August 19, 2004

TENTERDEN & GREAT DIXTER

Yet another great trip through U3A again today. This one was organised by the Garden Club and was to the Tenterden Winery and to Great Dixter the home of Christopher Lloyd the world famous broadcaster and writer on gardening matters.
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Happy members tasting!

As opposed to the visit last week, this was a winery and not a vineyard. In fact it is the winery that actually makes the wines for the grapes grown at Lamberhurst. I think that I have to confess that as much as I would like to support English wines, they still have a long way to go to beat a good Australian or South African Chardonnay. There, Iíve said it and I canít take it back.

It was still a good day out and there is nothing wrong with tasting wines and visiting good old English homes and gardens. Great Dixter is a house that goes back to the thirteenth century and is still lived in today by Christopher Lloyd who, although over 80, still looks after the gardens.
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Waiting to go into the house

The photographs on this page are mine, but the links will give a better overall view of the place, and morer of my pictures can be seen in the album.

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August 10, 2004

FINCHCOCKS

Today we enjoyed another of those wonderful days out. This time it was to Finchcocks, the living museum of music near Sevenoaks in Kent. As usual organised by the EFU3A. How dull life would be without them!

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Finchcocks
Richard Burnett and his wife, Katrina, run the house and collection, which is shown in more detail on the Finchcocks website. After an interesting introduction given by Katrina in the grounds, we visited the vast collection of keyboard instruments in the many rooms of the house.
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Learning about Finchcocks
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8 of the Concert Instruments
Coffee and lunch had been enjoyed at the Lamberhurst vineyards prior to the private reception and concert. This was given by Richard on twelve different instruments from an early harpsichord, through spinet and virginals to the nearly modern piano.
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The Audience
After the recital and tea, I went mad buying CDs of Richard playing several of the historic instruments.

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