Monday, May 21, 2012

OWT - Living in the past / Chilcompton – where our story begins.

This is a view of the street I was born in.  For reasons that were never made clear to me, my parents dispensed with the normal routine of fashionable health care and decided (or maybe they did not decide at all!) to let me be born in the front room.  I would live in the same house for the next 19 years, until I left to study in far flung Sunderland.  It’s strangely grounding to live within feet of the spot you were born.  Maybe that accounts for my (slightly over blown) sense of place in the childhood landscapes I remember.  
I was born in the spring that followed the coldest winter for a generation, and I cannot really imagine what it must have been like inside the house during those snowy months – although “cold” springs to mind.   
It’s an ongoing source of amusement to me that I now live a house with central heating (for only the second time!) in a part of the country where it’s rare to have frosts and I can wear shorts for most of the year.  I think my mum would have liked the warmth.
You can find more pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.
You can find more of my rambling thoughts on the world by clicking the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of this page.
Enjoy the pictures.

13 comments:

ladyfi said...

That street looks so picturesque.

My sister was born at home too - I think it was far more common back in the day..

karen said...

How I envy the sense of place feeling, I don't have that as we moved about a lot with dad's work, though I have made sure my children have that feeling.

Thanks for sharing. x

TexWisGirl said...

what a great piece of stewart history. :)

Sylvia K said...

A great looking place and as TWG wrote, a great piece of stewart history!! Thanks for sharing!

Connie Smiley said...

Love the look of that street, and it must be nice to have roots like that.

NatureFootstep said...

great! I wonder how that would be. I have not seen the town I was born in for, maybe, 20 years.

NixBlog said...

Wow! Amazing to visit a house that one was actually born in... No wonder you feel a sense of attachment, especially after living there during your formative years, Stewart...

Gary said...

Beautiful, and typically English!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jim said...

Fascinating start to your life.

Dianne said...

What a big step it must have been Stewart leaving the area that was so familiar and heading out here to our vast country.

KB said...

Great pic. My OWT pis are up too.

Arija said...

I so enjoy your rambling thoughts Stewart. Keep them coming.

Karen said...

What a quaint place to live.