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Jan Leeming

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Date: 24th May 2009

Last week I set off on a trip to visit several of my friends in the Westcountry.  Spring is a magical time to be in the English Countryside - the greens are so fresh and the wildflowers in the hedgerows are a riot of rainbow colours.  I was also blessed with ten days of near perfect weather.

I stayed with some friends near Crewkerne and enjoyed a superb two hour walk with my host.  We visited Wayford Woods - now a Charitable Trust but once part of the domain of a wealthy local family.  In Victorian times the well to do very often made the Grand Tour and many brought back beautiful plant specimens which they added to their gardens.  Wayford Woods must once have been such a place as amongst the very old trees we saw a myriad of different coloured rhododendrons, palms and other plants far from their native habitat.  But the crowning glory for me was coming across a Tree I'd never seen before - covered in white 'flowers' and named The Handkerchief Tree. (pictured below)

Whilst staying with my friends near Crewkerne, we went shopping in the local Waitrose. My friend had a very sturdy hessian bag with the Waitrose logo.  I'd not seen them in my local store and on asking, was told that if you have a John Lewis Partnership card you get the bags for free.  I have a dozen bags for life but they really aren't sturdy enough to carry my shopping up the stairs to my flat.  Our local Waitrose doesn't have these heavy duty bags,  so I asked if I might have one and showed my JL Card.  The young lady sent for her supervisor who came with an armful of bags with which I thought she intended to stock up under the counter.  But they were for me - large and small.  So thank you very much Debbie - they will be well used and I shall be the envy of the Ramsgate branch.  (They are always highly amused that I use Sainsbury's bags for my shopping in Ramsgate and I always apologize to the check-out ladies but explain that the Sainsbury bags which I bought are far more sturdy - not any more - the Waitrose bags will be proudly used in both stores!!!!)


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