Old Hall – once majestic, now fallen

This morning I read in the news, (EDP24, 14 August 2016) that Old Hall in Little Plumstead has burnt down and is no longer. I am sad. And I am in tears.

Old Hall.

I have great memories of this house that was once my home when it was still Little Plumstead Hospital. When I was young I lived in England for a few years and this was the place I called my own. When I arrived I felt a sort of glorious feeling, I was going to live in this beautiful mansion, my castle with a tower!

I felt part of its history as I learned the language, the dialect, the customs, the ways of Norfolk. It was my coming of age, once my great love, my safety, my shelter and it gave place to the people I since then call my friends as they made me feel one of them.

I had a short glance at the pictures of the fire at the EDP24 website but I can’t bear to see them now, not yet. They are a blur through my tears anyway as I write this up as a short account of times when life was good. Old Hall – once majestic, now fallen.

But never forgotten.


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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