Old Hall, Little Plumstead

Some time ago I asked a complete stranger to take a picture for me of a place where I once lived and had a very good time.

In 1989 I came to live in Old Hall, Little Plumstead Hospital. I made friends there that I haven’t forgotten and I never will. I lived and worked there, grew up, learned, loved and was loved.

That place was Little Plumstead Hospital. Like any other landscape, it changes. Things are broken down, buildings are built, streets overgrowing, trees cut down and gardens created. Little Plumstead Hospital is such a place. The last time I saw my precious Old Hall was when I showed it to my newly wed wife, Christa. I felt so proud that I once was part of that world on its own that I just had to let her see it.

People change, not only landscapes. In the years after we grew older, our children were born and grew up and we got 4 lovely children now. But even though it has been years ago, I never forgot.

And when I asked Evelyn Simak to make me a picture of Old Hall I knew I could never go back there anymore and her efforts would be my only chance to get another look at my past there.

So here it is: Old Hall, Little Plumstead Hospital. Thank you Evelyn Simak!

Old Hall, Little Plumstead Hospital

More beautiful pictures made by Evelyn Simak can be found on the website of Geograph British Isles.


Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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