As you all know Boxes2move.co.uk is rooted in the Pennine Valleys, located in the North West of England. The mill from within boxes2move stands was once a vibrant cotton mill and was such located due to the many soft fresh water streams & rivers that benefitted the production of cotton. In fact, the Valleys have a long history of manufacturing companies with a labour force that knew the true meaning of a good honest days work. They worked hard and played hard. Yes, living was simpler back in the day but the general ethos has not changed. The people of the valleys understand that if you want something, you have to work for it. This gave a knock on effect of a sense of worth, achievement and well being. This I believe is the reason why Northerners are known as some of the friendliest people in the UK. You are more often than not greeted with a smile. If you say “morning” to a passing stranger, you know you will have a friendly response without hesitation. It is a natural thing to do. Boxes2move is proud to be where we are.
Yes, we moan about the bleak weather that is accustomed to the North. It is colder, wetter, and darker to the point whereas if you were to do a blood test on the populous you would find a distinct lack of vitamin D. We can experience all aspects of the seasons in a day. It is often said that the valleys have a micro climate all of their own. This morning I awoke to a beautiful mild sunshiny April day which soon changed through the course of the morning to icy cold sleet & snow. BBQ’s are a spur of the moment thing and very rarely planned. As the phrase goes, we make hay whilst the sun shines. We never know when the Sun will decide “ok, that’s enough for you lot”. What we do have though is a sense of community where we can depend on a passing stranger to help in a time of need and the rolling countryside is some of the best you will see.
We have a different sense of value for money than that of people living in the South of England especially the South East of the country. We often gasp at social media, TV etc where we learn that someone has paid an extortionate amount of money for a broom cupboard. It is not just property where the value is questionable. The cost of tradesman & services in the likes of London is also seen from up here in the north as fictional pricing. It would appear that if you had two identical building projects, one in the North and one in London. It could even be the same construction company conducting the job. The cost of the London job would far exceed that of the Northern one. Why?! At what point in time did the over inflated prices in the South become acceptable. Where is the value? What has happened to a fair price for a fair job? No wonder the people of the South are afraid to exchange pleasantries with random strangers in the street. They are probably afraid they may be charged for the privilege of a smile.
I must emphasize at this point that I am, nor is it my intention to criticize the South. I am just saying that I struggle to understand the day to day standard of living that has become acceptable. The North has many faults and yes, there are areas where you would not choose to tread without having an armed escort. There are for’s and against for both sides and it is the diversity that has made this country what it is but please, £20 for a portion of soggy fish & chips from a chippy in London is sacrilege surely.