Categories
Thinking

The First Ten Days.

Of the 366 in 2020. A leap year.

7AA68A1F-9A04-4A32-AE2E-53AF96FEC209_1_201_a

Looking back, over the views which bridged the reflective new year holiday in Cornwall, before looking forward to what is yet to come.

F7F3A726-7135-431F-9C30-993B4FFC9495_1_201_a

Returning to Essex, meant returning to work – two different employers, two different jobs, on three different sites in two different towns.

AD144199-09FF-4F60-B3B2-41F700D2B66F_1_201_a

I was met by new faces, old faces, all: ‘Happy 2020!’

I step (rather than leap) into a new job in the third week of this month.

754DAC24-BA18-45AA-9716-F60CE3FE2ED3_1_201_a

I’m apprehensive and curious; it’s energising. Step forward, 2020.

Categories
Living

Clocking Off

The air is milder, the days little-by-little longer, now, I feel it is but a short hop to Spring. In the morning, I leave for work as the sun comes up, and in the evening, I leave for home just as it sets. Winter is clocking off.

Categories
Living

Home from Home

Once upon a time, my grandparents lived here with my mother and uncle. Last week upon a time, I suddenly came across this house and realised it was the one. Now, the buildings and cars have encroached, but my family’s stories keep the place apart.

Categories
Making

Mural

As seen today on the rear wall of a house in the Dutch Quarter, backing on to Colchester Castle Park, Essex. A feast for the eyes and food for thought.

Categories
Making

Number 18

My GP (general practitioner, or family doctor) is based at Durlston House, or number 18 North Hill, Colchester. I have a long connection to North Hill, perhaps longer than I realise, specifically number 47 with its key place in my personal history.

Number 18 lies on the east side of North Hill and has its own stories to tell, of course. It was given Grade II listed status in 1950 – recognising its late 16th-century structure with Georgian facade and its 18th-century oriel window over the central doorcase. Yet earlier, in the 19th-century, Roman tessellated paving and medieval walling had been discovered in the back garden.

There are exposed wooden beams throughout the house, perhaps the most eye-catching of which are in the north room downstairs, now the surgery waiting room. Here, the walls are covered with public health notices, an electronic screen flashes the names of patients, doctors, and rooms, and the obligatory leisure magazines sit, neglected, on a corner table.

If those waiting (sometimes) patiently only look up to the beams, they can see there painted inscriptions. The medical practice has thoughtfully transcribed, printed out and framed them as a poster for the patient to read and make of what they will. Here, as so often in life (and medicine), there is no explanation.

Categories
Living

Town Hall Triptych

St George’s Day 2017, Colchester, Essex. Waiting for the parade to pass by in the High Street.

Categories
Living

Sunday Morning In

At St Leonard’s in Lexden, Essex.

Categories
Moving

Saturday Night Out

In Wivenhoe, Essex, at The Black Buoy pub once again. The route back to the train station takes me through the churchyard of St Mary-the-Virgin.

Categories
Loving

My Sister (With Me).

47 North Hill, Colchester, Essex. 1964
Falmouth, Cornwall. 2004

From Essex to Cornwall. And beyond!