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CHATSWORTH GARDEN

  David and I enjoyed our visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.It’s  on the banks of the Derwent River in the Wye Valley. Construction of this grand country house began  in 1553, under the auspices of Sir William Cavendish –  … Continue reading

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HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN

Hidecote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire is a must-see. It’s one of the best-known and influential Arts and Crafts Gardens in Britain. A series of outdoor ‘rooms’ show yew and holly hedges, rare shrubs and herbaceous borders. It’s not all about … Continue reading

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BLENHEIM PALACE

One’s first impression of Blenheim Palace at Oxfordshire is of the monumental size and antiquity. It is arguably most famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Much is made of the ‘small’ room which greeted his early arrival. … Continue reading

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JEVINGTON SUSSEX

On our quest to trace Vine ancestors at Jevington, we spent a night at Hastings. It was my first visit and we were amazed by then tall black timber sheds for storage of seafaring equipment in days when everything was … Continue reading

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MAGICAL FLIGHT

Your Etihad Business begins with a Priority Pass through boring old Customs, to the usual magical array of Duty-Free Liquor, French Perfumes, jewellery, chocolates enough to put on kilos…You resist temptation, regardless of Oscar Wilde’s famous injunction. At the Etihad … Continue reading

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ODE TO A LIFE

Sad to say some folk are denied the joy of poetry. Bad teaching at school made it punishment, not pleasure, and they loathe it with a passion. I’m lucky to have always enjoyed reading –and writing – it, ever on … Continue reading

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POETRY AND PROSE

I’ve had a lazy Saturday tweaking my poetry. It’s wonderful how one can transform a mediocre first draft of anything – whether prose or poetry – into something pleasing to the ear and eye. Often it needs a second, third … Continue reading

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BOOKS AND HOSPITALS

It is pleasing to know how books help break down barriers and build relationships. My daughter was in hospital – on holiday from the UK, she underwent emergency surgery in Sydney. Sincere thanks to St Vincent’s Hospital which gave her … Continue reading

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LOURDES

We were about to arrive. Bathtubs of water poured down the coach windows and drenched the town. In the crisp breeze roofs dripped, streams raced along gutters, trees shaking off showers of raindrops. I offered prayers for a fine day, … Continue reading

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