|On The Surface Things Seemed OK|
A walk in nature reclaimed industrial Northwich this Christmas Day. For major personal reasons, melancholy was swirling in my head, exaggerated by the tear-drops falling even through the dark woodland canopy we explored, my brother, nephew and I.
|An Alternative Root|
Amongst the tangled broken limbs of moss covered trees, lay deep, black boggy water and remnants of old industrial structures. The businesses had closed down, the people had moved on and the buildings were mostly demolished. Nature really had made a good job of covering the industrial wasteland and the plant life clinging to every branch and wall gave off a green glow of survival. In the windless silence of the copse, drips of water created tiny ripples of movement in the pools beneath. The saturated and decomposing wood debris and leaf litter, broke like Cheshire cheese underfoot.
|There Was No Way Back In|
There was such a silence, an occasional boy racer revving an engine in the distance and a huge balding tough guy restraining a Rottweiler as he walked past, "He's just excited" he assured, like a lion is before a good kill I presume. After pushing through wet and bedraggled spindling, we came across a lake, hidden from the main path. In the gloomy drizzle the lake provided a bright breather but standing at the edge of the lake looking in, it was black, impervious and edged with chemical froth. Nature has done an amazing job of bringing life back despite man made adversity.
Tears in the Flood
My life will be changing in 2013, it's already started. Life does go on, everything and everyone is in a constant mini evolution anyway, change is happening but big changes are either forced upon us or decided on through sheer determination, but change does bring new beginnings and new opportunities. Life as they say, really does go on. I'd like to thank my brother Simon, my sister in law Donna and my nephew Leven for bringing so much light to this Christmas.
|My brother Si, left, nephew Lev and me in a silly hat|