Through the kids' eyes

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Kids rule! Life's simple. Actually, it's not, but it's great to be reminded what it's like to be 3 years old and king or queen of all you survey as I was here.

My camera seems to go almost everywhere now, and I even get the odd picture I really like. However, this trip to see my old mate Steve and his family in the peace and quiet of the Lincolnshire countryside threw up some spectacular images. Kids are always curious about playing with cameras and the joys of the digital age make you realise how much SLR film must have been wasted on "junior photography" as everything in sight gets shot. Elliott and Niamh were no exception. Whether there was any significance in the photographic beheading of Mum & Dad, I'm not sure, but I suppose it is a long way up to take a picture of 6'5" Steve!

As at ease as I feel in countryside surroundings, I suppose that I've got used to city life, more so in recent times. The environment here feels alien and it is both inspiringly yet frighteningly isolated. If there was another more original word I could think of to do justice to the Lincolnshire countryside I'd use it, but it is just so flat! The flatness seems to accentuate the isolation. It emphasises to me the choices that people make about where to live their lives. Much as I appreciate the peace and quiet, I don't think I could live here. Even when Steve offers to drive to pick me up and drop me off at the nearest mainline railway station it's an hour and a half round trip each time. It's nice to see him and to have the time to chat in the car, but I'm more of an urban dweller than I realised. I hope they will be happy out here what to me is another world.
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