June in Review

Seeing as my last post was almost a month ago, I thought I owed No Space For Milk a little life update. So here are a few things that have happened since I last posted because June was a pretty busy month.

I moved out

Last week I moved out of the best little place I’ve ever lived. It will always have a special place in my heart as the first place that Brandon and I lived together and I’ll miss its weird blue lighting in the bathroom, and the fact that it was constantly the same temperature of hell.

I got a job

June was the month I had three job interviews and then had to make some difficult decisions as I received three job offers. I’ve now finally decided which job to take and I can’t wait to start it come September.

I started my final nursing placement 

The relief of being offered a job turned quite quickly into panic when I realised that was actually only 11 weeks from qualifying as a nurse as I’ve just started my final placement. 11 weeks has now turned into 9 and the terror is definitely setting in.

I visited Germany 

I’ve been desperate to go back to Germany since I lived there in 2014 but for one reason or another it never came to fruition until last month. My uni friend and I visited our other friend who now lives in Germany permanently and we spent the most wonderful weekend in Köln, drinking Kölsch by the river, seeing Germany win one of their World Cup matches and eating our weight in waffles. I also happened upon a Köln section of Primark which was obviously very exciting and came away with some very touristy clothing.

I discovered my new home 

Last, but definitely not least, I visited the South West which will become my new home from September. I visited Bristol, Taunton and Bridgwater with Exeter being the next stop on my South West tour. I can safely say I love it down there and have already become rather fond of the Somerset accent.

What did you get up to in June? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Fresh Starts, Cider Headaches and Home

I like gravy on my chips. I don’t wear a coat on nights out, regardless of how cold it is outside. And you’d better believe I have a bottle of Henderson’s Relish in the cupboard AT ALL TIMES.

The secret’s out. I’m a Northerner. But in the next few months I’ll be swapping God’s Own Country for Somerset.

The best part of all of this is that I’ve never set foot even close to Somerset. The furthest south of England I’ve been is London, I literally have no clue what the West of the country is like. So you might wonder why exactly I’m moving to a random place in the country (notably famous for cider which gives me a headache) with no experience of it.

Let me answer that with the truth. I don’t really know either. I admit, it sounds a little like I’m under some witness protection programme or I’m running away from a crazy situation but honestly I just want a fresh start. And my craving for pastures new is nothing unusual for me.

I’ve never been the kind of person who feels at ‘home’ in one particular place. My wanderlust far exceeds any longing to be in one place for a period of time. If I wasn’t so partial to baths and bookcases, I’d quite happily live out of a caravan for the rest of my life, never staying in one place for too long.

I’ve lived in 10 different houses in 5 different towns across 3 countries.

There was my childhood home, a place that almost feels like another life. Leaving old homes feels a bit like grief. I don’t remember what the doors sounded like when they shut or how the floorboards creaked. But when I conjure the image up in my head I feel warmth.

Then there’s the ‘new house.’ A place my parents don’t even live anymore but will always feel ‘new’ because it was never really home for me. At the same time, I was living in the squalor of student houses. 7 years, 6 awful, damp, unwashed plate filled, sticky tabled houses in England, Germany and the Netherlands and finally a nice flat.

Which brings me to now. In four months I’ll be living somewhere that I don’t even know exists yet, starting a new life, a fresh start, a whole new chapter. It’s exciting and scary and I’m ready for a lifetime of new ‘homes’ wherever they may be.

What does home mean to you? Let me know in the comments. 

Rachel x-x-x

 

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Having been born in Lincolnshire and then lived in two of the big Northern cities, Sheffield and Leeds, it’s fair to say I’ve lived a rather Yorkshire-fuelled existence.

There are so many places I love in the North so let’s jump right into my faves.

Scarborough

Is it cheating if I pick a whole town as one of my favourite places? I hope not because Scarborough is a firm favourite for me. As a child I spent almost every other weekend in Scarborough at my Grandparent’s house, so it’s a place that’s filled with happy memories for me. I recently went back to visit and it still held the very same charm as it did more than 15 years ago for me. (Wow, that makes me feel old!)

Whitby

Yeah, it’s another seaside! I only recently visited Whitby and I loved it. Whitby Abbey is so beautiful if you can hack the stairs up to it! (It’s worth it, because the view is amazing!). It also has a music festival and loads of Gothic events inspired by Bram Stoker who dreamt up the famous character, Dracula while he was staying in Whitby.

Ladybower Reservoir, Sheffield

If I’m ever stuck indoors and I feel the urge to get out, I head straight to Ladybower Reservoir in Sheffield. I’ll think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves here.

Chester Zoo

How could I write a list of my favourite places in the North and not include a zoo? Chester zoo is amazing. Just look at the elephants! When my boyfriend asked where I wanted to go for my twenty second birthday, this was the first place I thought of!

Cleethorpes Beach

Having spent 18 years of my life living 10 minutes from the seaside, it’s pretty weird feeling somewhat landlocked now I live in Leeds. So maybe Cleethorpes isn’t the prettiest or warmest of beaches but it still has fish and chips, great ice cream and the slotties so it has to be up there on my favourites.

To check out some other people’s favourite places in the North check out the Not So Grim album here!

And let me know your favourite Northern places in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

 

 

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