of the woods, such a nice place. Good luck! X

  23. Elena Yeates
    September 10, 2017 / 11:56 am

    You are amazing. I am sure that it will all work out. It is a new adventure and very exciting. Enjoy it, I think it would be harder, if the babies were older, school, their friends…
    We went to Australia for 2 years when my daughter was 2 years old, you could say ‘on a whim’. Got packed in 2 weeks and just went. It was a learning experience for all of us. We don’t regret it.
    Good luck with everything. Yes, I love to see vlogs on everything :)

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Yes, we are here and it’s great. A new lease of life. Thank you! x

  24. Bridget
    September 10, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Ruuuuuth! I have so much admiration for you to just get on and do stuff! You are an inspiration! I’m sure you will love living in Somerset. It’s a beautiful spot X

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks Bridget – I’m feeling quite calm already!

  25. Carolina
    September 10, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Dear, it is going to be ok, I promise, you’re brave and strong and everything is going to be ok!

  26. Jemima
    September 10, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I lived in Bath for five years. Now I live in Bristol. But we are just about to move to the countryside for better schools and so on – just to a lovely village about 45 minutes from Bristol. I really hope that doesn’t fall through! I know how it all feels – and it’s the unknown, too – and with children – it really can be stressful. I hope you’ll enjoy your little adventure – and who knows, you may find out that you love the area. You’ll just have to consider schooling when you do finally find a home you love.

      • NIN
        September 12, 2017 / 9:15 am

        ahahahahahahaha!!!
        i just see the next new plan, comming!!!!

      • Jemima
        September 11, 2017 / 4:41 pm

        Your nosiness is most welcome. We are hoping to move to Winscombe, North Somerset. It’s surrounded by countryside, but is a big enough village to actually have a little library and a few shops and a pub. The schools are lovely nearby. As are Pre-Schools. And Churchill Secondary really is outstanding.

        There’s a lot in that area that would be worth checking out. Because you are nice and close to Bristol and Bath, but you could go really rural if you wanted to!

        My suggestions Bristol/Somerset side would be: Blagdon, Winscombe, Wrington, Langford. Those are all close enough to Bristol and not super super rural.

        If you want super super rural then Devon and Dorset and Exmoor are amazing! Totnes is gorgeous… but that’s getting further and further away from London.

        Enjoy the house hunt! Looking forward to more vlogs. X

  27. Jemima
    September 10, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Also, as I know the area – in case you need any help on deciding what areas are like with children and so on – then I will comment and let you know! I am a rural girl at heart. And even though we back onto woodland here in Bristol, it is not rural enough for me… so I know how you feel. You have to remember that wherever you are, and your pets are, your children are going to be happy.

  28. Donna
    September 10, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Hi Ruth, I think it will be a wonderful new chapter for you and MR. AMR and family. Your current house is beautiful and you’ve done an amazing job on it but I think if you’ve always had ideas of living more in the countryside and further from London then why not! :-) It will be good to do it now and get settled somewhere before Angelica and Ted go to school. I know you’re probably feeling a little bit sad and having mixed emotions being moved from your comfort zone and what you know so well but I think you should look at it as an exciting new adventure! Wishing you the best of luck in your house search – I’m sure you’ll find somewhere amazing! Looking forward to hearing / reading about your journey :-) xx

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Yes, I wanted to do the move before it was something that disrupted their lives too much! x

  29. Anita
    September 10, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Ruth I wish you all the very best in Bath and finding your new home. I am sure you will find somewhere just as nice if not better although I doubt you can make anywhere as nice as your last home, was beautiful. x

  30. Missmouse
    September 10, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    It seems to have hit you like a freight train Ruth, but this too shall pass. It’s incredibly hard taking so much change in your stride and all the inevitable stress and strain that comes with it. But you have many pluses in your favour so do not dwell on the life you didn’t live in that house but on the life you will live in another. Much luck with moving and don’t feel guilty or regretful please. Plough on, upwards & onwards x

  31. Onya1213
    September 10, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Bath. The Cotswalds. Shakespeare. Stratford on Avon. Rambles galore. Centuries worth of distinguished architecture, history, literature. (Did I mention Shakespeare????) I sense another book in the offing…or at least a final edit on the one you’ve already written! I’m so envious, Ruth. What a great adventure for the Family AMR.

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Do not mention the book! Haha. x

  32. Marilyn
    September 10, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I have a brutally candid opinion, so feel free not to take much (or any) stock in it… This probably won’t even be published, and I respect that. I actually felt a little sick when I first read that you are moving again. You have every reason to stay where you are… Excellent nanny (those are very difficult to come by), two very young children, a picturesque countryside landscape, AND a relatively short and convenient commute into the city (w/ excellent hospitals, among other things). By comparison, your reasons for wanting to move further away come across as incredibly self-serving without much (if any) regard for what actually might be best for your family. Frankly, when the home you were going to purchase fell through at the last minute, alarm bells should have been going off… Instead, you made the decision to uproot your children out of their home w/, at the time, no place to go. I wish you and your family the best.

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      I think you may have mis-read: the reason we are in Bath is because we couldn’t find a short term let in our area. Or indeed in any area, that fit our requirements. Luckily we are now in a (frankly) amazing position to buy, so, every cloud and all that! x

      • K
        September 21, 2017 / 11:08 am

        I think Marylin read you correctly. When the house purchase fell through you still had the opportunity to pull the plug on your sale, but decided not to. Well that’s up to you and I’m sure your husband had a say in it, and of course there was no way of knowing that there would be no local rents available at all. I will say that I’m absolutely flummoxed by the initial decision to move, neighbours, nanny, a house you spent so much time and energy on…. I do think you have a very blessed life (good for you), there are many mothers of two who work full time and count themselves lucky to have a roof above their heads…

        • September 21, 2017 / 12:10 pm

          Absolutely! Also a mother who works full time and feels lucky to have a roof over her head!

  33. Angela Guest
    September 10, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Wishing you all the best Ruth good luck in your new surroundings, would love updates or vlogs as and when..Xx

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks Angela, I will try to keep you updated! x

  34. September 10, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    It is quite a big thing indeed, but a wonderful adventure too, and as long as the two of you are completely in it, it will be wonderful in the end.

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Haha, just about – we are speaking again, at least! Hohoho. : )

  35. annie z
    September 10, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Please keep us updated….I constantly dream about moving to the country but wonder how I would cope not being accessible to London. I haven’t actually watched your video yet so hope I’m not being insensitive. X

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      I only need to go in once every while so it doesn’t affect me too much, Mr AMR more so as he goes in every week, but we shall see how it is for him this week as he has a shoot on Tuesday. x

      • Maireaddy
        September 10, 2017 / 8:32 pm

        I work with people in London who commute every day from Bath so it’s achievable! I have to say I was a bit hazy about why you felt the need to move so soon in the first place but, all the best with it.

  36. Marie
    September 10, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Wow Ruth, I loved what you did with that house, it looked amazing, no wonder it was sold on the first day. I have really enjoyed watching your adventures with your two babies there. I look forward to finding out what happens next. I wish you and your little family all the best.

  37. Ivana
    September 10, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Dear Ruth, you just followed your intution. You wouldn’t have renovated the house in the first place if you didn’t already have a desire for change two years ago. In an overall scheme of things it’s good that you have renovated it then, because I’m sure it made it much easier to sell, now that you are about to do the thing that you were supposed to do from the very beginning – move. Best of luck in Bath and keep us updated! X

  38. Nicola
    September 10, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    We are in a similar conundrum, we spent 4 months at the beginning of the year having builders in our house to do a complete renovation and even had to move out, it’s everything I hoped for and then I got a new job and we have to think about moving. At first I was dreading it but I’m coming around and we want somewhere in the countryside. We aren’t brave enough to sell though without finding somewhere! Keep us updated xx

  39. Louisa
    September 10, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Congratulations! I live in somerset (weston-super-mare) and love it as everything (london, devon, cornwall,dorset,countryside,cities) is so close by! Have you been to frome? Its a little market town thats gone very hipster-y and cool – worth a visit! and the outlets nearby!

  40. Gentiana
    September 10, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    All the best, Ruth! It’s going to be just fine! Not easy at first of course, but it will eventually lead you guys to somenthing great!
    Lots of love and good luck,
    G.

  41. Lynn
    September 10, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    NO WAY! We’ve just moved from London to Bath (well, Bathford a village 3 miles out) two weeks ago and although living in complete and utter chaos, we are 100% sure we’ve done the right thing for us and the sprog. No going back now. So many places in and out of the city to explore, such a unique place. Congrats and Happy House Hunting! xxx

  42. Sarah crothers
    September 10, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason and if you have a feeling in the gut of your stomach it’s your instinct. Something was drawing you here so it’s meant to be!! Hopefully you find the place of your dreams soon or a plot of land to build it on!
    Good luck xx

  43. Jan
    September 10, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I really felt for you in your video Ruth, and I wish you all the very best. Exciting times, Bath has such beautiful architecture, but the hills can be a killer. Good luck with it all.

  44. helen
    September 10, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Wishing you all the best in Bath, and I do hope you love it! We’ve just moved further into the countryside after being in Bath for four years and I loved every minute (we’ve not gone far, just into Wiltshire!) and did so with a three-month-old baby in tow! Manic for a small while but definitely settled now.
    There’s so much to do in the area, despite how rural it all is, and getting into London is really pretty easy (plus a it’s the perfect length train journey to get lost in a good book!)
    Best of luck!
    Helen x

  45. Henriette
    September 10, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Dearest Ruth, isn’t it most of the time the women that starts wanting to make a house move? At least, that’s what’s I think, so you’re not alone. Hope that’s a reassurance !
    Further I wish you and your family a very good time in Bath and hope you will find your dreamhouse, where ever that may be!

  46. Alex
    September 10, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Hope you and your family are very happy in your new place and that you find your dream home soon. I have a feeling you’ll love the south west. I’ve recently done the exact opposite to you and moved from Cornwall to a big city with work. I’m very much missing living by the sea and planning a return as soon as I can. The good thing about moving house and going on an adventure is that if it doesn’t quite work out as planned you can always go back! It’s better to try these things and see if it makes you happy, than to never try at all. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventure! Xx

  47. Cynthia
    September 11, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Dear Ruth,

    You are so brave and lovely and I wish you and your family the very best for a safe move to Bath. Your home is wherever you are with your spouse and children… and pets. Embrace the freedom that allows you to explore and live in different places around your country. These adventures really allow you to LIVE and experience LIFE that most of us can only dream of. Your family is always “close by” and I imagine that they can get to you within a few hours by car or train.

    Stay well, get enough rest, and keep us posted with you have a free moment….

    Cheers,
    Cynthia

  48. September 11, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Hope you’re settling in to your new home and finding your feet…I moved from Manchester to rural Cheshire 14 years ago and it took a while to get used to it but when I go back to mcr now it feels dirty and depressing!! I think with internet shopping now you could live anywhere and still feel part of the big wide world!! Your children will have a great life in the country and the fresh air will keep you all well Much love and thanks for sharing how you feel I can really relate to that we are on our 3rd move still staying in similar area for schools but renovating a barn!!

  49. Aurelia
    September 11, 2017 / 10:08 am

    This might be a wonderful thing. If you’re wanting country views and lifestyle, Somerset is going to give that to you far more than, frankly, grim Harlow. Plus, you bought your house for £500,000 and sold it for over a £1m… so you’re in a better position than most people ever will be!

  50. Kirsty Forsberg
    September 11, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Hi Ruth

    Sending you a virtual hug and a friendly welcome to Somerset! I know you are feeling mega anxious about uprooting and setting up home somewhere different, but remember life is for taking chances. Think of it as a new chapter with new adventures! Bath is a beautiful, historical city (pretty compact but with great shops, boutiques and markets) surrounded by gorgeous countryside villages and walks. It’s close to the M5/M4, awesome Bristol is practically down the road too. Not to mention regular trains to Paddington in 1.5 hrs! I live in a rural hamlet approx 15 minutes drive from Bath and my life is idyllic, I am incredibly lucky to have the best of both worlds. Enjoy settling in and exploring your new surroundings and I truly hope that the local pace of life works for you all and that you will ultimately be really happy in this area. x

  51. Sarah
    September 11, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    You’re not mad, honest! I’m always the one telling my husband that we’re moving and did the same as you and am now renovating an old listed farmhouse in between Bristol and Bath. All our moves seemed to coincide with a major life event. It’s currently DIY SOS and I’m 6 1/2 months pregnant. People come to our house and when they clock our belongings amongst the rubble politely say “oh, so you actually live here?!”

    All the best with the move – We live just down the road from The Pig Hotel and I now don’t think you could pay me to move. Close to Brizzle, close to Bath and only a train ride to London. I always take my visiting London pals to The Pig when it all gets a bit too country for them – they joke they can be around their own kind – the weekend DFL brigade (down from London)…so if it all gets a bit much I’d recommend hunkering down in there with a pomegranate chaser cocktail.

    I also was pointed in the direction of a vlogger called Hannah Maggs as a suggestion by YouTube and she seems to have done the same as you as well. Bath is the place to be it seems.

    Enjoy the ride!

  52. Louise
    September 11, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Good luck with finding the perfect home Ruth. It’s a lovely area and I hope you’re enjoying it. Your little ones are so small it won’t bother them to move as long as you’re OK with it, and plenty of time to find the right place. Moving is so stressful though – I hope you’re feeling more settled soon.

  53. September 11, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    good luck to you and your family! Bath is a wonderful city and i can’t wait for some blog posts about your new stomping ground :) x

  54. Liv
    September 12, 2017 / 6:27 am

    As a former military wife who moved 6 times in 8 years repeat after me….” You will survive!” It’s hectic chaos but I promise you will all get through it and learn something new whether it’s about your own resilience or a new part of the country. You’ll make new friends and discover there is life outside your former bubble. Best of luck. Xox

  55. Jemima
    September 12, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Also, I was thinking last night that you are completely doing this at a great time for your children. It is the time to do it, when it isn’t much of an upheaval. It’s the same reason we are doing the move now, because I couldn’t bear the thought of taking my children out of school after they had settled. I hope you’re enjoying Bath. Yak Yeti Yak is a fab Nepalese restaurant to try – lovely, authentic food – haven’t been for years though! And also Demuths for an amazing vegan experience. X

  56. Kirsty Forsberg
    September 13, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Also try Sotto Sotto for a delicious Italian! x

  57. Becky
    September 13, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Best of luck in Bath! I moved from London to Bristol a few years back and absolutely love it. Would definitely recommend a trip to Bristol to explore but also to eat and drink absolutely everything.

    X

  58. Helene
    September 13, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    All the best, dear Ruth. A much needed move, some fresh air, into the wild and unknown, before… what? You’ll see, and it will be SO right. Do keep us updated, or write a book, you’re our talented “rayon de soleil”!

  59. Katy
    September 14, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Ruth I moved from London to Bath about a year ago and while I found it hard for all the reasons you mentioned (being away from family/friends the worst) it is a fab place to live and as lots of others have said there are lovely places both in and around the city that would be perfect for long (or longish!) term family life. I’m always on Rightmove looking at the villages! Our kiddies are very similar ages so happy to help with toddler/baby activity recommendations! And will keep my eyes peeled for you in town :) Plus, I always think there is everything to be gained by stepping outside your comfort zone and being brave – it’s how you move forward in life. So well done you for starting a new adventure x

  60. Minty
    September 19, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Does this mean we will have a lovely review of the Spa from you? Pretty please? I love your writing style – it is friendly, warm, witty and it always feels as if a friend has sent me a chatty email rather than I am reading a strangers blog.
    Maybe serendipity led you to Bath & it’s meant to be? Either way I look forward to reading about your Bath adventures.

  61. Sandra Schia
    September 20, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Hello Ruth
    Though easy to write, don’t worry. It’ll be fine. Bath is beautiful.
    I wish you well. Sandra

  62. Zoe Jeffery
    September 20, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Ruth wow I haven’t been following you for a while, so much change for you how exciting. I am so glad you chose Bath it is such a lovely place to live. I live in a little village just outside best of both worlds. I work up at the Bath Uni. I will keep an eye out for you. I am sure you will be so happy here.

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