I’m Melissa. I’m a southerner. I don’t mean that in relation to the south of England. I mean really far south. The bottom of Africa – that far south. How the hell I ended up even contemplating being in the north of England, in God’s Own County and in the fine city of York is a long and winding tale. The short-who-the-hell-has-the-time-to-read-an-entire-life-story version goes like this:

  • Living the life of a singleton in Johannesburg South Africa.
  • Drank a lot of beer.
  • Met my future husband when he became the new GM of our office. Yes, I was that employee.
  • Moved to the USA, Boston and then New York (as opposed to Old York, our new place of residence).
  • Drank a lot of cosmopolitans.
  • Moved to the UK.
  • Got a mortgage.
  • Learned to go without sunshine for long periods.
  • Swapped high-flying career in favour of two children.
  • Drank a lot of wine.
  • Moved to the country. Two different villages. Neighbouring counties.
  • Started up a PR business.
  • Sold a PR business.
  • Sailed across an ocean.
  • Wrote a blog.
  • Became that PTA, fundraising, village hall representing, committee organising person.
  • Drank more wine.
  • Spent some time trying to figure out what to do next.
  • Moved to York July 2012

Before moving to York, I’d been here just three times – once to look at schools, twice to look at houses. I knew nothing about the place.

This blog is my journey of discovery as I swap country living for city life, while exploring and sharing with you the beautiful city of York. I hope it will be useful for anyone wanting to visit the city, but also for anyone considering shaking up their lives with a major move, and the rollercoaster of emotions that go with change.


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  1. What a great blog, did something similar 11 years ago moved up with girlfriend, now wife and no children, now 3.

    Really interesting to read about someone else discovering York, it’s a great place to live and get around from.

    Will be back to see how the discovery goes.


  2. We’re coming to York this year for a wedding, so I might drop you a line for advice about where to stay (on a shoestring budget!) I’m hoping to make a weekend of it, so perhaps we could grab a coffee?

    • Ooh it would be lovely to meet for a coffee. And definitely let me know when you’re coming and I can give you some suggestions on where to stay and what to do. There is so much to see in York! Do you still have my email address?

  3. Ana says:

    Hello. What a lovely and very personal blog. I found you browsing the internet and trying to find any information about York and toddlers. I am planning to visit York with my little daughter (18 months) and wonder if I can get some advice from you 🙂 Are there any child friendly cafes and parks to visit around city center area? I have three days on my hands to occupy my little one. I will appreciate a lot any tips from a proper local mum 🙂 thanks!

    • Hi

      Thanks for the kind words. As far as parks for your little one, definitely go to Rowntree Park (beautiful and next to the river). It has a playground, ducks to feed, and a lovely cafe that is also a library so you can look at books while you have some coffee and cake. Another one is Homestead Park – no cafe but a nice park. Otherwise just walk along the river from Lendal bridge – plenty of open spaces to walk along. Take bread, lots of ducks to feed. Also check out the National Railway Museum – its free and lots of trains to look at. Shout if you need any other advice and enjoy your trip to York.

      • Ana says:

        Wow!!! Thanks so much for such great tips! 🙂 It’s exactly what I need 🙂 Are there any libraries in the city centre that have some play space for little ones? Or maybe a nice cafes worth a visit with toy boxes? 🙂 Thanks again! if you need any advice on Bath city let me know 🙂

      • The main library has a great cafe and kids section. Not too familiar with other cafes suitable for little ones as I have older kids. Could try Pig & Pastry or Cakes D’licious

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