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A Day of Remembering – and Grafty Green

There was an Ngs garden open at Grafty Green which was not a long way from Boxley – through Bearsted near Harrietsham. The memory comes from my Father having worked in the area building houses – probably the ones we saw this day after we took a quick walk around the village. Continue reading

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Tunstall turns up Trumps with Flappers and Clappers

We had a list of characters and themes covering a girl on a pony dressed as Queen Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill in agony and trap, a Dig for Victory float, navy and airforce cadets, costumed groups all magnificently attired, a Fagin and his boys – I tried to buy a couple for a new chimney sweeping business but he wouldn’t sell them, not at the price I was offering anyway. As to be expected the flag raising was a bit of a mess, there being a wind and the lanyards getting tangled a little, resulting in the rendition of God Save the Queen (Gawd bless ‘er) being sung with the flag a seven eights mast. A surprise was seeing Queen Victoria ringing one of the bells. Continue reading

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Goodnestone a Gem on a Gorgeous Day

Little gems such as Goodnestone are a wonderful respite from the urban areas of the sprawling Medway Towns, Dartford and Gravesend and the awful industrialisation of the Thanet coastal towns. The Spring foliage is green and bright, looking new and fresh in the sunlight and everywhere we looked the views were stunning. Birds were busy in the trees and that adds to the pleasure of the walk. 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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More than a sandwich at Sandwich

Sandwich is one of those places where you can spend a lot of time just wandering around looking at buildings, visiting gardens, churches and museums. Flowers in window boxes in February and cats sitting on inside window sills and dog friendly pubs make Sandwich a pleasant place to visit. Continue reading

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