June 27, 2004


This weekend we celebrated the Batmitzvah (Confirmation) of our youngest Granddaughter, Jaimie. The service yesterday and the party today were superb. Laura & Laurence, we cannot thank you enough for such a great time. Both Carly & JoŽlle also looked wonderful and were most supportive of their sister. I must have taken over 100 pictures, but this is the best one of the family.
JoŽlle,Carly & Jaimie with Laura & Laurence

Jaimie, grandma and I are very proud of you. Your performance yesterday was first class, and your fantastic speech today had everyone in stitches. Please donít ever change!

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June 25, 2004


Another great trip organised by the U3A. This time we went to Hever Castle and Gardens and, would you believe it, the rain held off! Hever was the birthplace of Anne Bullen otherwise known as Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. As usual, photos of the wonderful gardens are in the album and can be viewed by clicking on the link. We were not allowed to take pictures in the house, but there are some great views on the Hever website.

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June 12, 2004


On Thursday we went with the EFU3A on a visit to Ightham Mote (pronounced "ITEM"). How do foreign people ever learn English? As usual it was one of those well-organised and informative visits that always are a joy. The following paragraph is from the official guide. There are also some pictures in my album.

Ightham Mote is a moated manor house dating back to 1330 and was left to the National Trust by an American businessman, Charles Henry Robinson in 1985.
The main features of the house span many centuries and include the Great Hall, Old Chapel and Crypt, Tudor Chapel with painted ceiling, Drawing Room with Jacobean fireplace, frieze and i8th century wallpaper and Billiards Room. Work is underway on the Southwest Quarter to facilitate the eventual opening of the Robinson apartment. Access to a viewing platform and Interpretation panels illustrate the work in progress. There is an extensive garden and interesting walks in the surrounding woodland.

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June 05, 2004


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"Les Parapluis de St Ives" (Not Cherbourg) - Thank goodness only on Monday morning!

On Thursday evening Nina and I returned from four wonderful days in Cornwall having travelled as members of a party of 31 people visiting gardens and art galleries in the Royal Duchy. It is so nice to meet a group of like-minded people and to get to know them over this short period. We were based in St Ives at a superb hotel, and the only low point of the trip was the fact that the replacement tour manager we had was not up to the job. Apart from the fact that she knew very little about the places we visited, she appeared quite incapable of getting to know her party. The upside to this was that John, our driver, was superb, and we relied on his choice interventions with little nuggets of information that filled the unfortunate gaps created by Lizís lack of communication skills!

Here is the photo album with pictures that were taken at the gardens visited, which included Hestercombe, The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trevano and Lanhydrock. Each of these being fantastic in its own way.

The galleries included Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Gallery and Garden, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Penlee house Gallery. The Hepworth name in itself speaks volumes about what was to be seen and Penlee House contains much of the works of the famous Newlyn School of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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