Spring is in the air at Codmanton – New beginnings

Today’s photograph was taken in late March this year on my Samsung Galaxy A51 smartphone. It’s of a Magnolia Stellata shrub in my garden. The settings, according to the Exif data are as follows: Focal length 4.6mm, Aperture f/2, shutter speed 1/1000 seconds, ISO 32. I’m quite pleased with that phone.

Does the photo have anything to do with my new story, “A New Tangled Tango”? Well, I’m still writing about early April 2005 – Springtime: a time for fresh starts.

Gareth has made a new start by leaving behind a past he now regrets. His new beginning must continue though by a process of reparation – even to the point of eating humble pie to his son and his ex-wife. Tony Blair, the then British Prime Minister, has opened the way for a fresh start by announcing a general election. A new term has begun at schools after the Easter Break and Sandra, the Librarian, is loving her new life as a grandmother to twelve month old Emily. Sandra’s unemployed son – recently made redundant – is seeking a new job. Finally, in the garden, Spring is announcing itself with new leaves, blossom, buds and flowers.

At close of play tonight, I see that my word total is slightly over 12,000 and I still have no vision for how the book will end. I see options but nothing to offer itself as a bridge from here to any of these. Still, Winter hides its face from Spring because Summer is blocking the view.

I visited the Library and spoke to a very helpful librarian. I took away much more information than I ever expected and, as a consequence, I’ve been able to amend two of my original descriptions of library procedures and organisation for the better. Thank you, Carol, from Chester Lane Library, St Helens.

More tomorrow, God willing!

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