Well, it's gone - and I'm back. The MA dissertation that I have been working on for what seems like forever (actually only a few months - I postponed my submission last year) has been finished as much as it will ever be finished - and now all that has to be done is to sit and wait to see what the result may be.
Its a weird feeling - coming from spending practically all day and every day for weeks in my office, to having the freedom to do whatever I like now (within reason!). I feel a bit disoriented, a bit confused as to what I do actually want to do - and then I sit and make a list of all the things that actually NEED to be done (like cleaning floors and windows that have not been properly cleaned for months!), and suddenly I am back to earth with a bump, and my time already allocated for the next few weeks. But still, I am very conscious that I have the luxury of choosing when I do all the things that need to be done.
I suddenly feel very, very tired now that the pressure is off - and have what feels like a pinched nerve in my shoulder from holding it at the same angle here at the computer for too long...but they are trivial, both will pass and then I can get around to sorting out Autumn Cottage, arranging some new writing courses for 2011 - and thinking a bit about what adventures I can have next!
During a few hours off on a Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago I visited the local car boot sale and discovered a most intriguing box of photographs, taken between the 1890's and 1930's. The most pleasing thing about them is that they are photographs of local people and places - so I might well get in touch with the local newspaper, to see if anyone recognises their great Grandpa or Grandma on them. But for now, here are a few that might intrigue you too, taken, at a guess, anywhere between 1890 and 1910. If any Newbury locals read this - do you know where 'May Villas' may have been? (and do you recognise your Grandpa or Grandma here?)
It's good to be back in the blogosphere again:-)))