Some more pictures of Milton Keynes. For yea verily, I am still here.
Everyone's been wonderful, phoning up and emailing and even coming to see me. Thank you. And I wish I could answer that oft asked question "So, what have you been up to since we last spoke?" with something exciting, enthralling and generally conversation-worthy. Unfortunately, the answer too often consists of "sitting, laying down, getting up, walking around a bit, and then laying down for a while longer"
Yup, this injury might take a little while longer to properly heal. I know, I know; I'm the bounce-back boy, the Phoenix. But this one's going to take a little longer. Don't worry, the wait will be worth it!
To add insult to injury... my sitting, laying down, walking about answer doesn't remotely do justice to what's really been going on here.
My time with Steve and family is very special. This is the longest we've ever spent together, so those deep late-night conversations can finish a little earlier, and have slightly less words per second.
I'm doing some reading, some training, some long-put-off software exploration; putting many rooms of my house in order - perhaps even the foundations. A fallow field may look inert, but there's plenty going on beneath the surface....
And I'm exploring a small area. I can walk about a mile or so, and I've got my cameras now. So all the shots here and in the album Further Adventures in MK were appropriated within a half mile radius of this very sofa. It makes me look closer at what's already here, and as you can see, I love the colours of the leaves and berries at this time of year.
Sometimes it's the restrictions that make sense of something, provide the contextual boundaries. I only had a £30 compact camera when I first got here, one that takes film - I've had it for something like 20 years now - and one of Steve's friends asked about tripods and the such like. Well, I've never been a fan of tripods; they slow me down, make stuff look static and a bit wooden, so I was all for showing that you can take some interesting shots in low light without a lot of expensive and cumbersome paraphernalia. Here's one:
A touch of the frankenstein, about it, do you not think? This area's such a mash-up. Right next to this sub-station is a Lady Chapel. It's all that's left of Bradwell Abbey, and if it seems to crop up quite a lot in the album on the left, it's because it draws me here a lot. Or the land here does; I'm not sure which. But every evening the light on it is different. And if there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, then I guess this is today's money shot...