Missing the Ocean

A friend of mine asked “Do you miss the coast?” when we told her that we’ve finally moved.  At that time, I said no, especially since we don’t live far from the coast either, although admittedly unlike the old house, it isn’t walking distance anymore.

It used to take us about 5 minutes from our door, especially if Doc and I walked at a steady pace without faltering, we’d smell and hear the ocean even before we could see it. And once near it, Doc would break into a run so fast, there was no way I could keep up with him.  I do miss the ocean.  I do miss it now.

At our new house though, it takes us about 10 minutes to get to the nearest beach by car.  To be fair though, even in the old house, it took about the same amount of time to get to the nearest beach since there wasn’t really a beach in the old village where we lived.  What it has is an ancient harbour with lovely views of the coast.

I repeat, I miss it now, especially when I take Doc out for a walk.  The current house is surrounded by farm land.  Our neighbour owns about 500 hectares of farm land all around us and has kindly told us that we’re free to go anywhere we please on their land.  Actually, if Doc and I kept walking, I know we would reach the beach, but that would mean having to walk all the way back, not something I’d be looking forward to.  Maybe once the summer holiday starts and we could do it as a family adventure, all four of us.

There is a private road to get to our home and there are only 3 houses standing a part from each other, and down that private road is the farm house.  It is lovely and quiet where we live.  All you can hear are the cows and did I mention farmlands?  Loads of that.

To be fair though, Doc doesn’t seem bothered much and loves it here.  He likes having adventures with the cows and looking for the smelliest thing he can roll on.  I don’t even bring his leash when we go out, he’s just running around freely.  When I say it’s time to go home now Doc, he finds his way home ahead of me.

Even though the coast isn’t within walking distance anymore, I wouldn’t exchange the house where we live in right now for anything, unless one can uproot it and plonk it right along the coast, although I’m not sure that’s a good idea either.  Life is all about compromises, isn’t it.

Have you compromised on a house move too?

Do share.


  1. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    That’s so nice you can go out with him not on a lead. We don’t drive so struggle to do this with Jackson. He does go to the park for a good run around though and loves playing with other dogs.
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    • Yes, although the view isn’t as beautiful, it’s lovely for Doc to be able to go out without a lead. I can imagine how “freeing” that must be for him 🙂

  2. Gemma Nuttall

    Love this Dean.
    We live near a town and I long to be near the countryside or the sea. One day we will do it, but for now, the convenience of being able to walk into town and be in London in 25 minutes on the train for husbands work is paramount.
    My heart belongs near the sea…
    Hope you’ve settled well.xx
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    • While I do love living near the coast, I miss the convenience of walking into town and being within 25 minutes to any city 😉 x

    • I do actually also love our new location, but I do miss the old one too 😉

  3. I think if I used to live by the ocean I would have missed it greatly too! I always wished my parents hadn’t moved away from Brighton when I was 1 but then I wouldn’t have had all the opportunities I’ve had. x

  4. Living on, or near the coast is always beautiful! But as you said, sometimes you have to make compromises… And your house with so much land and it being so peace and quiet sounds just beautiful! Xxx

  5. After uni I definitely compromised a lot and now I don’t want to anymore but I would love live surrounded by farmlands or the coast either sounds perfect

  6. Nikki Thomas

    We compromised by not moving from our current home, we would have loved to have moved but we knew that moving would mean a huge expense and a bigger mortgage which we didn’t want, so we decided to stay put. I would love to live near the sea, we are in the Midlands, so at least two hours away. Maybe when the kids are grown up, I will buy a retirement home near the cost.
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    • Wise decisions. We are also lucky I guess, because we’re mortgage free, but you’re right. We did spend a lot with the move and the selling of our house! Too much 🙁

    • It is lovely and I do love the house. While I do miss living 5 minutes away from all that beauty, I love where we are now too.

  7. Laura - dear bear and beany

    I always get jealous reading your posts and hearing about living so close to the coast. Such a beautiful part of the country. It sounds like you have a lovely home in the perfect spot x
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  8. Coffee & Bubbles

    To be honest, it sounds like heaven! I’d do anything to be there surrounded by rolling green fields with the smell of fresh sea air. Lovely!

    • It is lovely here, even though we’re not so close to the ocean anymore. I do love it here.

    • It is indeed, though I must admit I miss the maddening chaos of city life sometimes 😉

  9. I have had to compromise on my move too.Yours is far more picturesque than mine though beautiful.

  10. Fashion and Style Police

    I love the smell of the sea. Sounds like you live in an amazing area. I always miss old homes when I move into new ones.

    • I don’t really miss our old home. It was getting too small for us, especially when my daughter had her friends over for a play-date. I love our new home now, but do miss the 5-minute walk to ocean views 🙂

    • But there are loads of beautiful parks in London. I miss the chaos of city living 🙂

  11. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    It must have been awesome to live so close to the coast.
    Our home is situated amongst countryside too, it truly is something else when you can walk for miles and have it all to yourself isn’t it 🙂

    • It truly is. I do love the countryside, although admittedly I do miss the maddening rush of city living too.

    • You are so right. Oh well, like I said, life is so full of compromises. Having that said, I do love our new house 🙂

  12. Beautiful scenery you’ve got there. I have had to move house leaving my spacious kitchen and garden for a smaller one. I missed my old home but was relatively happy and content with my new one. Isn’t life full of compromises?

    • You’re so right. Life is indeed full of compromises. I guess as long as you’re happy with what you have which clearly you are and so am I 🙂 So I guess, it isn’t that bad after all.

  13. Hi Dean, we used to live so close to the sea , the sound and smell of it became normal and it wasn’t until we moved slightly more inland that I noticed we couldn’t here it anymore. However on a quiet night, especially in winter we can still here the waves crashing and the closest beach is less than a ten minute drive.

    Your compromise could have been worse, the farmland sounds perfect for Doc to run and explore in and the beach isn’t too far away. Can you still hear it from where you live now?

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    • On a clear day you can actually see the sea behind our house. And yes, when it’s really quiet you can hear the waves too. xx

  14. Mariesbeauties

    Wow I would love to live a life living by the coast. Your very lucky. Great post!

  15. Kerry Norris

    I’ve only moved once so I haven’t had to compromise yet. Glad doc likes it though x

  16. Helen @ Fuss Free Living

    I live in central London and when I am by th sea I feel I can breathe again. Shortly off for a week in Cornwall and cannot wait.
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    • I do hope you enjoy your stay here and hopefully the weather will be as lovely as it is right now 🙂

  17. chickenruby

    After spending 4 years living in Johannesburg, a 6 hour drive from the beach, we really missed it. now we live 1km from the beach in Dubai but it’s just too hot to go down there
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    • I can imagine how warm it must be! Actually I miss that kind of heat 😉

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