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Moving

Moon River

Seeing out 2020 with a moonlit midnight winter walk.
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Smiling

A Frank Thought

Frank gives 2020 the bum’s rush, in his own style (naturally).
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Living

Jane NextDoor

My new name.

In August, I moved. I moved to an apartment with a view; described by one local amateur thespian as ‘Not a location, but a destination, darling!’ I didn’t just arrive here, I was absorbed. My default detachment setting was over-ridden. The neighbourhood took me in, gave me flowers, wine (lots of wine, it’s Wivenhoe), conversation and a sense of community.

Four months later, I remain centre stage at a waterside theatre; the winter stalls filled by fishing boats, cyclists, walkers, runners, dogs and their humans. This week, I exchanged Christmas gifts with neighbours and so discovered my new name. NextDoor is where I am (even if they live in the next street).

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Smiling

Table Service

As The Black Buoy pub is closed, Frank expects table service of ale and ‘a substantial meal’ at home.

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Smiling

Miss Baudet Bedecked

The devil’s in the detail for Miss Baudet – Merry Christmas!

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Making

A Frozen Web

A thawing cobweb as the temperature edges close to zero.

Out at daybreak on Tuesday to photograph cobwebs in the freezing mist, I literally bumped into a professional photographer doing the same. He gave me his card and we both turned to go in opposite directions, disappearing into the fog to go our separate ways along the river. It was a great way to start the day before my final lectures of the year.

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Living

Tymperleys

Tymperleys: photograph taken at dusk this evening.

Tymperleys was originally a fifteenth-century building, here in Colchester, Essex. At one stage, it was the home to William Gilberd, who became the physician to Queen Elizabeth I and who was a pioneer of research into magnetism. Although he died in London, he was buried across the road at Holy Trinity Church, Colchester in 1603. Now, just off Trinity Street in Colchester, Tymperleys is an oasis of calm in the town centre.

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Moving

Soft Focus

Taken on my sunset walk along the River Colne tonight, in the freezing fog, looking across to Rowhedge and their Christmas decorations. Every season, and each change of the weather, has its own beauty. The fog muffles sound and alters light, bringing quiet and calm, slowing life down.

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Thinking

Late Fragment

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Raymond Carver, A New Path to the Waterfall, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.

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Moving

A Rare Bird

Alighting from Wivenhoe quayside, today, 1 December 2020.

Welcoming Advent on my morning walk along the quayside at Wivenhoe, before starting another day working from home.