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We are on the move. Our house is up for sale. We are preparing to down-size. For a number of reasons. Partly financial. Partly because our teenage son will be leaving home come September and it seems crazy for two of us plus a dog and a cat to be rattling around a house of …

Yule 2015 #5

Finally, after what seems like an eternity of preparation, today was the Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre. Normally, in our house, this marks the start of Christmas. We go to the Fayre, drink some mulled wine, eat some mince pies, buy some presents, sing some carols, come home, put up the decorations, watch the movie "Elf". …

Fire#1

It is summer. Finally. The days are long. There is heat in the sun. There are times in the day when we seek shade. That cold wind has disappeared and we can sit outside long into the evening. Darkness takes its time in coming. It is a time of fire. Of energy. The sun pumps …

belonging

To where do I belong? I have been thinking about it a lot recently. It used to be the case that most people never moved far from where they were born. You were born in the village. Your father was born in the village. Your father's father. And you stayed in the village. All your …

The Festival

I live in the UK. In the county of Shropshire. In a town called Much Wenlock. It is a small town and civil parish of about 3,000 people. Unbeknownst to most people, it is in fact the Centre of the Universe. To be precise, the Centre of the Universe lies at the back of AJ's …