Dreaming of the city?!

11 Mar

Now, I know that normally at this time of week you’re probably waiting for me to post some nice photos of open countryside from our day off but I’m afraid this week you’ll have to be disappointed.

In a break from tradition, this week we visited the CITY!

Horrific, I know.

Actually it wasn’t that horrific. We went to visit some of good friends down in Cardiff and it was a really lovely time catching up with them.

I can’t really remember how much I’ve mentioned our move in the summer. I think I probably got over enthusiastic about the fact I’M GOING TO BE A VICARS WIFE and forgot to tell you about any of the details.

Well, here is one big fat annoying detail:
We’re going to have to live in the city for three years.

How will I surrrrrrviiivvvvvvve?!?!

Josh will be attending a college in Cardiff in South Wales. On our visit yesterday our friends were able to show us round the area in which we’ll be living.

Histrionics aside, it actually seems like a nice city to life in. We’ll be in the ‘posh’ part and it actually had a pretty nice village feel.



If you can ignore the main roads that is.

Basically it’s all just a means to an end and I know I have to just suck it up and get on with it. Three years isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things (not sure I really believe that!) and then hopefully we’ll be able to move somewhere more rural. I’m just not sure whether it will send me slightly insane. I’ve only ever lived in towns where you can walk and be in open countryside within 15 minutes maximum. I’ve lived by the sea for 12 years and I HATE DRIVING.

Okay – before I start hyperventilating lets look at some of the positives:

1) It’s nearer my family and I’ll be able to hang out with them much more often
2) We’ll be able to go bowling, the theatre, go to a cinema with more than one screen and do lots more ‘cultural’ stuff.
3) We’ll hopefully be living in a house or a flat with more than one bedroom which means we can have visitors! (very exciting!)
4) There will be public transport that doesn’t take at least 3 hours to even get out of Wales.
5) ummmm
6) Can anyone help me out here?

I’ve been reading through Numbers over the last month. One thing that struck me was the Israelites’ grumbling in the desert. Even though God provided for them nothing was good enough and they grumbled continually and as a result God was not happy with them.
I need to remind myself that we’re the same. The whole reason we’re moving to the city is because God has provided for us and he has enabled us to go to this college and then hopefully we’ll be able to do rural ministry for the rest of our lives. I need to make sure I’m not grumbling about God’s provision for us.

That aside…I won’t be changing the name of the blog anytime soon.


6 Responses to “Dreaming of the city?!”

  1. Steve March 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Oh come on now! Cardiff is only just a city. It’s big yes, but it’s not remotely hard to get to somewhere nice and rural from!

    30min drive tops!

    You will be fine and I can come and visit alot more easily too!

  2. yantyantethera March 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Hey, hmm reasons why I’d quite like to live in the city.

    – Knitting, sewing and general craft workshops
    – The theatre and all that cultural crap
    – A wider variety of food to buy
    – Going to all the markets and charity shopping is so much better when ppl aren’t 20 years behind the times!

    • Rachel March 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Hahahaha. LOVE your last point Laura. So true!

  3. Maureen March 12, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    I wouldn’t mind if the city looked like that. It’s pretty! My city is kind of ugly, but the mountains make up for it : )

  4. Hannah March 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Marks and Spencers, Ikea, John Lewis

    Close to the coast for beachy walks when you’re missing Aber.

    More accessible to England (shhh, don’t tell the Welsh)

    More National trust properties so you can have a national trust card.

    Easier to do Christmas shopping

    Loads of stuff…

  5. Rachael Dabbs April 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Congrats on the big move. You’ll love Cardiff as you have people you know there and compared to some monsters cities (i.e. Manchester which is HUGE) it really isn’t too big. I went there last summer and enjoyed it! All the best xx

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