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Summer Wall

Along the quay at Wivenhoe, landside is as beautiful as waterside in June.
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Confidence

In Colchester, new businesses have opened in the past year and are now thriving.
Confidence returning.
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Push/Pull

With the cold Spring, the local fishermen have had to wait longer to go to sea this year. Now the fish are coming back, the boats are going out. Looking out from the kitchen window, it’s reassuring to see them mooring up again. The push and pull of the marine parking lot.

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Goodnight, April

20:58 – 30 April – a Wivenhoe jetty sunset
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#Mood

Exposed. Defiantly holding on for cover.

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That Time Again

One of the unalloyed pleasures of an English Spring – locally-grown asparagus.
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08:05

A misty February morning sunrise over the River Colne at Cooks Shipyard, Wivenhoe.

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Happy Wednesday

When the neighbours seem to know you need cheering up, there’s a knock on the window, a chat and a gift-wrapped bottle of wine. Jane NextDoor
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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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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.