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Otford in the rain

With a storm threatening and the certainty that there would be rain, clouds and wind as a prelude we set off for Otford, a place we have intended to visit in the past.  We arrived  under cloud and rain, parked … Continue reading

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Village on the hill – Egerton

We rolled up at The George, parked, apologised and threatened to return for a lunch, spoke to a local who suggested some walks and doddered off.  The first encounter was with a local man and his cat.  He told us … Continue reading

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Burwash – not passing through

The amazing thing about most rural places is that at sometime you will see horses, as well as cattle and sheep in the paddocks, and often the horses are being ridden on a road. It was good to see two and vehicles doing it right and passing them properly – wide and slow – which makes the day worth it. Continue reading

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Lunch at Herstmonceux – twice

In 1963 I was an apprentice Fitter and Turner in Chatham Dockyard working first for the Navy Works Department and then for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works which meant that I got to go to the Marine Barracks … Continue reading

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Old Bayham Abbey – a borderline experience

  It features briefly on TV4 so I was told and when you walk its greensward and gaze at the ruins you stroll from Kent into Sussex and back again.   Old Bayham Abbey ruins are impressive and on a … Continue reading

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Windy West Sussex – Borde Hill Gardens

The beauty of the gardens are that the public are not permitted to wander in the house or the near gardens but are directed around the dwelling. It is like peeking over the neighbour’s wall from the park – you feel invited to look but are offered so much else to see and enjoy that you prefer not to pry. A simple sign saying private is enough. Continue reading

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Ambling Around Ashford

Ashford in the farming heart of Kent was a place we had always tried to avoid.  It was one of those towns that had a reputation for being dull, boring and not at all worth a visit, unless you were … Continue reading

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