I guess it’s time to come up with a new name for this blog. I no longer live in Bath, I have moved to the town of Frome. About a half hour drive away from Bath, Frome is a lovely market town full of independent shops and restaurants.
Why the move?
I’ve had this question a lot. I suppose it baffles why two young people would choose to move from a relatively quiet city to a smaller and quieter town.
Money was the main motive. We no longer wanted to live in the chapel and our ideal place a) would have been out of our budget in Bath and b) I’m not even sure if it would have existed. We have moved to a 2 bed new build with a garden and parking spaces that allows us to have my cat, it’s also about £100 cheaper a month each than our old place.
Bath is having a housing crisis; the universities are expanding beyond capacity, house prices are increasing and it’s far more economical to build expensive flats than proper residential estates. Effectively, we were priced out of Bath.
Bath also had too many memories for me. Uni ending was harder than I expected. The majority of my best friends moved away and I haven’t made as many new friends as I had hoped I would. Unfortunately this meant that Bath was becoming a rather isolating place for me. I was continuing to hang out in places that were once filled with my friends but now seemed lonely in comparison and being strapped for cash I couldn’t visit the friends I missed either.
So far I have enjoyed exploring the new places that Frome has to offer, additionally visiting new places on almost a daily basis has given me some much needed inspiration in my life. I have begun to learn how to play the guitar and am making some real, tangible steps towards working out what I want from life. For the first time in a long time my future seems less confused and I am genuinely excited to see what I can push myself to achieve. The cheaper rent should also hopefully mean I can visit my friends more often too!
My favourite things about Frome so far:
The first weekend of every month the main road through Frome is closed and the entirety of the town centre becomes a huge market! What I love about Frome is the value they place on their independent businesses and the market is basically a celebration of that. Everything from vintage clothes to furniture is sold, with live music and street performers. Food and drink is also on offer (including cupcakes for your dog). Last Sunday I bought apple chaider – apple juice with chai spice in it, delicious! Next time I’m going to get there early and scour the clothing stalls for a new jacket. On market day Frome feels like a mini festival, with thousands of people attending. It’s well worth the visit even if you live elsewhere.
Moo and Two
No blog post is truly complete without me mentioning coffee somewhere. Moo and Two is so far my favourite coffee shop in Frome. Beautiful coffee, spacious but cosy and the barista on shift picks their favourite LPs to play. So not only are you guaranteed a delicious drink but you’re likely to come away with some new music to listen to as well.
Thanks Jordan for putting up with me making sure I had the correct aesthetic in this photo.
Frome’s very own cinema is merely £4 a ticket. Yes. You read that correctly. £4. They keep their prices low but ask in return that you do not bring in your own food and purchase their confectionery instead. It’s so cheap though that you really wouldn’t save much by bringing your own in. Jordan and I saw Baby Driver there (which is one of the best films I have ever seen) and spent £18 in total for 2 tickets, 2 alcoholic drinks, 1 popcorn and a soft drink. Madness!
So that’s a very brief guide of Frome and why we moved. I have to say that I am really enjoying living with just Jordan and now Wez. I’m also looking forward to exploring the rest of Frome and working on the future.