The Clock Above

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Tarina from Fressingfield responded to Dean Parkin’s ‘A Picture of Where You Live’ exercise by writing about a memory of a particular autumn afternoon, not long after she had arrived in her village. Thanks for sending this to us, Tarina – we love how you describe this very special moment of bonding between you and the place where you live.

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The Clock Above

Shortly after moving to Fressingfield, I was walking 

through the churchyard of St. Peter & St. Paul. I stopped 

by the imposing flint clad tower to take in the view.

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The large green sloping space dotted with headstones, 

the red brick and brown wooden timbers 

of the Elizabethan Guildhall and the surrounding cottages.  

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All at once loud musical notes rang out over my head.  

Delighted, I looked up to see a metal clock above me 

on the tower wall, which proceeded to strike the hour.  

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That church tower is a landmark for my community 

and my home. I feel a sense of belonging if I’m walking 

or out in my garden and hear the chimes of the clock.

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Tarina, edited by Dean Parkin

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