I love going back home to Warwickshire. More specifically Dunchurch, on the outskirts of Rugby. This is where I grew up and went to school and where my parents still live. I don’t come home regularly, this is only the 2nd time this year thanks to the rather cramped schedule I have had. Warwickshire is one of those areas that calmly displays its heritage amongst rolling hills that just make things relaxed. It makes no fuss, there are no fan fares, just go and explore.
I got back home last night (Thursday) through the 6-8 inches of snow across this part of the Midlands, the heaviest single day snow fall in over 15 years by my memory. I think today I am going to go out for a walk through Dunchurch and the countryside around it, go and see the sights and what has changed about the village. I’m not back for long, just enough time to do a tour of the family and friends then it is back to Leeds to complete an assignment for my Chartered Managers Institute (CMI) diploma and perhaps get some of that long standing research done.
It is interesting to see that the similarities between me and my Dad have grown over time. I didn’t intend to follow in his footsteps into Engineering and I certainly don’t specialise in it. However our fields now overlap so much so that he used to work for customers of Craftsman Tools way back before I was born! A few years ago it would have been ludicrous to suggest that there would be conversations about the manufacturing industry in our household although it is nice to have someone in my family who understands what it is I do!
The holidays are a good time to relax and reflect on the year, the people who have been important factors in it and to start planning for next year. I need to start making some longer term decisions fairly soon and I have got the business end of a two year project that needs delivering! But work get’s left alone for now, at least until Tuesday and my return to Leeds. For now, it is time for family, friends and a bit of me time.
I don’t think I write a thoughtful post this afternoon or for the next few days but I’ve got some photos to share with you from frozen Leeds and there will be some from a snowy Dunchurch to come.
So in the meantime I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I wish you a happy and prosperous 2011!