Hello, and welcome to my first (well, ok, my second, but it’s my first proper one!) blog post, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain why this blog is called what it is, and a little bit about who I am.
So, why The Mendip Nomad? I’ve been a nomad most of my life – I worked out recently that my move to Cambridge would mean a 13th new address in a little over 30 years. But why Mendip? Because half-way through my life I moved, with my dad, mum and sister, to the Mendip area of Somerset. My parents and my sister still live there. It’s where I met the majority of the small group I am priveleged to call my closest friends. It’s the reason I avidly support Bath Rugby, why I keep an eye on League One results for Yeovil Town. It’s where I learned to drive, and learned to drink (you know what I mean, and I never did the two at the same time – we always designated a driver). When someone asks where I’m from I often give a convoluted answer, and if they ask where I live then I can give a simple answer. If they ask where home is then the answer is Somerset, and more particularly the place where the Mendip Hills run down to the Somerset Levels. I’m a nomad who calls the Mendips home, therefore I am The Mendip Nomad!
And who is the Nomad? Well, I’m currently a resident of Wesley House, Cambridge, as I prepare to begin training as a Methodist Presbyter (for those that don’t do technical terms that’s someone who wears a funny collar and works for the Methodist Church). This will involve studying for a degree from the University of Cambridge as well as doing many other things alongside. I’m married to Mrs Nomad and have a young daughter (who will hereafter normally be referred to as the wee one), and we have all made the plunge and moved up to Cambridge together for two years.
Well, I think I’ll leave it there, as I have other things to go and do. I’m hoping to use the blog to do many things, and will likely comment on topics and issues that are rather wide ranging, but for now I’m off to find a post box for some mail of the old-fashioned kind.