It’s the time of year for looking back on all the trials and tribulations that 2017 has brought. This year is different as we are preparing to move out of the house we have lived in for 30 years, so I have more than just 2017 to look back on. It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I go.
I have a huge number of print and digital photographs to remind me of our many happy times here and my biggest collection of photographs is of the park opposite my house.
The park has changed much as nature intended it to. Trees have grown, fallen over, died and been cut back. Grass has grown, been cut, grown back again. The lake has risen, gone down, been drained, filled back up, frozen over, fished in, sailed on and even skied on. Wildlife has been supported. Birds, fish, squirrels, rats, cats and dogs have all thrived and survived in this park. A lot of people have come and gone through this park, a lot of friends still come and go.
The image I have chosen was taken in 2014. It is one of many sunset pictures I have taken here. You can hear the motorway from where this picture was shot but you’d never guess it by looking. Maybe this is the beauty of urban green spaces, you get the best of both worlds, you can escape from one to the other, from pavement to grass, from bricks to trees. Sometimes it’s hard to ignore the litter and the petty vandalism but it gets cleared up and the vandals eventually grow up and the park carries on, giving us the space to move, breathe and grow. It’ll be here a long time after I’m gone but I know I’ll return now and then just to see how it is getting on.
So that’s all from here for 2017. I’d like to wish everyone out there a peaceful and prosperous 2018. Maybe next year we could all find a bit of time for each other, a bit of patience and goodwill and a bit of love to share. One day, that bit of help we give away may just come back to us.