Sunday, 4 December 2011

A taste of Honfleur

Honfleur - a medieval port on the Calvados coast in Normandy. We stayed in a picturesque B&B, enjoying delicious breakfasts of croissants and coffee each morning. The B&B is a collection of houses and restored buildings grouped around a courtyard which was part of a convent for the order of augustine sisters in the 17th century - visit the website:  We loved the bridge: Pont de Normandie which can be seen in the background of the picture in the bottom left.
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Meeting an artist

We drove through beautiful countryside. We admired the characteristic half-timber homes in the villages. George was fascinated by the array of fresh seafood displayed at the fishmarket in Trouville. Sipping our coffees at a sidewalk cafe watching people walk by. A highlight was meeting Dan Bouchery - she spoke mostly French and we spoke only English - a very animated converstation was had and a new friend was made. Take a look at her art at her website:
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Surprise visit

On our last day while making our way to the ferry port, Dieppe, we visited Duncan and Lynn (our landlords) who currently live in France and run a guest house from their home.  See the cider apples all bagged and ready to be pressed into cider and/or distilled into a lip smacking, "put fire in your belly" calvados.

Memories of D-Day

I don't think we quite knew what to expect...the stillness of Ohama Beach and the sombreness of the Normandy American Cemetry and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer ... makes it hard to put into words the thoughts and feelings one experiences when one is there.
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Monday, 12 September 2011

Sunday afternoon walk in Goudhurst

We love walking in the surrounding areas...this walk was mainly through farmers' fields and an apple orchard. Look at the clouds...always makes me think of Geography class...signs of autumn everywhere too.
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Sunday afternoon walk in Goudhurst

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Birthday Celebrations

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This birthday came around far too quickly :-) Celebrations included sharing an afternoon tea at Nutfield Priory with Catherine and attending "Jazz at the Pantiles" in Tunbridge Wells.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

A ferry to France

Our first day trip to France...we took a drive to Boulogne, explored the old city and listened to live music while eating lunch. We took the coastal road back to Calais and couldn't resist stopping in Wimereux to have a stroll on the beachfront and dip our toes into the water.
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Monday, 20 June 2011

Leigh-on-Sea Folk Festival

No summer festival is complete without a marching band, morris dancers and some rain...
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Thursday, 7 April 2011

A walk through Ide Hill 2

Special friends and stunning views...

A walk through Ide Hill

A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the beginning of Spring...

The Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge

The 157th boat race took place on 26 March 2011 - we were amongst the 230 000 spectators to witness the action along the banks of the Thames. The race is 4 miles 374 yards in length from Putney to Mortlake. The current course record is 16 minutes 19 seconds set by Cambridge in 1998. Cambridge currently leads the series since 1829 by 80 - 75. Cambridge won the race last year - Oxford won this find out some interesting facts and figures click here...

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year weekend walk

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Christmas Eve morning in London

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Merry Christmas

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Cosy winter afternoon

One of our favourite ways to spend the late afternoon - sipping delicious home made soup in front of the fire

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