On home turf

The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park

Oh my goodness, it makes you feel old. It really, really does. When you utter the words, 'I came here on a geography field trip', with the nonchalance of it being mere months ago, only to do the maths and realise it was actually twenty six years ago. Twenty six years! Twenty six years since I rolled up my school trousers and dipped my toes in to the icy River Alyn to measure the water flow.

Some days, it really does feel like it was just last summer. On others? It's as though it happened to a different person. The location's the same but the memories have faded. And if the water hadn't been so horribly cold when I waded in with my stopwatch and bucket, I'm not so sure that I would have any recollection of it at all.

I've had a fair few moments like this, recently. I think it's what comes with having children and living so close to where you grew up yourself. Everywhere and everything has a memory (and every shopping trip comes with the risk of bumping in to an old boyfriend or an old teacher ... I'm still to decide which is worse).

So, in-between Christmas and New Year, along with the rest of North Wales it seemed, we headed in convoy to our local country park. The scene of my icy dip. It was cold, it was busy, it was extremely muddy after all the recent rain (rain that continues to fall on a daily basis ... when will it ever stop?!), but it was a beautiful time of day to capture what little green is left on the trees and the sun low in the sky.

We've been back in the UK for two years now after seven years in Switzerland, and it's only recently that it's stopped feeling like we're settling back in. It never stopped feeling like home even when we were a flight away but there has still been a period of adjustment; time taken to reacquaint ourselves with an old friend.

I'm so happy that this is my home. My home turf. Extremely cold water, and all.

The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park
The Ordinary Lovely: Loggerheads Country Park