I’m moving house!

Normally I try and have my blog posts pre-written.  In the winter this can be five or six ahead and in the summer just one or two if I’m lucky.   I’m always working 18 hour days and time is precious but I like to keep on top of my blog and have missed less than a handful of posts in 7 years.

if my posts go quiet for a little while it is because I am moving house.  I’ve been enduring the house moving process since July 2019; it is long, drawn out and infuriating for all and doubly so when you have disingenuous buyers.  Like everything else in England, the legal process for moving house is extremely antiquated and whilst everyone would like to change it, the change never happens.

I’m moving from a large 1970’s former social housing home on the very outskirts of London, though officially not in London at all to a modest 200 year old cottage five miles closer to the centre of London and in a nicer and safer area.

I worked out I spent 37.7 working weeks just commuting last year and even on Monday my trip to London took 2 hours and 45 minutes on a journey that when things work should be an hour or so.   The wonders of the terrible local bus service is often to blame but from my new home it will take me just 35-45 minutes to get to Baker Street.

So Friday I hope to be moving into a 200 year old cottage in a village on the outskirts of London.  On a hill 500 feet tall and surrounded by fields and woods and yet just a mile or two from the London Underground network.

I’m not sure if it is because the house is so old or the previous owners were total recluses (my sort of people!) but there is no internet connections there and so it may take me a week or three to get back on line.   As I’ve been pre-occupied with tours and packing and this move has been delayed repeatedly since the end of last summer, I don’t have a long line of posts scheduled so if it goes quite one week you will know what happened.

Until then 🙂







About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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5 Responses to I’m moving house!

  1. MySocialGod says:

    Aww… I moved up a lot as a kid growing up. I hope everything works out for you.

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  2. Boyer Writes says:

    Sounds like a great Move!! I believe in making life as simple as possible so we have time to do the things we love doing. My husband and I moved this past year and we found 8 minutes of commuting is far better than 30-40 minutes. Time adds up and life is short! Look for your blogs when you return. Nancy

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    • Thanks Nancy, I’m only moving 5 miles but last week one such journey took me 2 hours 45 minutes outside of Rush Hour and from the new place it will be 40 minutes on a good day and 60 in a bad day. A huge difference!


  3. vicky liddell says:

    Well done you! a dream we all have, to live in an English cottage.


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