A Northerners Guide To The South

(Cheeky candid my mum took about a month ago when we came down to look at houses before ‘the big move’)

Oi oi saveloy!

How are you doing? Are you good? 🙂

‘I won’t lie to you Bryn’ (name that tv series) I am VERY northern, there’ll always be a place in my heart for Yorkshire and it’ll always be my true home. I’m not about to get a white rose tattooed on my chest but I could spend hours arguing about the North-South divide.

I’m from Yorkshire, my dad is from Yorkshire, his dad is from Yorkshire and his dad was from Yorkshire and so on and so on. There’s a bit more Irish in my mum’s side of the family so I guess that mixes it up a bit. I think most English people have a little bit of Irish, Scottish or Welsh in them so it’s actually pretty common.

If you’ve read some of my other posts then you might know that I’ve recently moved to Kent, well actually the south coast of Kent, so even further away from home! In this time I’ve made a few observations and I just thought it might be funny to share some with you from a northern perspective.

  1. The majority of people in Kent seem to think anything above London is ‘The North’
  2. It’s so hot here and I can’t tell if it actually is hotter than it would be up north or if it’s just the fact I can’t stand heat. It’s basically the same weather as France. (Autumn is my favourite time of year, not a big fan of summer)
  3. Most people just sound like Londoners, but you’re not allowed to say that because people in Kent like to joke about Londoners.
  4. Mention anywhere above London and people assume it must take you like a week to get there.
  5. Probably at least 10% of the population around here is made up of French people, but that doesn’t surprise me. Where I live now, it’s actually quicker to get to France than it is home.
  6. If you want anything, go to London, I mean there is Canterbury but it’s still a relatively small city compared to Leeds.
  7. A car is a must!
  8. Sometimes you have to say things twice before people know what you said, and I don’t even have a particularly strong accent.
  9. They call Kent ‘The Garden of England’ basically because they have good weather and fine soil (sounds a bit nerdy but I promise I know nothing about rocks) it’s really good for growing things. Kent is especially known for cider, I can’t complain about that! But yeah it means that pretty much as soon as you leave a town you’re surrounded by fields after field. Which isn’t too different from home but to be honest home is in quite a rural area anyway.
  10. When it comes to the bath, grass, latte, tea/dinner debate. NEVER BACK DOWN!

As always,



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