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where do you blog from?

Way back in August I asked you where you blog from? With 60 votes the results were, Australia (6), Canada (9), Europe (8), UK (22), USA (11) and other (4).

Well I blog from West Sussex and I am Sussex born and bred, having during my life lived in three different villages all within close proximity around the county.

I spent my childhood and teenage years in and around the village of Angmering. The hand-coloured postcard above shows the village green and Arundel Road circa 1905. Having altered somewhat over the years, back in the early to mid seventies, this is the very hill I walked up every day to primary school, first stopping off at the small sweet shop at the bottom for a daily supply of chews, candy cigarettes and a copy of Twinkle!

For a couple of years or so, I lived in the village of Clapham. Luckily we lived on a hill, many a time in the winter my mini wouldn't start and I had to jump it on the clutch! The postcard of a watercolour above, shows the church of St Mary the Virgin circa 1845, the porch on the west wall has since been removed.

Finally the village of Lancing, credited as being the largest village in England. The postcard above shows a group of children on North Road, identified from left to right as Eadie Green, May Merriott, and Olive Cooper holding Bessie Oram. Little Croft Penfold almhouses are on the extreme right. Hand-coloured postcard circa 1910.

This is my 200th post! To celebrate I am having a giveaway, the prize being the heart-shaped card/photo holder above.

To have a chance of winning I would like you to leave a comment telling me which county in the UK you live, or if overseas which area or state you live in? It's as easy as that!

I shall look forward to drawing a winner on Sunday 30th November, so good luck to everyone, wherever you happen to be around the world.

Marie at Marie Chantal is celebrating her 200th post too!


periwinkle said...

Aaah Twinkle , I still have some of my Twinkle annuals too. I'm from Tyne & Wear, we used to have the honour of being the largest town in England but then they made us a City. Two famous people from here are Bryan Ferry ( Roxy Music ) and Dave Stewart ( Eurythmics ). We are right on the coast too. Congrats on your 200th post and have a lovely weekend.
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Hello Louise! Can it be that I was your lone USA blogger friend in the last survey? I love hearing about your village. I think that's where the word "charm" came from - places like your postcard town. I'm in Southern California where warm conditions can continue right through our "winter"!

Erin said...

Greetings from Virginia in the USA.
My blog is:

The Good Life in Virginia


Nicola said...

Hi Louise
I live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. It can get very hot in summer and pretty cold in winter! At this time of year, when our walnut trees have dropped their leaves, I get a good view of the lake and mountains.
I used to live in Jersey (in the Channel Islands). My mum is from there too, and my dad is from Alton in Hampshire.
Is that enough info for you?!

Wild Rose said...

Hi Louise,

I blog from Toronto, Ontario where I have lived since 1997.

Prior to this I lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and I grew up in Surrey...although I still consider myself a Yorkshire girl, as my parents are from the county.

Thanks for mentioning my giveaway...I love the heart-shaped card/photo holder and I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Marie x

lou said...

Hi Louise, congrats on your 200th post, I look forward too seeing many more. I loved looking at the postcards! I was born at Rowlands Castle, and now living in the South. Have a good weekend xx

Kris said...

Hi Louise! Congratulations on your 200th post!

I was born in Adelaide, South Australia and have lived here for most of my life (Apart from a 5 year stint from the age of 9 when we lived in Brisbane, Queensland.). Adelaide is a city of about 1 million people, but anecdotally it's a small place where everyone knows everyone else! You know the 6 degree thing? (everyone is only 6 degrees away from everyone else) Well in Adelaide it's only 2 or 3 degrees!

I love your heart card holder and I am crossing my fingers too!

Glo said...

A lovely post for your 200th, Louise! Those postcards are a special way to show off village scenes and life. I visited Amberley and the surrounding areas of West Sussex in 2004 and I walked for miles! Just lovely. I was born in Cumbria in the UK, but have lived in Canada for many years, now living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Your a lady after my own heart! ;)

LizzieJane said...

I used to get Twinkle, that bought back a lot of memories. Love the postcards, and a hearty congratulations to you for making it to 200 hundred posts, that is quite an accomplishment.
I blog from the good old USA, Dupont, Washington to be exact.
Hopw you enjoy your weekend.

lou said...

The walk with Poppy was at winchester! We live in southampton. xx

méri said...

Congratulations on your 200th post, Louise! Beautiful potcards!
I'm living in Porto, North Portugal since 1975! and thanks for your giveaway.

Josie said...

lovely post, well done on 200! I'm from Yorkshire, lived here all my life, beautiful countryside, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Josie x

Simone said...

The postcards are lovely Louise. I like the fact that the girls in the postcard are identified by their names. My county is Middlesex.

Anonymous said...

Loved the post! Really interesting. Congratulations on your 200th post! Well done you!
As I write this I am in County Durham England where it is damp but warm. (Crazy weather!)

Alison Boon said...

I was born in Littlehampton, grew up in Worthing, moved to Liverpool, back to Hampshire and then out to NZ. Guess I just have itchy feet.

Suzie Sews said...

Twinkle...I was given the mag when I was too ill to go off school, I loved it.

Congratulations and heres to the next 200....

the homely year said...

Hi Louise, Noreen and I both live in the Staffordshire Moorlands. I've been here all my life and was bought up on a farm. Noreen arrived here more recently from Ireland and met and married Brian, a farmer. We both love the local countryside on the edge of the Peak District and our market towns.

The pictures you've shown us are lovely...how nice to have that one with memories of school days.
Margaret (and Noreen)

funkymonkey said...

Hi Louise, congrats on your 200th post. Another lovely one, especially being reminded of trips to the newsagents to buy Twinkle... those were the days. By the way I would love to be entered in your draw and I live in the West Midlands.


Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Hi from the French Alps where I'm now based - having been born and brought up in the Tropics, schooled in the UK and worked as a corporate exec. in the US, England and Europe (Italy, Spain and France)...
It's great to learn more about you - love the postcards..:)

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi there I live North Yorkshire - gorgeous! I was born in New Marske near Saltburn by the Sea which was in North Yorkshire till someone moved it to Cleveland! I live in Northallerton now, which I love but I miss the sea and long flat beaches from Redcat to Saltburn - bliss in Summer or winter........

pebbledash said...

200 posts...go girl! I'm in Cornwall down the Land's End end, but know both Angmering and Lancing from childhood. Tis a small world! Please leave me out the draw as I have a heart postcard holder...just wanted to sy hi!

Anonymous said...

200 posts ... well done!

I live in Wiltshire and don't get to visit your neck of the woods now that my daughter no longer lives in Brighton.

robin_titan said...

Congrats on all those posts! lucky you I need to get more active with my blog to reach 200 :D

I live in Texas, USA :D and it's amazing here ...well except for the weather-most days it's extremely hot now it's getting colder b/c of winter though --thank goodness!

Christy said...

Wow, Louise you live in such a lovely English village that I only dream about in storybooks! Thanks for the lovely historical tour. Im from the Philippine Islands..Iloilo to be exact.xx

Dianne said...

Hello! I live in Oregon, USA. I have two blogs: http://mysouthernheart.blogspot.com and http://www.patacakebabies.com/wordpress I enjoy your blog.


Paula said...

Hello I live in Kansas, USA. Right smack dab in the middle of the United States....that's right...Where Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz was from

Cowboys and Custard said...

Forgive me Louise for being a latent visitor..
I love this post and particularly the charming postcard of Eadie and friends... How I would love to know what lives they led..
Well.. as you probably already know.. I live in Bath Somerset... though some prefer to say Avon..
I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful historical city..
Equally your part of the world is full of beauty and great history..
Michele x

Flighty said...

I love the pictures, and congratulations on 200 posts!
I'm in Harrow, Greater London, what was Middlesex at one time. xx

Deb said...

Hello Louise
Congratulations on your 200th post! I love the heart shaped card/photo holder.
I was born in Sussex England and moved to Canada (where I live now) as a young child.

sheila said...

Hi! I was born in a small town on an island: Vancouver Island. It's larger than GB and has at least 1/50th of the population! My province is British Columbia, the wackiest west coast province in Canada.

Love those historical shots. Gorgeous.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Louise! Congrats on your 200th post! Great job! Time sure flies by doesn't it?

Well, I live in Modesto, California, USA which is located smack dab in the Central Valley. We are 70 miles from San Francisco and the same distance from Sacramento. Our area has a lot of rural farmlands with dairies & orchards that farm almonds, peaches and apricots. Our town is best known as the home of Earnest and Julio Gallo Winery and is also the home town of the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas. Infact my mother went to high school with him and he is also a cousin to my nephew.

I would love to have my name added in for your adorable heart! That is, if it isn't too late.

Happy day to you my friend,

Indigo Blue said...

The ladybird book in your side bar, I used to have that one too. I have no idea where it went though. My 200th post is looming too. I live in Cornwall and have done for the past 14 years.

Rosezilla said...

Hi, Louise, somehow I missed this post! 200, eh, and they've been good ones! I post from SW Florida, where I've lived nearly all my life (I've lived in this very neighborhood since I was 10, only in 3 different houses!)We basically have 2 seasons, summer for 5 or 6 months and spring for all the others! Right now it's finally cool enough to get out and garden! It's in the 60's, sometimes 70's, during the day.

Rosezilla said...

Oh, and I just realized the drawing is to be held November 30th! That's my b'day, so maybe that's lucky, eh?

Anonymous said...

Hello Louise,

I visit your blog from over in Germany, where I live at the edge of the local woods of Mainz (not far from Frankfurt known for its airport).
I was born in Bath and lived near Scarborough for 3 1/2 years before my parents left England.
Blogland has given me the chance to connect to England, which I miss a lot in my heart and I would love to go back some day.
Do carry on with your wonderful blog!
All the best,

Katherine said...

Congrats on your 200th post, Louise! You always post the most interesting photos and these postcards are no exception.

What fun to learn more about you and to read where everyone is from!

Recently, my family and I moved east to the province of Alberta, Canada.

Rhondi said...

Congratulations on 200 posts. I celebrated 200 posts just a little while ago too. Thanks for the tour of your part of England. We are trying to plan a trip there next year.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rhondi said...

One more thing. I blog from North Carolina in the US.