With all the world cup fever going on, I couldn’t resist this title – those of you of a certain vintage may remember this as the title of the ‘official England world cup song’ from 1970, when we played as defending champions. Although we didn’t win, maybe the tournament will be remembered for Gordon Banks making what many people think was the greatest save of all time.
However, I digress – in this post, back home refers to a visit I made back to my home town of Crawley earlier this month, during which I explored some old haunts from my youth and early adulthood, discovering that although many things around us may change as time marches on, it can be quite refreshing to find that some things remain the same.
The initial premise of the trip was to spend Fathers Day with my sons, something that I don’t get the chance to do very often – and the occasion did not disappoint. Along with Mrs E, the day began by sharing a ‘full english’ breakfast with Alex, and in the evening, we all got together again for dinner at the Curious Pig in the Parlour (regular readers may recall me blogging about this place last year), where we were also joined by Jamie, so it was a wonderful and all too rare family day.
For the rest of the week that I had arranged to be in Crawley, I had no firm plans so it was very much a ‘make it up as you go along’ trip, but having my camera, my intention was to revisit and capture some of those places that recall memories from the past.
Goffs Park and Tilgate Park
The area around Crawley is blessed with many green spaces and parks, these shots are from my two favourite parks, Goffs Park, and Tilgate Park.
In and around Ifield Village
Ifield Village is an area within the Crawley neighbourhood of Ifield, which was designated a conservation area in 1981. The area has a number of listed buildings, including the magnificent 13th Century St. Margaret’s Church. Ifield itself will always be close to my heart as I was born and raised here, so it is always great to come back.
So, as a nostalgic visit came to a close and I got ready to return to the intense summer heat of Dubai, I was able to look back on great memories, from when my life was simpler, and when all I had to worry about was getting back home in time for dinner!
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