These little guys used to make me smile when I was away from home. They were a reminder of home as I lived only a few miles from the famous jam factory in Tiptree.

Those of you who have been following my blogs will know that I’m struggling with the concept of what ‘home’ means to me now, and this morning at breakfast I had a stark reminder.

This is being compounded by uncertainty at work and where there used to be three of us from Essex enjoying breakfast and joking about the jam factory, the future could mean that number reduces and I lose people that I consider my friends. This makes me really sad and doesn’t help my state of mind right now.

It’s amazing how the little things can have such a big impact.