Hello hope you have been having a good week so far 🙂 I spent my time this week finalising the details on my new home in Southsea. It’s a very big move for us, having lived in our current house for 13 years. When my hubby started his job last year, the thought of managing three days seemed great. My hubby was getting a pay rise he deserved, he was to travel on a Monday morning and come back on a Wednesday night. This was fine for a few weeks then the travel hit him like a ton of bricks. So it was decided he would travel down on a Sunday afternoon so he wouldn’t be so tired starting work Monday morning. After nearly a year this was ok, but Wednesday nights was a long drive home usually 5.5 hours after a day at work.

Even though I said I wouldn’t move, even I could see this wasn’t good for my husband. He was tired, already I could see an impact on his health. Looking around in half term I felt slightly deflated by living somewhere that didn’t have a vibrant city on its doorstep. Seeing a beautiful house on the Isle of White, it got me thinking that we could really make this work. Living on an island seemed idyllic, but then the travel would affect hubby again and all of a sudden we hit a dead end.

Finding Southsea was interesting to me. There are plenty of Interior shops and it is full to the brim of Independents. I found the house first, a Georgian townhouse on 4 floors, the kind like in the film Jack & Sarah and just what has always been a dream for us to live in. Having wonderful spaces to display our furniture, it seemed ideal. I spent quite a while researching the area. We travelled down on a dreary Bank Holiday and walked quite a way around the town. Loving the house and it’s location the fact it’s a very short distance to the common green and sea means there are lots to do there, we have fallen in love with the area and hoping we are going to enjoy this new venture.

So we are moving quite a distance away, but my heart will always stay in the north and especially Sheffield. I know I won’t be able to keep away, plus the fact my son is living there means I will be up in Yorkshire as much as I can. My usual places I visit will not even realise I have been anywhere else, apart from maybe more colour in my cheeks as apparently Southsea has a micro climate, and has great temperatures yay! At the moment I am planning every day so I can clear out as much rubbish and decide what I am taking with me to Hampshire. This is an ideal time to declutter, and oh boy I am going to use that as my ultimate weapon.

At the weekend I visited Peddler market on the Saturday with a good friend. We ventured there in the afternoon and drank ale and cider, tucking into street food while discussing life and people watching. There seemed to be so many more dogs there this time 🙂 what I loved the most was seeing the finished piece by Jo peel in the Depot Bakery. I remember talking to Natalie the co-owner of Tamper, about how she was looking to do something with Jo down at the Depot and it is just so good to see in the flesh.

Sunday was spent travelling up to the big house Wentworth Woodhouse, to help volunteer for the Artisan Food Event they were holding all weekend. 120 stalls of delightful food, with so many other stalls of craft teas, handbags, fragrance lamps and so much more. I absolutely love this house. Watching it from a distance as a little girl, I used to imagine what it would be like inside and think about how grand the rooms would be. In all honesty I just don’t think the public understand just how amazing this house is. Having 365 rooms to boast about and a wonderful history, which had rumours last year of being turned into a film (oh yes please!) I think there is going to be so much more to come from this place, keep your eyes peeled!  To think the house has now been sold to a trust, that it will be a place our children will be able to visit gives me great joy. That is why I loved the opportunity to help out there and try and raise much-needed money for repairs and future projects. I met a man from Edinburgh, who loved the house as much as me. Travelling all the way from Scotland to volunteer at the house and dedicate his time was just lovely and inspiring. While I was out volunteering around the grounds outside I came across a fab little boutique type stall that was selling gorgeous babywear and toddler wear they were called Olive Made. I have a 5 baby christening at the end of the month and saw these cute bibs that just had to be purchased. Personally, I think these are going to go down a treat with the cute babies. I just can’t wait to take a picture of them all wearing them!

Pottering around I also bought some Blue Lagoon tea that is actually Blue. It has a light taste and texture to it so I thought I would give it a try. Oh boy, this tea is cool because it is the brightest Blue you have ever seen but also has a gentle taste. You can find this tea at Craft Tea Company, I just wish I had more time and money to try more.

Please check my blog this wknd as I give a review of the new play on at the Montgomery Theatre In Sheffield ‘The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!’ I am so excited to be seeing this tomorrow night 🙂 Plus I haven’t ever seen the Interiors, I am looking forward to the whole experience.

Have a great week xx

 

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36 Comments

  1. hannah

    May 11, 2017 at 10:24 am

    All the best for your new home, hope it all goes well for you

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thank you 🙂 x

  2. Gareth Torrance

    May 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Those bibs are really cute! They’d look great on my daughter!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Great buy honestly 🙂

  3. Tanya Brannan

    May 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    My sister lives not too far from Southsea and we go and visit all the time. It is easy to pop to the Isle of Wight for a day trip too. Love those bibs and I am now off to look up the blue tea!!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      ooh love the sound of a day trip and let me know when your next down there I would love to meet you x x

  4. Sarah Bailey

    May 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Good luck with your move I hope it is the start of a wonderful new adventure for you family.

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Sarah bit stressful right now but will be worth it x

  5. Joanna

    May 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I love finding little places for decor. All the best for your move to your new home and that it goes well.

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Thank you x

  6. Ali Rost

    May 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I hear you about decluttering. It’s crazy how much all of the stuff adds up! Moving is such a great excuse to rid ourselves of all of it. I wish you the very best with your move!

  7. Rhian Westbury

    May 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

    One of my friends lives in Southsea and she loves it, I always love going to visit her as well. It will be a culture shock to move but I’m sure you’ll settle right in x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Ah thanks Rhian I just loved to look of it, as I love Independent shops 🙂 I think I will settle in ok x

  8. Melanie

    May 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The depot Eatery looks cool and I love Georgian townhouses 🙂 x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Me too can’t wait x

  9. Becca Talbot

    May 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I hope the move into your new home goes well – lots of love x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Thanks so much bit stressed right now but will be worth it x

  10. Anna nuttall

    May 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have heard of the Depot Eatery before from someone. Good luck with your move. xx

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

      It is a fab eating place if your in Sheffield 🙂

  11. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    May 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Moving is a great excuse to de-clutter and have a fresh start, good luck to you and your family in your new home 🙂

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Hun x

  12. Dani

    May 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The Olive Made bibs are so cute!
    I might need to get one for my nephew 🙂

    Dani x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      They are cute aren’t they? and also very good quality x

  13. Stephanie Cummings

    May 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Good luck on your move, let it be the start of a whole new adventure x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      I believe so x

  14. Ayesha Farhad

    May 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    OMG the bibs are so cute! Good luck with your move!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thank you x

  15. Jessica

    May 13, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Good luck with your move.I wish you the best.

  16. Kira

    May 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The Artisan food event sounds amazing! I love events like that! Best of luck with the move 😀

  17. Yaya

    May 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    All the best with the move! We moved from Cambridgeshire to Lancashire about a year and a half ago and it’s been a great move. My husband would also commute for work and it ended up taking a toll. All the best! X

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Ah thank you it’s nice to hear other people’s stories glad you have settled well in your move x

  18. danasia fantastic

    May 15, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Making the decision to move is so difficult, but it sounds like you made the right choice!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Hope so thank you hun x

  19. Helen at Casa Costello

    May 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I have GOT to try some blue tea! Sounds incredible. Wishing you all the best with your new life – Hopefully in a few months you will feel it was the best thing you ever did!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      May 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I didnt think I would like the Blue tea but its so light and its such a cool tea to have 🙂 x

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