I was disappointed not to get the chance to do the photo prompt on this week’s workshop. Photography (of the amateur kind) is a bit of a secret passion of mine, although not one I seem to have invested a lot of time in lately. My camera is a bit rubbish and not working very well, with a battery life of about 20 minutes if you don’t use the flash, but it takes reasonable pictures.
So, this morning when there was finally a break in the rain, me and Kai wrapped up and set off to take some photos to introduce you to the very best thing about my home neighbourhood. We moved into our tiny terraced house 7 years ago at a time when I still couldn’t walk very far so it was actually only once I had started walking longer distances again, about 3 years ago, that I discovered this place.
There is a lot I don’t like about where I live. It is extremely urban and grey, right in the centre of our town. It only takes ten minutes to walk to the town centre which is a plus point, but the off-set is endless streets of wheelie bins and on-street parking, dog poo and just the odd, stunted tree. Our neighbours are horrendous and although we’ve made a good first home, I’ve never really put down roots here and am, quite frankly, desperate to move.
But this place is my sanctuary, my breath of life in an otherwise pretty soulless part of town. Two minutes walk from my house there is a footpath that winds its way between estates, coming out alongside the wide open space of the Common, working it’s way under the main roads and eventually to the town centre itself.
Rubbish and graffiti nestle alongside the trees and vegetation but the over whelming feeling is one of green and open skies, nature finding itself a little foothold and not letting go. As you walk you eventually leave houses behind, walking through the middle of the gorgeous town graveyard and coming to the wide pools and marshes of Nature Reserve that sits nestled against our little town.
It’s like having a little piece of the countryside that I can escape to whenever I am feeling a little hemmed in by the oppressiveness of urban living. I am a country girl at heart and having this small peace of green so close has saved my sanity many times over.
Anyway, enough words now – here is the rest of my little slice of home…
P.S. Dear Santa, if had maybe a spare Canon SLR lying around and that you might like to give to a good home, I promise I would be good for the rest of my life. (I still believe in you by the way…) x