Adrianperkins, United Kingdom

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  • icon 23rd March 1939
    (85 years old)

About Adrian...

Hi there; my name is Adrian; I was born in England in 1939.
I live in the city of Ely in East England. The origins of Ely lie in the establishment of an abbey here in 673CE. The meaning of 'Ely' is believed to derive from 'the isle of eels'. Eels are still caught in the area to this day.

The dominant feature of the city is its glorious medieval cathedral, whose tower can be seen for miles around.

8/21 Update. I have moved house from the upstairs apartment in Ely to a bungalow 60 miles north of Ely in the small Norfolk town of Attleborough. There are no stairs to climb here (cheering from my knees!) and I am much nearer two thirds of my family.

Age has caught up with me and I am no longer able to do many of the things that once gave me great joy. In particular, I can no longer walk more than 100 meters at a go. I used to have a passion for hiking in the beautiful UK countryside. Once retired, I averaged around 50 kilometers per week. I now have to use an electric mobility scooter to get about outside. This can be fun, but it is no substitute for hiking; I miss it dreadfully.

So what do I do now? I read a lot; two recently-read books I would strongly recommend are 'Educated' by Tara Westover and 'After The Fire' by Will Hill.
I listen to music -- mostly classical, particularly Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc.
I enjoy watching movies and TV series on the splendid Netflix. I took up writing, and had a novel ('Time & Again') and a book of short stories published.
I started writing again after a long period of feeling I had lost that ability. Postcrossing has taught me that I had got that wrong. THANK YOU POSTCROSSING.

Before retirement I was a school teacher in primary schools (5-11 year olds), finishing as the head teacher of a small, rural school in Suffolk.

I am delighted to receive whichever postcard you choose to send. What matters to me is what is written on the other side -- words sent by many different people from all over the world. Truly wonderful. However, can you please limit the card size to no more than 10x15 cms. I cannot fit anything larger into my albums. Apologies for any inconvenience.

27-DEC-2019: I have decided that, as I have written in some detail about myself above, there is no point in repeating it in my postcard messages. Instead, I am in the process of writing a series of short memory-pieces under the general heading of 'Glimpses of a Life' (my life) to use as my messages. Unfortunately, most of them are too long to fit onto a postcard (though worry you not -- there's nothing longer than 1,500 words which is one page of A4 in typed format ). I enclose the card with one 'glimpse' in an envelope, and post that. So, all these 'Glimpses' are autobiographical, factual descriptions of actual events or periods in my life.
Updated on 05/22

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