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Pat
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Happy Places

Post by Pat » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:53 am

A BBC news report of a survey reckons Bath and NE Somerset is where most people are satisfied with their life nowadays!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18973923
And Wiltshire is where people are the 4th happiest with yesterday.

Any coincidence that it's a cvrda stronghold?
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Re: Happy Places

Post by solentgal » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:15 am

Having traveled back and forth across Wilts to Bristol from Havant for a year or so recently, I think most of the "Happy" feeling must come from the beautiful countryside and the pretty villages...very uplifting :) ...it's on our list of possible retirement areas if we have to move from this area....if we can afford it!
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Re: Happy Places

Post by chris » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:47 am

Not surprised at all!

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Re: Happy Places

Post by davidh » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:43 pm

I agree it is a lovely area but the water up there is funny - (you can drink it for starters) whereas the water around the isle of wight is the proper salty stuff......

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Re: Happy Places

Post by roger » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:20 pm

davidh wrote:I agree it is a lovely area but the water up there is funny - (you can drink it for starters) whereas the water around the isle of wight is the proper salty stuff......

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I wouldn't drink Shearwater out of choice :shock:
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Rupert » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:32 pm

Hmmm, I found that Shearwater water tastes almost as strange as the salty stuff, but for less healthy reasons. I blame the fishermen and the amount of bait I've seen them chucking in - quite revolting.
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Rupert » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:38 pm

As for a happy place to live - Wiltshire not bad, but did the survey get it totally backwards? Maybe people who are generally content with their lot either stay or migrate to the countryside/market town type places, and those who are generally discontented strive in the cities?

After all, I doubt a teenager hankering for the bright lights finds living in the back end of nowhere very happy-making. But they will leave as soon as they can, and then strive for a while, get a well paid job in the city, then find they hanker after the small town they left, but can't afford to move back to. So they are discontented in the city, too. Then the kids grow up, they can afford to go back either home or somewhere like it, and are content.
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Nessa » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:49 pm

I am happiest on Exmoor.....part of Somerset. I love the Wiltshire countryside but am pretty miserable whilst there - too many bad memories.

I loathe and detest Cambridgeshire. It is not proper countryside - not trees, ho hills, just flatlands.
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Obscured by clouds » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:56 pm

after scooting around the UK and a bit of Europe for years, I finally settled back in my own home area of the Llyn Peninsula in NW Wales.

I can't afford to live in the village of my birth [Abersoch] or of my upbringing [Llanbedrog] but I do have the next best - Pwllheli

We are a bit out on a limb up here and it's at least 3 -5 hours to get anywhere significant, but I have clean salty water on my doorstep, no pollution, no commercial traffic, long sandy beaches with few people on them, surf over at Hells mouth and the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop and only a half hour drive away.

The standard of living here is quite low and job prospects pretty abysmal, but the quality of life is up there with the best IMO.
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Meryl » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:13 pm

Yep another Wiltshire resident, more by accident than design 40 years ago (aghhh help :shock: ) not a bad place, but would prefer not to have the A420 outside my door. And agree Cambs is boringly flat, but I did learn to sail at Cam SC

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Re: Happy Places

Post by phil58490 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:20 pm

I was born and raised in Kent, spent my teenage years living and sailing in Whitstable and thought it was great. Moved away thirty odd years ago for work and have managed to live in some of the nicer villages south of Canterbury after a not so pleasant couple of years in Ashford.

I had the chance to move back to Whitstable five years ago but after house hunting for a while realised that it was not the place I remembered. Now it is full of yuppies, a lot of the houses are Londoners' weekend and holiday homes and parking near the town and yacht club is a nightmare on summer weekends. I witnessed an incident of car park rage as I vacate a space one sunny Sunday, as two motorists squared up to each other for the space I was just leaving.

Kent is also out on a limb, everywhere you want to go seems to involves a trip round the M25 and I have lost count of the times I have looked at things on Ebay when they have come up as close to me only to find they are in Essex, just need to add over a hundred miles for the return journey, to the distance Ebay thinks it is!

We will stay in the villages until we can move west for our retirement or before if we get lucky with work options.
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Stephen Hawkins » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:33 pm

In Wiltshire.

Lived in Basingstoke and Barnstaple (North Devon).

The only place I would rather be is the North Devon side of Exmoor.

However, here (Swindon) I am in the middle of nowhere, but not far from anywhere - except, perhaps, the Llyn Peninsula.

And I have 4 sailing clubs to choose from at last count, withing 15-20 mins drive where I can always park and/or camp.

What could be better?

And when I finish sailing I do not have to wash the salt off.....
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Re: Happy Places

Post by Garry R » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:59 pm

Now in Chapel Allerton near Cheddar and a member of BCSC. They do drink the stuff after it has been passed by Bristol Water management. I prefer Wilkins cider myself. Happy to be in Somerset.

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Re: Happy Places

Post by chris » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:49 am

Although I'm in North Somerset now, please don't knock the flatlands! I was brought up in the Fens on the Lincs/Cambs boarder. Tydd St. Mary with a population of under 500 was probably below sea level and back in the fifties there were very trees too. I loved the S P A C E ! could see for many miles.
The trouble with many places now is that we live in places that don't have enough space. Square-footage per person we live in the smallest houses in the whole of Europe (Well according to QI any way).
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Re: Happy Places

Post by solentgal » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:16 am

Funny you should mention space per person Chris......I was walking the little Google man round Byron Bay, Australia, yesterday whilst chatting with my daughter who is out there at present......I commented to Lynne how open and spacious it looked, and somehow less stressful, as there are no parking issues, bigger plots and more personal space.......and for me (in particular) personal space is the thing that makes me happiest.....so maybe that is one of the keys to happiness in the western region....more space.....and more trees/plants....great believer in greenery as a stress reliever......I can feel myself relax the moment I get away from our estate and up into the south downs........aaaah! :)
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