I moved to Brighton just over a year ago, after 5 years of being an honorary weekend resident. It scared me moving to a city where I didn’t know anyone at all. Yet equally, it was exciting as we turned the page into a new chapter in our lives. I was worried that I would miss London, that I would miss living a stones throw away from my best friends, and having everything on my doorstep. I shouldn’t have worried at all, because Brighton ROCKS and I have loved every moment.
The sea is totally calming
Ever since I first clapped my eyes on Dawson’s Creek, I wanted to live by the sea. Actually I very much wanted to live by a creek specifically but they’re harder to come by in this neck of the woods. Being a first time mum is the ultimate test of how calming the sea can be. Some days I have had 2 hours sleep and am a walking zombie, and yet seeing the sun glistening on the sea makes me take a deep breath and feel very lucky that I live here.
The people are friendly
My big worry when moving to a city where I didn’t know anyone, was meeting other mums, or just other humans that I can converse and interact with. We are lucky to live sandwiched between 2 lovely parks and every time I venture out, people always give a friendly smile. This might seem like a small thing, but when you have an uncontrollably screaming baby, you appreciate that kind of thing! I was also pleasantly surprised to meet people at baby groups, as I had dreaded going to them. It was the people around me that made me feel a little less isolated with a small baby.
The independent shops
I love the Laines and their quirky shops. I’m all for supporting these shops and in particular love Lavender Room for gorgeous jewellery and hand-painted crockery. My second favourite is Snooper’s Paradise which is a flea market style shop and is just wonderful. I could spend hours getting lost in there and have a beautiful lamp from there, which my other half bought me years ago. I’ll never get tired of spending the afternoon walking round the Laines and having a mooch around – in fact I bought Emma a lightweight buggy especially for this purpose as our pram was too wide for the narrow pavements!
We don’t have a garden so I’ll always be grateful for the amazing parks Brighton has to offer. The one pictured is my favourite, Queen’s Park, which has a pond with ducks and swans. Emma loves going here and I do too. We are also lucky that we live right round the corner from another that has a view all the way down to the sea…impressive as we are a 25 minute walk to the seafront! It’s not taken long to realise that these parks are like a lifeline for me, it’s now become a morning ritual to go to the park and Emma loves it.
The sunny days
I’ll be the first to admit that on the rainy days, Brighton becomes a scene out of an Armageddon movie, with crazy winds all the stones off the beach mysteriously jump onto the boardwalk. But when it’s sunny, it is glorious! You know when this has happened because there is a big mob of people sunbathing on the beach and the traffic goes a bit mental. Thankfully we have back-up plans for quieter places to go in this event 🙂 Sunshine makes everything quite lovely!