Dover Heights And The National Trust

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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.

DOVER HEIGHTS - and The National Trust

Date: 16th November 2010

DOVER HEIGHTS and The National Trust

Ok so why do I go to Scotland by way of Cornwall – because I like a story. Ten years ago I went to Sydney to stay with a very old friend (not ancient but of long standing!). My visit happened to coincide with a show in Melbourne – a Restrospective on the work of Zandra Rhodes. About a year previously I had lent several of my Zandra dresses for this exhibition little realising that I would be in Australia at the time the Exhibition was staged. Because I was the first Woman Newsreader in Australia (OK a very long time ago) the organisers asked if I would alter my itinerary and visit Melbourne where I would attend the opening of the Exhibition and engage in an interview with Bert Newton about my time in Oz and what had happened since.

I was put up in a flat by the organiser of the Exhibition and in the course of this happy sojourn met a delightful couple who have become firm friends – the organiser has disappeared into the ether.

So back to Dover Heights. My Melbourne friends with whom I will be staying shortly asked if I could bring out a National Trust Diary for them. So, today being one of those rare and absolutely gorgeously, wonderful, English days when the sun shone in Winter and the world looked fantastic, I drove down the road to Dover Heights. Often been there in the summer with visitors as it’s a wonderful vantage point to view France and the Ferries leaving the Port of Dover. Have never been there in the ‘Winter’. Today was magic and the weather was so good, I let the hood down and played ‘Phantom’ on the drive. (Hardly had the hood down during the summer)

The Sea was like a Mill pond below the Heights as I sat and drank a ‘not too bad cappucino’. Bought my friend her NT Diary and then proceeded to melt the plastic. I can never resist the NT shops – they have such wonderful ‘goodies’ and so many fantastic books marked down in price. So the not very expensive diary ended up with me paying a bill just under £100 – presents etc – many of which will never get given because I’ll keep them myself.

You know about my ‘obsession’ with Rene Mouchotte. As I sat drinking my coffee outside the café I couldn’t help wondering how he must have felt as he flew his Spitfire in defence of our country and in the hope of deliverance of his own, seeing France so prominently on a clear day.

Till next time and I really will try and load some photos into the Gallery.  Was shocked to see i've done nothing since the beginning of the year but it does take an age to load the photos and I can't do it in one fell swoop. They all have to be individually loaded.

DOVER HEIGHTS - and The National Trust

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