I was upset a fortnight ago, to find that my camera no longer worked. It could hardly have come at a worse time, as the summer is nearly upon us. I've missed the better half of the bluebell season and the thought of having to forgo summer activity is saddening. Colchester Camera Repair Service provided an estimate for me and they're currently working on a solution. I hope to get the camera back by the weekend. Its absence has left a void in my life.
This photo of a pregnant Roe deer doe was the last picture I took. She was quite happy to graze in the field, if I respected her personal space. Undoubtedly, her twins will be born either this week or next. I'd love to capture her Kids in an image or better still, their birth. I have the week off in early June, so anything could happen!
Finally, there has been a spate of former friends and "frenemies" approaching me in person, after seeing my work online or in local calendars. They seem to appear in random locations; sometimes two come in as many days. Dozens of silent calls from mobile numbers may follow. So, let's be perfectly clear: unless you're Doc Martin, we all want to be polite and not close the door in someone's face mid-sentence. Of course, there are exceptions, such as my good friend, who is starting a new life with her family in Spain. A lot of people will be sad to see her leave. My other friend, who is like a brother, is planning to move to the USA in two years. If our paths cross again in 10 years, my gut feeling will be positive. However, I firmly believe that, in many cases, there is no future in the past. I don't do this "friends reunited" camaraderie. It's awkward when you've evolved into a completely different person, with new priorities and a wiser head. I'm sure you're a perfectly nice person (when you're not immersing bunnies in saucepans of boiling water or ordering fava beans and bottles of Chianti from Waitrose), but no, I don't want to "go for a beer" or "keep in touch". Please just keep walking. It makes life easier.