Most of you will recognise one of these photographs, the Stray in spring, 200 acres of grassland that wraps around the town centre of Harrogate, simply gorgeous and the other one might be a bit of a mystery. Well, the mystery photo was taken from our home at the time, on a beach in New Zealand on Aucklands’ North Shore. The children could run out of the back garden to go swimming or body boarding after school; an everyday activity for families on the Shore, with its’ many bays. So why swap New Zealand for Harrogate, North Yorkshire? Good question!
There are 3 types of Brits in New Zealand. There are those that move to NZ and love everything there (great weather, sweeping beaches, beautiful countryside) and moan about British motorways, weather and the usual delay for a standard GP appointment. Other Brits instantly miss warm beer, sky sports and even a proper winter and they tend to move back home pretty quickly. We are unusual, after 10 years in NZ we love both countries and embrace our dual nationality.
We love Yorkshire and especially love Harrogate and it’s surrounding area. What’s to love? The list is pretty long and includes culture everywhere: two cinemas soon, a wonderful theatre frequently referred to as the comedy centre of the North, the Royal Hall, great cafe culture and fine dining; superb schools both state and private; the Stray; the range of shopping opportunities; friendly Yorkshire folk; proximity to the Dales, beautiful villages and many other great towns and cities such as Knaresborough, Wetherby, Ilkley, Otley, Leeds and York.
If you haven’t visited Harrogate it’s a great place to spend time and enjoy life, visit www.visitharrogate.co.uk for some great tourist information. If you get the opportunity to visit New Zealand, grab it with both hands. It is an amazing country and you’ll receive a warm welcome, from the people as well as the climate.
A few of my friends whisper that Harrogate is a bit of an island in the real world. Maybe it is, but who wouldn’t want their own paradise island? In choosing where to settle and put down roots for the future, Harrogate isn’t just my UK choice, it’s my global choice.
So if you want to buy your dream home in Harrogate, dig out an affordable gem in Knaresborough or relax in a neighbouring village, get in touch and I’ll see if I can help dreams become a reality.
Cherry Trees and Shadows – Stray photograph supplied by and with permission from Baxter Photography, www.baxterphotography.co.uk.