Saturday, 13 February 2010
A trip down memory lane
It may have been due to the delirium of my recent illnes but I have been having lots of strange dreams about the past.
This morning I woke up after a vivid dream in which I returned to my childhood home in Manchester only to discover my bolt-hole - the local library had been bulldozed.
When I was a child and needed some space (usually from my brother) I would slam the door of my tiny terraced home and retreat to Walkden Library.
It was a two minute walk away across Memorial Road.
My dad used to say "watch that road because if you get run down and break your legs don't come running to me."
It was his gentle way of telling me to be careful. I think.
There was a lily pond outside and in the summer my friends and I would step across the stones trying to avoid ending up ankle deep in muddy water.
During the summer holidays I would enter all the reading and writing competitions and once made the district library final of Scrabble.
I loved the library - the smell of the books and the way the sun would reflect into the largely glass building illuminating the dust motes.
Last year I met a writer who had worked there recently and she told me the devastating news that it was to be pulled down.
I had forgotten about that meeting until the dream last night and I woke up with such a sad feeling.
Yesterday when I wore this outfit it was for another trip down memory lane.
I took the children from the school were I am working back to my old workplace, The Liverpool Echo, for a guided tour.
My old colleague Chris Walker who is now the managing editor kindly agreed to put himself in the firing line for a barrage of brilliant questions.
I worked there first as a news reporter and later as a features writer between 1992 untill 2003 when I went freelance but there were still a lot of familiar faces to say hello to.
It was also my 21st wedding anniversary and in the evening we went to The Royal Court to see our old pal, Neil Caple (Marty from Brookside) take the lead role in Funny Money.
Neil is a great actor.
He has appeared in film, television, stage and is a former member of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
He is also very kind because now and again he comes to the prison and helps me present some drama workshops!
Boots - Dorothy Perkins
T - shirt - French Connection
Skirt - TK Maxx
Cardigan - Tesco