December Miscellany

December Miscellany

This is a backdrop painted by a couple of the younger employees at The Ropewalk. Makes me want to write a scene from a play to go with it.  Here’s another seasonal snap, a Christmas Tree made out of plastic bottles – part of the Methodist Chapel’s...
Raising a Glass

Raising a Glass

Well, many a glass was raised over the festive fortnight, though perhaps not as many as in younger days.  A whole Saturnalia without a hangover!  What is happening?  Good to see so many friends and relatives. Now, thanks to Dilys and John for the wine tokens, we can...
Retro Times

Retro Times

An old-fashioned cinema in the woods?  Yes, so old they call it The Kinema in the Woods and it’s been going non-stop since 1912. Up-to-date films, though, and coffee in the foyer, which also houses memorabilia including a full sized dalek.  Plenty of comfy seats...
Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Ponches-Estruval was as quiet as ever (apart from next door’s dog) and a delightful place to spend a relaxing week. Dunc and Kate joined us for a number of days and of course we had to visit St Valery and Le Crotoy.  St Valery has the wonderfully idiosyncratic...
All Sculptures Great and Small

All Sculptures Great and Small

A couple of big heads at Doddington Hall – and I’m not talking about us or our visitors…  Just a couple of the two hundred or so exhibits in the gardens and outbuildings that make up the Sculpture Exhibition. The photo shows the more formal area; out...

From Rye to Ramster

Our trip to the Deep South focused on Ramster Hall, just over the Sussex border in Surrey, where Tim and Helen celebrated their wedding. A grand do in a stunning setting – and great weather too. This, though, is a rare picture of us all dressed up.  Steve and...

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