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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.

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Early Night

Shortening days, lengthening shadows.

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Thursday Twilight

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Last Orders

At The Black Buoy

My last visit to the local pub before national lockdown 2.0 began in England on Thursday 5 November. Cheers to the other side!

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18:12 – Hard Standing

Twilight at Wivenhoe Sailing Club on the River Colne.

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18:08