Getting ready for Christmas I looked over to the house across the road: lights on, curtains open – revealing a scene of mum and children dressed for a party and dancing to decorate their own Christmas tree. But do you know, it did not feel right because that mum and those children are not the family we had got to know at number 50 over the previous eight years. That family had become part of number 50 – number 50 part of them.
We will get to know the newcomers, as will the house. That row of houses dates back to the 1880s and so number 50 has been home to quite a number of families. In our 37 years at number 29 we have seen six come and go. Strangely our house has seen far fewer incumbents: two generations of one family from 1907 to 1984, and then us. The relationship between our flesh and blood, body and souls and the bricks and mortar, garden and park, is strong.
And then I read that David Olusoga has been awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy Historian David Olusoga awarded President’s Medal | Awards and prizes | The Guardian