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I have been living at Herne bay for 13 years now, and it feels like home to me. Read on to find out why

More about My Life

For the benefit of anyone living outside the UK, Herne Bay is a small seaside town, situated on the south east corner, in the county of Kent. The advantages of this are, we often miss the rain, as it peters out before it reaches us, and during the summer, we enjoy warmer sunshine than the rest of the country. As I write this now, with temperatures which are still very cold, I am looking forward longingly to Spring, the sunshine , the blossoms on the treees, and the first sign of snowdrops and daffodils.

I have lived here for the past 13 years, but my involvement with Herne Bay goes back much further than that. In the 1950s, my father, who was a builder, firstly started off with a caravan on a piece of land, and then built us a holiday bungalow on the Studd Hill estate. We visited as often as we could, and I enjoyed many fun times in our holiday home

In the 1970s my parents retired here, buying a bungalow in Grand Drive. We continued to visit with our children, and my father, who remarried when my mother died in 1977, remained at that bungalow until his death in 2002 at the age of 93. My father actually outlived my husband, who died in 1997 at the age of 53 very suddenly.

The New Millenium was my time to move on

By the year 2000, not only was my Dad getting frailer and losing his sight, he was also no longer abe to drive. I had tried very hard to move on since my husband's death 3 years earlier, but living in a house that had so many memories, of both John, and my beautiful daughter Anita, who had died 3 months previously to him , was hard, and so I made the decision to move. I would be more readily available to support my dad, because my step mum didn't drive, and I would be in a different environment, that was not unfamilar to me.

I do believe that God has a plan for us all. I had resisted all attempts by friends and family to join a a club,, or go out on dates, it all still felt so raw, but maybe helping my dad would keep my mind off my grief.

I had never bought a house without John before, the idea was terrifying, but somehow I coped, and was so lucky that when I put my own house up for sale it was sold immediately. I moved into a house that was only a few years old, situated in a nice road leading to Bishopstone Glen and the beach.

It was the best thing I ever did

I am so glad that I took that plunge because I was destined to meet the man whom I now share my life with. There he was , building a bungalow right next door to my dad's bungalow, so every time I visited, he smiled, and said "Hallo", and our friendship progressed from there.

Not only has he given me a lot of support in rebuilding my life, he has also helped me to realise my dream. When John was alive, our dearest wish was to buy a piece of land and build out own house, but we never had the opportunity, or the money.

But things change when you get older, and meeting someone who could build houses, who also allowed me to have a say in the design of it was wonderful. I managed to find a piece of land with a sea view, something I had only dreamed off before, and Keith set to work.

That was in 2007, I have been living here now for 6 years, and not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the way my life is now. I can never forget what happened, but with help I have managed to rebuild my life, because no matter what happens to us, we have to move on.
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1950S, Bungalow, Coastal Area, Friendly People, Herne Bay, Holidays, Keith Community, New Housing Developments John, South East England, Studd Hil, Sunny, Warm, Weather

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author avatar Carol
I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Feb 2013 (#)

Precious Carol . I love this kind of ..happy ending story ..
May you and Keith enjoy many years together .
God bless you both .
Stella

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author avatar Carol
28th Feb 2013 (#)

oh bless you Stella, many thanks. x

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Feb 2013 (#)

Just heartwarming, reading your story Carol. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Steve, just wanted to share my new life with my friends

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author avatar Susan Jane
1st Mar 2013 (#)

What a beautiful story. You are deserving of all you have now and of the wonderful past that is part of you life. We all have to move on at various times. This story has inspired me to write one about "moving on" - something that is happening to me right now in my life. Stay tuned.

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Hi Susan. I would love to read your story when it's done, and thanks for reading mine.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Carol from your wonderful writings I have always felt I knew you, and thought, what a lovely person... you inspire me with your insights ...lovely article my friend:0)

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Oh bless you Delicia, and I feel the same with you, your wonderful poetry and images are a joy to read.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Touching real life story with a happy ending despite some rough rides. So happy that you shared this with us all and enriched us thereby, Carol - siva

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2013 (#)

You are welcome Siva, thanks so much for reading.

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author avatar Buzz
1st Mar 2013 (#)

How very romantic your love story is, dear Carol! Thenks for the share.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Mar 2013 (#)

lovely lovely piece Carol...so heart warming and the pics make me homesick....

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author avatar Carol
2nd Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you cn writer, where are you homesick for?

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2013 (#)

Oh thank you Buzz!

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Mar 2013 (#)

What a lovely insight into your life my friend...I know that you have been through so much in the past. This just goes to show that you never know what life has planned for us. Wishing you joy in Herne Bay and in your writing career too!

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author avatar Carol
7th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Songbird, bless you!

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