I drove up here on Monday from the South coast where I have been spending a few days following the completion of my first placement. I was quite sad to leave my lady but after 62 days on duty, I needed a break and more importantly a glass of chilled white wine and some company more in my age bracket. I found both in Littlehampton by the banks of the River Arun where I enjoyed some R&R with a new acquaintance. I set off in a hire car on Tuesday and drove here - impressing myself as I went round roundabout after roundabout and journeyed up the M4, M40, M5 and M6 - I had a ball and arrived slightly dizzy.
This morning Julia and I reminisced about the neighbourhood that we grew up in and we could recall all the neighbour's names from our road and many from the surrounding avenues.This was a time when you really knew who you lived among and neighbours were friends who cared for one another, whose troubles you shared and whose successes you celebrated. Their children played together - I remember being fed at some time or another by most of them. Life was good, simple and pretty stress free - Those really were the days! We also wondered how our family of 8 fit into that house!