In 2013 my husband and I moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire, with our little (just) one year old, Audrey. We moved for more space and, because we both worked from home, we realised we didn’t really need to be in a city or town with ridiculously expensive housing. A lot of our close friends had recently moved up here too, from around and in Cambridge, for exactly the same reasons. It felt like a really exciting time with lots of friends having babies, and a lovely community forming around us.
Ely is a great mix of most things we want, from a place to call home. We have great connections to the cultural hub of Cambridge, with its new independent restaurants, cafes and art galleries. The train station provides an amazing link to London which only take around an hour and a half max to get into Kings Cross. Although Ely is classified as a city, due to its huge cathedral, it is really pretty tiny. Somewhere great for forming a close community, we have amazing neighbours and friends right on our door step.
The city also boasts a wonderful regular market, and lots of activities and festivals that happen throughout the year. As much as I would love a few more hills, for us, right now, its perfect. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be happy settled somewhere like this, I probably would of been dubious, but having children completely shifts your appreciation of what is around you, a secure base. Chris and I are huge lovers of travel and getting into London, this will never change. But to have a base like this, is something wonderful to come home to.
The reason I wanted to talk about our move was because we recently went for a little stroll to explore some more around local footpaths. There are some lovely hidden walks alongside the river. I felt it was the best time to try out our new Connecta carrier.
I have carried Audrey since birth. Having had a c section, I found it was really hard for me to even pick her up out of a cot, so she got very used to just sleeping practically on me, or next to me in bed. This closeness was a joy, but did mean that she wanted cuddles 24/7. Thankfully carrying made actually doing things possible! she would sleep nestled up with me for hours whilst I walked around town.
Audrey is 2 and a half now, and although she loves to run and walk everywhere, causing mischief. She gets tired and a lot of the time wants to be carried. So when we are walking about, or traveling somewhere it is so much easier to carrier her, and I absolutely love the connection to her.
This lovely Connecta is a Kokoro collaboration. I can not resist the incredible patterns! I am also a complete sucker for mustard yellows. The Connecta carriers are so comfortable to wear and give great support on the back with the cross over straps. It also makes it easier to do up on your own, seeing as the clips are just under your arms either side.
We all had a really lovely time roaming the fields! My husband Chris took over on the way home.