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Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 7:48 am    Post subject: If you moved from England to Wales ?  Reply with quote    

Do you consider that you ' Down Sized Abroad ?' when you moved to either Wales or Scotland from England ?
Twenty one years on from our move to our particular part of Wales we definately feel as though we did, how about you?

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

never done it but - when very young and holidaying with parents - they always felt a bit like being abroad. I loved both Wales and Scotland - why did I end up here.......

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You liked sun and paella ?

JohnB



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Location: Beautiful sunny West Wales!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I'm in the process of doing it. I see it partly as trying to get back to the sort of place I was born in, that was ruined by being turned into a new town. Unfortunately the local town are fighting plans for supermarkets to move in, so "progress" may be catching up with me

welshboy454



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Many years ago just before I was born a guy M moved to a farm close by in West Wales from Hereford. He was a very good neighbour always helpful and sociable. About 15 years later I can remember my father and him talking about a local farm which had just been sold.
My father said " a blinking Englishman bought it".
M smiled and said thank you obviously I have been accepted by the community! Realising his faux pas my father said We don't regard you as English you have lived here long enough !

SandraR



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not quite connected but the other day I was asking my husband the maiden name of a farmer's wife as she looked familiar.

'Oh she's not from around here..she's not local, I think her family came from Totnes'


Totnes ...a town about 12 miles away !!

gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

An American potter moved to Holmfirth in Yorkshire ("Last of The Summer Wine"...) and after twentyfive years there he applied for, and won the competition to make and install a large piece of sculpture.

The mayor stood up at the opening and announced that he was very glad that the commission had gone to a local lad.....

He reckons that he has been accepted since then!!

JohnB



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Location: Beautiful sunny West Wales!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This being accepted thing can work both ways. It happens to the locals when their small town becomes a new town. Tens of thousands of outsiders move in, and destroy the local way of life. I felt like an alien in the place I was born.

SandraR



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here you are considered a local if you have three generations buried in the churchyard.

Katieowl



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Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: If you moved from England to Wales ? Reply with quote    

bodger wrote:
Do you consider that you ' Down Sized Abroad ?' when you moved to either Wales or Scotland from England ?
Twenty one years on from our move to our particular part of Wales we definately feel as though we did, how about you?


Hmmm...Interesting question. We did that move six months ago - and I was joking at the time that we had 'emigrated' We went just about as far West as you can without falling off the edge.

Yes it IS different here - but I'd say is more like moving BACK in time than changing country in some ways. The town (Cardi) reminds me more of the locality where I grew up than another country (South London in the 60's) People have a lot more time to be pleasant in the day to day dealings, and seem to use a lot more common sense!

Obviously there is the language difference, and TBH after six months I've found I sometimes can't pick out the Welsh accents anymore which is a bit alarming, so I do have to watch what I say LOL! We are attemping to learn Welsh again, and have signed up for a class. The 'locals' (including MJ and Gervaise who live just up the road) have been very welcoming, and haven't treated us like 'foreigners'

I think the rest of our family would consider it abroad though because of how long it takes to get here ... and it certainly took longer to get DD back to Uni in Nottingham than I would of liked....we were wondering in the car on the way back where else we could have got in a twelve hour trip? Half way round the world?

Regards

Kate

LynneA



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 09 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Moving to Wales is the long term plan, and when we do it will be a return "home".

Although I was born in Hertfordshire and have lived mostly in North London, my mother's side of the family is from the Valleys, and I've felt an outsider wherever I live as a consequence.

Howard escaped West Yorkshire to go to Uni in Cardiff and then stuck around the area for a few years before making his way to London. His mum would love us to move up there, but the place makes me ill (even before I sample her cooking )

Jo S



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 09 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I live in Cardiff.

It's not Wales, it just happens to be located west of the Severn Bridge...

Bebo



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 09 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GSHP wrote:
Not quite connected but the other day I was asking my husband the maiden name of a farmer's wife as she looked familiar.

'Oh she's not from around here..she's not local, I think her family came from Totnes'


Totnes ...a town about 12 miles away !!


Get that a bit around here. Not long after first meeting the next door neighbour he announced that he's spent his entire life within the sound of the bells of Battle church.

I've got more than three generations buried around here, the only problem is there is approximately a 150 year gap between the last one and me moving to the area.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 09 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GSHP wrote:
Here you are considered a local if you have three generations buried in the churchyard.


yeh - I'm considered a 'blow in' to the village cos we came from a neighbouring village

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 09 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Locals don't quite know where to place me as my mother left and married a Yorkshire man and I only returned to this area when I married ' a local boy'. I'm often referred to as Arthur's grandaughter

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