Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Little touch of Borden

Borden churchyard is always attractive and in the sunshine it gleamed. The trouble is that small villages such as Borden become absorbed into the whole and lose some of their community spirit. The village is beautiful and I would want it to stay that way. Continue reading

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Dungeness on the Choo-Choo

We took off for New Romney via Tenterden and Appledore and on the way we passed through Old Romney passing by the church where Derek Jarman is buried; I could see the grave headstone from the car – clever me. The area of Dungeness is strange, but oddly attractive. The beach is an active place where fishers with rod and line try their luck and boats go out on working days to make the catches. The lighthouses are a dominant feature as is the many homes peculiar to the place, more like driftwood huts than houses. Continue reading

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Allington Lock – Maidstone

In the Summer months there are river trips to and from Maidstone and with the trees on the banks and the attraction of travelling leisurely on water I can recommend a day of exploration. An Uncle once held the post of Lock Keeper during the nineteen fifties and so it was a nostalgic trip remembering the lock as it was in all seasons and remembering too how it was when I was a child. Continue reading

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Chartham – looking for the river

We dropped into Chartham and eased through the village stopping briefly at the village hall where parking is a valuable with restrictions – read them – and wanting to explore further we drove past the Chartham Paper Mill and found The Artichoke Inn complete with small car park and a place to take the dog. The mill once had a terrace of dwellings now disused and fenced off – a sad looking row of barracks-like houses. The mill has a date on the building – 1946 – and it looks as if the houses were built in the same austere style. Continue reading

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