Longview Texas 2019

A time spent in Longview Texas. A place that surprised me. I was there to visit a long-lost relative. The landscape reminded me of Ireland. Green with a chill.


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the Tretchikoff in the attic

I'd heard the story, that I had an aunt who was discovered by an artist,  whose portrait had been painted by Vladimir Tretchikoff and hung in the Tate Britain in the 1960s. But there it was, sitting in her attic.


She invited me to view it towards the end of my time in Longview with her. I could tell she felt a little bashful showing me somthing so beautiful about her.

We stood there together and viewed it together. She told me how it triggered an incredible life for her. Full of tricky choices.

I learned a great deal about choice and success from the woman in this picture. I can understand why the artist felt compelled to use her as a model.


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homemade stove

My Aunt's Husband took some time for me one morning. He wanted to show me some things to bring home to Ireland. He is a survival trainer and has an incredible skill set I was really interested in learning.

He taught me how to made kindling from lint, wax and egg cartons. He showed me animal traps and what stings and what's safe.

He also taught me how to make the stove in this picture. It's made from an old aerosol cap and a tin amongst other things. When I took this picture it was still going strong after 20 minutes. Set on a well worked stoolIt summed up perfectly his practical liberation.

The man who lit this fire is one to have on your side in a crisis.



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what's a name for

I am an adopted person. When I was growing up with my adopted family I was Sarah Petherbridge as the law regards me also. My best pals growing up gave me Rah Petherbridge and I am that to my profession. When I was in Texas I was Emma Claire and I am that to a small handful of people who lost me for 32 years.

There's a certain romance to having been bestowed so many names. Regardless of what you call me, I am the person in this image. I know her and I like her. I'm delighted to have been brought into the world and have been given so much extra care and love.




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they know

My Uncle showed me this book. It was a bit dogeared from use. I found this book so compelling. Like if I understood everything inside it I would be able to relax in this ever worrying planet earth we live on.

I have a rather large burden of anxiety over how to survive in the wild. I am stocked up on waterproof matches, water purifiers, enough food for a month at all times at home. People may think that's excessive but it helps me sleep at night.

I bought this book online and had it sent to my home in Croydon while standing there talking to my Uncle. So I could relax and try and soak up what he was saying.