Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.
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: 9th July 2012
The development on which my friend's villa is situated is a delight. It looks as though it was built yesterday it is all so beautifully kept with lovely villas and gorgeous gardens.
I was quite shaken because of the blowout on the motorway and didn't really want to do very much for a few days which suited my friend so we basically soaked up the sun, swam and read. We did make two trips - one was an absolutely idyllic Boat trip where we swam in picturesque coves, dined simply but very well and had four other delightful companions. Then one night we went up to the Dionysos Hotel and ate under the stars and listened to some very good 70's and 80's music. I'm not a great lover of Buffets but the fare on offer was extremely good and interesting.
And I fell in love - no don't worry! - I've seen Shirley Valentine and besides I'm far too old to be chatted up by the locals - my affair was with a cat. I've never encountered such affection from a stray and I've reason to think the cat was female so I called her Sweetie and spent many hours wondering how I could bring her back to the UK. However, I only had a day or two left and then wondered how a cat from a hot climate would fare in quarantine in our dank, wet and dismal country. Anyway, after I left she disappeared - she was so affectionate that I'm sure she made her way around the villas although I don't know how she would fare in the winter.
Funnily enough I've been asked to judge a heat on Rescue Cats at the National Cat Awards at the Savoy in August - the stories would make you cry.
On my last day, whilst bending down to pet Sweetie, I trod on a wasp. I react very badly to stings and the next day had to go to the local hospital and be put on a course of penicillin. My toe resembled a frankfurter and I couldn't wear a proper shoe for three days which made me worry about my impending trip to Paris for the Presentation of the Battle of Britain Medals to the Mouchotte and Lafont families.
A Bientôt. Jan
The water in one of the coves we visited - crystal clear, cool and very inviting.
Oh just to add that when I got home I phoned the Insurers to discover that my car was deemed to be a write off. Funny old business. If your car is repairable, then you are given a Courtesy Car. BUT if your car is a write off - so that you have no wheels with which to go in search of a replacement - then you get nothing. (Again probably in the small print) But interesting that when your back is against the wall neither the AA nor the Insurers put themselves out. (I really must train myself to read small print and instructions!!!!)
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