I grew up in a village called Belbroughton, on the edge of the Black Country. These memoir pieces are from my childhood. A collection of these pieces was long-listed for the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, 2018. Another short piece was originally published by the Black Country Arts Foundry, also in 2018. (The link below will take you to the site)
The photo is of an old oak not too far from where I grew up. I once came eye to eye with an owl in that tree. I always used to visit the tree when returning to the village but sadly, now that both my parents are gone, I rarely visit.