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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 1st September 2016

Having been invited to a Half Century Birthday Celebration in Frant, a girlfriend suggested that I treat myself to an hotel for the night so that I could enjoy the party and not have to bother about the drive home.  I took her advice and booked into The Spa at Tunbridge Wells.  One of the reasons I booked it was  it offered a swimming pool and as I don't like to swim in our cold sea, I thought it would be great. Having risen by 7.00 am and made my way down to the Spa, what was I met with - Swimming pool closed due to Maintenance (the Chlorine levels were too high)!  Just my luck especially as I am not normally equipped with a costume if I stay in hotels which do have pools.

However the grounds at the hotel were lovely and made up for the lack of a swim.  And I picked and ate some warm blackberries off a bush - heaven.

I needed to be at my next appointment in Henley by 2.00 and had to fill in a few hours.  I've wanted to visit Igtham Mote but that didn't open till 11.00 so I decided to take in just a few aspects of Knowle House.  I've been a life member of the National Trust since I made a series called 'The West in Trust' which must have been about 25 years ago.  I was so impressed with their work that I forked out for Life Membership.  Sadly I rarely pay visits - not much fun on your own but it was a lovely day and I reckoned I could visit the newly opened Gatehouse which was home to Eddy Sackville-West who inherited the property by the law of primogeniture even though Vita Sackville West had a better claim but then she was a Woman!  I had enough time to visit the Gardens which only open on Tuesdays.  It was a fabulous day for photography with totally blue skies forming a wonderful backdrop to the mega interesting chimneys, leopards and other idiosyncracies of this huge edifice.

And as I was leaving the grounds I saw a Deer very close to the road and managed to get a few shots of it - it made my day.

I was going to say that I shall have to stop being lazy and undertake the drives to some of the magnificent properties we have in Kent - but then I remembered that, as from Monday, I shall have a little person in my life and won't be quite so free to come and go as I please.  I only hope he likes travelling in a car.  My Standard Poodles loved travelling and couldn't wait to get in for rides.

I understand that dogs respond to sounds rather than complete words.  His name is Rory but that to me is the kind of name I'd give a big dog, so I'm going to try and acclimatize him to René (keeping with the R sound)  After all he is French - Papillon being the word for Butterfly - and my French hero is René Mouchotte.

Am off tomorrow to celebrate the 100th Birthday of a very dear friend of mine - we've been friends for almost 50 years.  Then it is a long drive from her Care Home in Bournemouth up to York for the Annual Allied Air Forces Memorial Service.  I missed it last year and as a Vice President of the Museum at Elvington, I feel it encumbent upon me to attend.

Then it is a drive down to Old Windsor Battersea Dogs Home to pick up René.  I've bought so much stuff for him - it's been like preparing for a baby.  They have warned me he has issues, so I've already made contact with a trainer who will help him on a one to one basis.

A Bientôt.  Jan

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