Lots going on … just not much on the blog … so time for a celebratory catch up and generally some news …
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'freezing' - how Sharon stayed warm I've
Guess who came for a pub lunch … Sharon Mayhew, Blog Mom to my Grand Blog Mom for Lenny!! That was a surprise … and came out of the blue … she was over seeing her grandfather, who lives down the coast … and they wanted a day out and a pub lunch … well I’m always game! (Sharon Mayhew, Kit Lit Writer blog).
|Sharon's Ploughman's - good fresh|
crusty bread, pickle, salads and some
excellent tasty Sussex Cheddar
They came here … and George could not believe that we’d never met, couldn’t comprehend how we got on so well and had mutual friends around the world … it was wonderful. George was really interesting and we nattered about all subjects … as you might imagine!
It was a foul day … chilly, with a sky full of sea-fog … not conducive to sight-seeing … but a pub lunch yes! We went to the Tiger Inn at East Dean, about 4 miles from Eastbourne. George said he’d take Sharon back along the coast road …
Then we did venture to Beachy Head … could see very little, but we walked the short Peace Path round the new (2012) Bomber Command memorial that I hadn’t seen … well I can walk now with my new hip – it does make a difference!
We came back down to see the Crumbling Cliffs at Birling Gap … and then we sadly said farewell. But what a surprise … Memorial Day week turned up trumps.
Sharon had said ages ago that she thought her grandfather and I would get on … I do believe we were discussing the names of toilets in WW2 at the time … George and I have yet to broach that subject!?!
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the windows before being
I’ve been writing up some talks and articles … and I’ve been to Canterbury to see six of ‘The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral’ … before they get reinstated into the Great South Window after conservation work has been carried out to preserve the stonework for another few centuries.
|George's baked camembert,|
toasty buttered breads and
I posted about the first part of the exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, before they went to the Metropolitan Museum in New York – then the return to Canterbury where the British and European public to have a chance to view the ancient stained glass (12th and early 13th century) at ground level, rather than fifty feet up in the South Tower. Incredible opportunity – which I took.
|Exhibition which finishes today at the|
... a visit to a refurbished Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s home until his death – in acknowledgement of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaching on 18th June 2015.
Then I will take the summer off to get on with some other things that I need to address … to really clear the books and papers out, to read those books that are many and piled around … to learn some techie stuff and generally get my head clear for the future.
I’ve written 700 posts over the years and there are plenty more where those came from …
|This was on the edge of Hyde Park, near Buckingham|
Palace - and was the first Review of Trooping the Colour
2015, which takes place in front of the Queen on
Saturday 13 June: here the Welsh Guard are returning
to Barracks. There's a Triathlon event on today ...
so lots of international athletes around too - hence the
banners etc in the background.
… I shall be lurking ... the feeder will fill and I will glance across … but most importantly I want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments during the A-Z this year and for all the previous connections we have made … life is very different when we blog … we learn, we connect, we appreciate as we linger long enough to understand and comprehend each other … it’s an amazing way of life. Busy yes, but so worthwhile …
I will return and I’m here … just giving myself a break from the commitment of posting and returning comments …
|Tiger Inn facing the village green|
… and yes I do have lots of A-Z commenters to reply to and bloggers to get over to see or meet and greet … another big project over the A-Z is not a good idea, then to get the dreaded lurghi (bug) which hung around for a month of so … but now I will finalise 2015’s A-Z …
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I know lots of bloggers have things going on … and I will try and keep up and in touch during the summer months … but I’m going to check in on my dusty brain, dust mites and those dusty books! So in the meantime … take care and enjoy life …
The "My Ideal Bookshelf" from the Literary Omnivores ... love the photo - but the website many of you may well enjoy - here's the link for the My Ideal Bookshelf post.
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