Essex - underrated

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The layby that I sat and called my friends

Dad is still sick in the hospital, so I am spending a lot more time in Essex than I would normally choose to do.  I don't like spending too much time in Essex, and everyone assumes this is because it is horrible.  It really isn't.  It's just that my parents live 45 minutes from a cinema, 30 minutes from the nearest deli, and about an hour and a half from anything I would view as a decent museum or art gallery.  And there are no hills.  And I spent two years back at home trying to persuade my Essex friends to go out dancing, or to the pub, and managed to get htem to the pictures about a quarter as often as I would have liked.  That fact alone ought to put any rumours of Essex being a land of party mad blonde sex monsters to rest.

dragon on the church gate
  I didn't get to a nightclub once in those two years.  I thought my youth was going to atrophy and drop off.

But it isn't horrible.  These pictures were taken when I left the intensive care unit dad was in for an hour to get some air and phone my friends to update them ("no, I can't come out tonight.  I know it's your birthday.") and they're within half an hour of Stansted airport.  The photos show the little cottages with decorated plasterwork - pargetting - that are sort of Essex's hallmark architecture.  They also show the layby I made the phone calls from - bound to be a tourist attraction when I publish my memoires (provisionally titled "memoirs of someone who was actually pretty happy as a child, thank you, and thoroughly average as an adult" - what do you think? ;)  ).  It also has a small plaster cottage. 

Essex is actually quite pretty. 

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