Where is home for you? That’s not the same as asking where you live. The building someone lives in comprises materials and structural elements but home is more than that. Home is a feeling. It’s a contentment that grounds you, surrounding you with a blissful calm. Home is the place you feel at your most comfortable, happy and relaxed. This month, the Gilbert & Cleveland team have been thinking about where feels like home to them, the places they absolutely love to be.
It’s in warmer climes that our Managing Partners Clive and Ian feel most content; for Clive it’s relaxing with a coffee, watching the spice sellers and carpet traders peddle their goods in the Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech and for Ian it is on the Caribbean island of Antigua when he’s spectating at a cricket match and has substituted the traditional English tea for a refreshing rum punch.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given our proximity to the coast, being on or near the beach in Blighty was ‘home’ for a few members of the team.
For our Branch Manager in Selsey, Beverley, it’s walking along the seafront from Bognor Sailing Club to Felpham Sailing Club with a good friend and a bag of chips. (Especially on New Year’s Day when there are lots of other people out enjoying the sea air too).
Also fond of the Felpham sea front is Bognor’s admin/negotiator Lynda. She gets her homely feeling when she’s walking her dog along the promenade, watching a glorious sunset whilst en-route to the pub for a glass of Prosecco.
Selsey’s negotiator Paula is at home when she’s beside the sea too. Her favourite day of the year is the local RNLI Launch Day which she and her family celebrate by spending the entire day on the beach with a BBQ and a good view of the water.
Being outdoors and hearing the sizzle of a BBQ helps to give Bognor’s Associate Partner, Tim, that ‘at home’ feeling as well; he’s at his most relaxed when in his own garden on a warm summer evening with his wife and dog, enjoying a cold drink while jazz plays softly in the background.
While for Selsey’s admin/negotiator, Doody, it’s being curled up on the sofa at her partner’s cottage with a blanket and a book while their adorable Jack Russell sleeps on her lap that is the most comfortable place to be.
For both Rosemary and Sarah, our weekend negotiators, there isn’t one place in particular that brings about the feeling of home. Instead, it’s whenever and wherever they have their families around them.
Now you know where home is for us, we’d love to hear about where home is for you. Find us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!