As the name of my blog suggests (southoftherivermum) I live south of the River Thames in a leafy part of London between Herne Hill and Dulwich Village.
It has all the benefits of living in zone 2 of London without any of the drawbacks. As I’m sitting at my laptop writing this I have the sliding doors open to the garden and all I can hear are birds singing and the odd aeroplane going over and I can’t hear a single car! There are three parks within a ten minute walk which are Brockwell Park, Dulwich Park and Sunray Gardens for when we want to kick a ball around or meet with friends for a picnic. (we are meeting friends in Brockwell Park after school today)
I hate driving, well it’s not actually the driving I hate but the in and out of the car seats and the arguments over who is going to sit in the front. As a result we don’t use the car very often though as we can walk to school, to the park, to the local shops and delis as well as the doctor, dentist, optician, hospital and also my choir and. Riverford delivers our vegetables and fruit and Ocado delivers everything else so we only really get in the car to visit friends and family who live further away.
And did I mention schools? We have some great schools within a couple of miles of home inccluding JAGS, Alleyns and Dulwich College. This can be a bit of a mixed blessing though as although they are our local schools they are very popular so competition is fierce. 8yo and 5yo are already there and Little T has his assessment in January. As the children get older they will have all their school friends within walking distance. I hope to have a fairly open house where their friends can drop by and have supper together before they head out together.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love the countryside. We went to visit my sister who lives in Yorkshire for her daughter’s christening at the weekend and the scenery doesn’t get more beautiful than that. I also visit my other sister in Suffolk and friends in on the beach in the Witterings. I grew up in a village in Surrey and went to a boarding school in the middle of no-where and we were allowed out of the grounds to walk 1/2 hour to the sweet shop on a Thursday and to Church on a Sunday. I remember making friends on holiday and being in awe of anyone who said they lived in London.
Some friends are talking about moving out of London to the home counties but I can’t see us moving. OH has lived in London all his life as he was born in Clapham and only moved out to go to uni in Manchester where we met so I think we are both townies through and through.
Here are the other entries in this carnival:
Isil at Smiling Like Sunshine tells us Home is where the heart is.
Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window In My Head posts Why Do I Live Where I Do?
Scribbling Mum explains why she lives where she does.
Jacq from Mymumdom posts about why she lives in London.
Rachel at Midlife Singlemum tells us Why she lives in Israel.
Kelly at Domestic Goddesque tells us about Wonderful, wonderful Bromley, and why I live there.
Bibsey Mama gives us 7 reasons to live in Spain in Cool España.
Helen at Cheeky Wipes tells us There’s Always a Compromise.
Jenny at The Gingerbread House tells us about her home in Our house.
Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family tells us Home is Where The Heart Is.
Jax at Live Otherwise/Making it Up explains Why I live here. Right here. In this house.
Emma at MummyMummyMum tells us about where she lives.
Cara at Freckles Family posts Where I Call Home.
Merry at Patch of Puddles writes Why I Live Where I Live.
Pure Lanzarote tell us the reasons for their choice in Why live in Lanzarote?
Ella at Notes From Home explains her choices in Why we live where we do.