The first page – Not Quite Lost

Eve of destruction: a childhood home
Alderley Edge, Cheshire

‘Roz, good to bump into you here on Facebook! Did you know your old house has been knocked down? So sad.’
Many reunions on social media bring a surprise, but they are rarely so seismic.
I searched immediately for my old street on Google Earth.
Outside my window, it was a cold night in February 2017. On Google Earth, it was the previous summer.
The trees were lush. I hovered in over lawns cropped short, streaked with straw-coloured sunburn. And my old house, a mountain range of red roofs, was still whole.

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