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Stay­ca­tions and state­ca­tions. Such ne­ol­o­gisms do my head in but there is a lot to be said for hol­i­day­ing at home and tak­ing time to truly ap­pre­ci­ate your sur­rounds.

It might seem lazy to take weeks off work and ven­ture no fur­ther than down to the cor­ner or around the block but an ex­tended pe­riod chez moi has re­sulted in a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for where I live, a quiet spot bor­dered by bush­land and wedged be­tween bay and beach.

I have reac­quainted my­self with this place and been re­minded why my hus­band and I moved here more than 20 years ago. Things have changed in that pe­riod, of course, par­tic­u­larly real-es­tate prices, and now we can get the ap­par­ent es­sen­tials of mod­ern life, such as toasted cia­batta with clever top­pings and al­mond milk lat­tes, with­out driv­ing back to­wards the city.

Serves of old-fash­ioned fish and chips are still avail­able, and de­voured by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike in sum­mer, be­cause you couldn’t call this the sea­side oth­er­wise.

But in­stead of eat­ing from oily paper wrap­pers with f feet dan­gling off a pier, now it’s all smart pic­nic rugs and

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