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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.

LYTES CARY

Date: 13th September 2011

Another long drive down to stay with friends in Crewkerne.

I must admit that I'd never been further than Cardiff when I worked for HTV Bristol and lived there - but my drive down from the North and then from Llanddewi-Brefi astonished me with the beauty of the countryside.

My friends decided to visit Lytes Cary Manor House and I was only too happy to re-connect with this delightful, small NT house.  Many years ago, for HTV West, I presented a series called 'The West in Trust' in which we visited ten of the main National Trust properties in the West of England.  How I enjoyed working on that series.  I well remember the hospitality of the Chittendens who were 'guardians' of Lytes Cary for many many years and to their hard work and effort one can attribute the small but lovely gardens in which we discovered a huge Mulberry Tree.  As the fruits were rotting on the ground we picked a few and they were simply delicious.  It reminded me of when I was a young girl and staying with my father's best friends in Woolbeding where Jen Manly was the housekeeper for the Lascelles family at Woolbeding Manor and as part of her remuneration, they lived in accommodation at the Manor.  In the garden was a massive Mulberry Tree which had all but fallen down and we used to climb onto the massive trunk - somewhere I have a photo of a very young JL sitting amidst the foliage.

Ah fond memories.

LYTES CARY

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