Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

JUST as I Was about [...]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

JUST as I Was about [...]

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JUST as I was about to start writing this column, son sent me a text with a picture taken in his garden. It was of a proud bluetit teaching her babies to fly.

Nothing unusual, you're thinking. You expect that sort of thing in spring - plus son knows I'm a softie when it comes to our feathered friends.

But I take nothing about living in the North East for granted. Especially having lived in a crowded Southern suburb for more than two years, where birds were few and far between and showing our then-toddler daughter a farm animal involved a long, long drive on crowded roads.

Son shares a four-bedroom within walking distance of Hexham town centre with two other "young professionals". They pay what I think is a fair rent for a modern, well-maintained house. They all have cars and a bit of spare cash to enjoy their hobbies, eat out occasionally and, in a good month, perhaps save a little.

It's a pretty good existence, I think. And what a contrast to life in the South East, where rents and the cost of living are so very much higher. …

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