Some people think the magnetic north is located somewhere near the north pole; it's not true. Well, not for me anyway.
My true north lies at 5 High.
A month ago we scattered my Grandfather's ashes off the end of the pier, he took two sisters with him (in ash form obviously!), so he will not be short of 'head leaders'.
A few weeks ago my Aunt rang and asked if there was anything from the house I wanted as Grandma is not going to live there any more, so these are the things I would like:
I would like the outside shower full of sand after we have all come back from the beach;
the sound of feet swinging on the black box outside the loo while we all queue to spend a penny before going out;
telling stories of Maggie the witch who lives through the hatch in the loo;
Grandma and Grandad's bed scaled with the help of a chair as we all pile in;
the fairies that danced in the fire while we toasted crumpets;
the twin beds that Katy and I slept in - my blankets remaining beautifully tucked in after I slept like a 'princess' and watching Katy struggle to remake hers the next morning.
Wardrobes full of cousins as we play sardines at Christmas.
The poster grandma would put on my bedroom door at Christmas when I was little;
the claw foot bath ...
I could go on about the summers I worked with Grandparents; my Grandma meeting me off the bus for a weekend with them..
but actually as I have typed this I have realised that many of my 5 high memories are also memories of my cousins, and all the summers we spent together, and I guess we still all have each other and the Hut.