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The Places That Made Me

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. I’m feeling inspired. Luckily we’re heading into a long weekend in these parts so I can spend some nice refreshing time sat at my glorious desk and writing lots of posts.

One thing a few people mentioned is that talking about my non-knitting life is fine, which is something I’ve struggled with before when writing here. I try to find the line so I don’t overshare (I can be prone to it) but I think I’ve stayed too far over on the wrong side. I’m going to be more open about things going on – within reason, of course.

In April I went back to England, as I’ve mentioned before. It was my first trip back there after emigrating. It was a strange, beautiful, and busy time and I’m still recovering from the huge amounts of socialising I did there. I came back inspired right down to my toes, and if I show you a few pictures of my place of origin you might see why.

Weymouth and Portland are a very strange set of towns. Weymouth is a beach town; a tourist resort that’s semi-comatose in the winter and unbearably packed with sunburnt people in the summer. Portland is the island (tombolo) that hangs off the edge of the town, and it is where I spent the first sixteen years of my life, at which point I stormed off to live with my Dad in Upwey (a village on the outskirts of Weymouth).

Living in Dorset comes with its own strange truths, and though I don’t miss living there, I love going back. It’s beautiful. It’s steeped in history. It’s really, really strange.

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Yes, we have actual thatched cottages (Upwey)
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My favorite place to go (Upwey Wishing Well)
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The harbour front (Weymouth)
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Town Bridge (Weymouth)
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Weymouth beach – or part of it. It’s huge.
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My nephew and I stand on the soft sand. I was jetlagged & confused, but needed to be on the beach.
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Sandsfoot castle with Portland behind it. 15 minute walk from my Dad’s house.

The best part about visiting (beyond seeing the people I love and miss) was coming home. Stepping off that plane and back onto Canadian soil – or concrete – and realising that I did it, I made it here. I moved countries and it worked out.

I’ve been here nearly two years now, plus an extra year back in 2012 when I came over the first time. I know I belong here, but I will never forget the place that made me.

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6 thoughts on “The Places That Made Me

  1. I’m a Southampton girl myself 🙂 but I know Weymouth very well, spent many a summer day on the beach, just a short two hour train ride for golden sands. I’m glad your move worked for you 🙂

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  2. I think this is my most favorite of your posts!! It’s like you took me there with you and back home again. I love the pictures and wish I could go visit the wishing well myself. When I’m able to get pictures this summer, I would like to show you Alton, and what I love best about living here, to repay you for your wonderful post! Happy to hear that Canada suits you fine.

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  3. I loved the pictures. Pictures always add something whether they’re of your projects or your destinations. It’s good to tell a little about yourself as a person. One of my dreams is to make it to England, Ireland, and Scotland for a visit. I have a friend met about 20 years ago via the internet, that lives in Dorset. Love the thatched roofs. And the castle remains.

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