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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: 23rd April 2013

I love Orchids and some kind friends bought me one for my Birthday on January 5th.  And here it is over three months later still giving immense pleasure.  I know they bought it in a Florist shop and not from a supermarket.  I say that because often in a supermarket the poor orchid might have suffered a period of over or under watering and though you might purchase it looking quite healthy, you will be disappointed when the buds don't open or drop off.

I often buy myself an orchid in the supermarket and though I try to look at the roots to see if they are healthy it isn't always possible to ascertain.  I buy a plant rather than a bunch of flowers because a plant, particularly an orchid or an azalea is very good value for money giving weeks of endless pleasure.  

I love flowers and very much miss having a garden.  I do my best with a few pots at the front of the house but have to resist the temptation to buy the more expensive  plants because they simply get stolen.  Over the years I've lived here I've had a beautiful Cornish Staddle Stone stolen, miniature fir trees which I'd been nurturing for 15 years, a bay tree which I'd stupidly left in a small pot prior to planting it into a bigger one.  What a sad world we live in don't we.  Having said that though I was put in mind of great kindness shown me by the public when I was mugged in 1987.  I received so many gifts that the local florist suggested  I start a 'Tab' and when I wanted some flowers I could phone and have some from my 'credit' list.  I used to order an arrangement whenever I gave a dinner party and that went on for months.  The public were also very kind when I had Jonathan in 1981 - I was inundated with Matinée jackets, bootees, shawls etc.  There was no way the little chap could use them all before he got too big for them so I had to donate many of them to Charity shops.  People can be incredibly kind and thoughtful but, sadly, good news isn't news and doesn't sell Papers so we are fed an almost unending diet of the Bad.  What did Brutus say in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' -  The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones ...


'Nuff said.  Au revoir,  Jan


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