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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.

RYE

Date: 15th October 2011

RYE

Rye is a lovely little town - very historic and great to visit out of the Tourist season.

It is a very quaint town boasting cobbled streets, was a great haunt of Smugglers and some places are reputed to be haunted like the Mermaid Inn.

A friend recently lent me the Mapp and Lucia TV Series of which I’d been entirely ignorant up to that point. The stories were written by E.F. Benson one of the son’s of a previous Archbishop of Canterbury (who had a rather unusual and racy family) who was very much associated with Truro Cathedral.

Although most people interested in the Stained Glass at Rye Church go to see the Burne Jones Window there is another one dedicated to his father and mother by the author E.F. Benson. The Church is small but interesting and it has a tower up which you can climb to get a superb view of the surrounding marshes - well it would have been a superb view but it is now spoiled by 25 of those dreadful Wind Turbines which I think look like something out of ‘Day of the Triffids’. (Wouldn’t mind so much if they actually worked but they are reputed to be only 35% efficient, don’t work when there’s no wind and can’t work when it’s too windy - and to add insult to injury, they aren’t even made in this country).

There are many lovely little Coffee and Cake Shops, restaurants and a plethora of Antique and Book Shops.

It’s a lovely drive over there on a fine day and you can wander round and pretend you are living in a bygone era.

This is the window designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, a member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and dedicated in 1897. I like the Pre-Raphaelites and very much admire this window. Of the modern Stained Glass in Canterbury Cathedral, my favourite is the one designed by Christopher Whall in 1904 also a member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. 

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