Noun: mirage

1. An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions

2. An unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved

Origin – early 19th century: from French se mirer ‘be reflected’, from Latin mirare ‘look at’.

(With thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary).

Lately, although I have felt that much appears unreal and that my life is being lived in suspension as I watch my reflection in a waiting game, I know that this time will pass. It will do so quickly enough, to make way for September with her new beginnings and a change of uniform. And I do believe that this year’s colours are going to suit me.

Colchester Town Hall as seen from the garden at The Green Room, North Hill, in the heat haze of late August

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