I finally managed to get myself out and make my urgent visit home to see my Mum. She’d been home from hospital a couple of days and still not well enough to chat on the phone. Friday when I woke toward evening I just knew I had to snatch the chance, and instead of getting ready to sleep around 4am, have a taxi booked, get in it, get on a train and get myself home. Just for the day. It was no good me trying to plan for another time, another day as I have no reliability for planning. It felt like now or never.
I seized the day – and caught a fine few new photos along the journey too. It’s distracting from pain and discomfort to play with taking photos or video clips, focussing intently on the view, aspects of the travelling images flying by the window… looking out for some visual cue of a spot you’ve always hoped to capture while whizzing past and still probably missed it… but I made it home and back home again, going home both ways of the journey.
Now I’m stuck back in bed most of two days so far, travelling the course of symptom flares and exhaustion, attempting to regain some balance after self-inflicted over-exertion, but surviving the journey, home. My Mum is back in hospital, hopefully getting the treatment she needs. Hopefully I’ll be making that journey again, sometime soon.
Right now, I’m back home, with my dog, planning rest, nutritional therapy and getting myself well enough to make the journey again.
Below are two photos I took last June when I signed up for Photo101 but wasn’t well enough to take part properly. These are from a batch of shots I’d taken around my home and garden on 27th June 2015, attempting to find something that might fit every prompt.
My front door is symbolic of ‘home’ and represents security, safety and shelter.
It also symbolises confinement and to opposing extents both gratitude and despair (of the trappings of moving to this house and of having to leave my family home early in 2012).
below: my dog, Boo, enjoying some sunshine while guarding the back door and garden, watching me make my way through the early summer’s overgrowth, taking photos and assessing urgent need for garden maintenance.
‘Home’ has so much potential as a prompt. As I look through old photos and things, I’ll maybe start collecting some together that signify in other ways what ‘home’ means… and next time Photo101 starts, I hope to be well enough to get out taking photos, sign-up and attempt it again – maybe they’ll have new prompts by then…