And I’m not sure I like it.

We’ve come home with a bug – I lay down at 1 as I couldn’t keep my eyes open and Tim woke me at 7. Doesn’t feel like I had 6 hours extra sleep.

I’m twitchy. Irritated. For the last two weeks, whenever I’ve passed someone by they’ve nodded, smiled, we’ve exchanged greetings at the least and sometimes gossip. Here I went to the fruiterer I’ve shopped with for five years and barely got a hello.

Kentwell is a village as villages used to be I think. There are people you get along with, people you don’t. But there’s pretty much always someone you can talk to, who’ll watch the children for a minute while you run an errand, or whose children you watch in return.

Children. There are children in evidence. And people like them. They play on the front sward of an evening, all ages together. They play actual physical games, and run and jump and shout. No scheduling required, no special arrangements. Here Tigerboy rides in the buggy because I daren’t have him walk behind me at his pace.

The whole pace of life is different and wrong here. Late nights and late mornings. No one to be with, barely a friendly face.

I miss the Manor.

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  1. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. You got me thinking about what makes my locality a social and community based place even though it is in the city. The two biggest places that families come together to build community is at the children’s schools and at synagogue (or church/mosque). Other places are the park on a Saturday afternoon and the pool in the summer. You don’t need to have a school, a church, or belong to a pool but you need to make yourself a community if that’s the sort of life you want. Communities grow around regular events where they come together. Maybe you could start a Sunday picnic for local families with a game of cricket or footy. Or a weekly meet-up on the beach?

    • Jax Blunt says:

      I’ve been going to the swimming pool to take children to lessons or club for 5 years now. I don’t know anyone well enough to say more than a few words if I pass them in the street. I think the fault lies with me.

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