My Home Town (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 39)

This post is part of a weekly series of ‘link-up’ Posts which reflect on life’s journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info).

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There was a time when people didn’t move around much. If you were born in Birmingham, you’d probably have died in Birmingham. Maybe that explains why I left, eh?

family storiesI am indeed a Brummie lass. Generations of my family emerged, sooty or sugary from the Black Country coal fields and the factory halls of the Cadbury brothers’ Bournville empire. Birmingham was a grey, nasty, industrial place with more miles of canal that actual Venice (’tis true, look it family storiesup!) until recent years of investment transformed her into a sultry beauty. I loved her vastness, her grime and her filth during the days of my youth and I love her now, gleaming, multicultural and new. She is genetically imprinted on my soul.

I recently discovered some marvellous vintage photos of the area where I was born, Northfield. I find it fascinating to look back at a place which you used to know so well and find that it has become, or indeed was historically, unrecognisable to you. Home, sweet sweet home.

family storiesTell us about your home town. Maybe, like me, you’ve moved away and return to see family often. Perhaps you still live in the very home in which you were born? Do you love or hate the place where you grew up, and why?

Share your memories with us in this week’s Link Up – either write a blog post and link it up (the Linky will stay open for some time yet, so no need to rush), or just share your memories with us in the comments if you prefer – you don’t have to have a Blog to play! Everyone welcome here. Consider it therapy. But do tell your friends!

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More about the Life’s a Journey weekly memories series.

A selection of other posts from this series:-

FIrst day of school memories family stories

Week 2 – Old School Portrait

family stories best friends

Week 4 – Bestest Friends

family stories teenage crush

Week 5 – Teenage Crushes

family stories grease movie

Week 6 – First Movie Memories

family stories cinderella

Week 9 – Favourite Childhood Books

family stories

Week 19 – Becoming a Parent

family stories

Week 25 – Old Boyfriends

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36 responses to “My Home Town (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 39)

    • I’m also in Yorkshire these days. Doesn’t matter where you came from, it’ll always hold a place in your heart!

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