“I Wonder If Such A Place Exists”




A guest post from our regular commenter the Mighty Oz .. this is a specially positive piece for the Christmas season, so if there any comments , please let them be positive also …


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Sometimes, in those quiet moments, we all wonder what it would be like if we moved away to somewhere new. For those among us that like to make lists then a set of requirements is a must. So, what would I like in my new town?

First and foremost a town that is safe for my family and friends, somewhere that is reasonably affluent populated by enterprising, hard working people. A place that has some history, maybe an old market town that has managed to retain that feel. A weekly market would be great, perhaps some places to meet for a coffee afterwards.A vibrant high street, not a run down place full of For Sale boards, a good selection of places to eat and drink.

Who knows, maybe a place that has a beautiful church in the High Street, a windmill, a tree lined high street with flower beds and hanging baskets in the summer, that’s a tall order !

Now, Location, Location, Location, not too far from London, say, 1hr max but also far enough away so that I can explore the local countryside, how about marshes and salt flats that stretch for miles? Maybe even near to a seaside resort for some fun in the summer.

Must have thriving library, an Arts Centre and maybe a town museum…not to mention sufficient car parking when I visit.

Well, that’s quite a list of requirements, I wonder if such a place exists ?



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  • Bruce @ 1
    Do you actually read or understand what’s going on here ? The object of the exercise is to focus on some of the positives. Normal whinging to be resumed after Christmas, suggest you post again then….

  • Well done Oz – a nice little twist in the way you have pitched it, I particularly liked the bit of history reference ( you could have mentioned the opportunity to stroll in lanes unchanged for hundreds of years – Rawreth Lane / London Road )….full marks though……JIM.

  • I think the beautiful photograph gives a real indication of what we, in the Rayleigh Action Group, want our future generations to enjoy. A landscape that hasn’t been subject to massive urban sprawl in an area that residents value and want to call ‘home’.

  • Seriously , my own silly bit of positivity :-
    I read a lot , and one of my favourite authors is Laurie Lee ( ie: Cider with Rosie ) and my favourite of his is ‘When I walked out one Midsummer morning ‘ – his walk from Oxfordshire to the South of Spain ( 1930’s ).
    It made a big impact on me and I’ve often thought that tracing his steps would be nice –
    Yesterday evening I stumbled on a new book ( via Kindle ) and someone has done it and written a book called ‘ When I walked out in search of Laurie Lee ‘ , don’t know why but it really pleased me – I’m half way through already ????

  • Jim @ 4, thanks mate, glad you enjoyed it and Linda @ 5, thank you for your kind words about the photo, it was actually taken from our bedroom window. ????????????

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