July 16th, 2006


"Every disposition of the ground was good; and she looked on the whole scene"

"Every disposition of the ground was good; and she looked on the whole scene, the river, the trees scattered on its banks, and the winding of the valley, as far as she could trace it"

Yesterday turned out very good after all.

Had a mild emergency with the water supply being cut off for most of the morning and a good part of the afternoon. Phoned Thames water who couldn't tell when it would be reconnected so just had to go out and trust to their ability to reestablish the water supply…..

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday. Christine showed up at around 12:30, we chatted for a while and then headed off to Groombridge Place and gardens.

Groombridge Place was used as the location for Elizabeth's family home in the most recent movie adaptation of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice.

I also learnt that Groombridge was used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Homles story "The Valley of Fear." I even got to sit on the stone seat featured in the extract:

"I have said that a decoration of yew trees circled the garden. At the end farthest from the house they thickened into a continuous hedge. On the other side of this hedge, concealed from the eyes of anyone approaching from the direction of the house, there was a stone seat. As I approached the spot I was aware of voices, some remark in the deep tones of a man, answered by a little ripple of feminine laughter"

Needless to say I thought this was very cool indeed !

After a very brief picnic we wandered around the formal gardens which were beautiful and steeped in history, real and cinematic. The gardens were not quite as formal as those at Hever Castle but were neverthe less very interesting. The House which was designed in the Style of one's Great x5 Grand Uncle were set at the centre of amuch older moat put in place around the time of Henry III.

We then took a stroll around the 'enchanted forest' and mucked around for a while on the kids assault course. Caught sight of some beautiful deer, crawled through tunnels, explored underground forts and sat in a huge Tipi !

Great fun.

Got slightly lost on way home and tried not to loose my patience, might not have succeeded entirely - but eventually stopped off at Bough Beech Reservoir en route home for a drink of water and a peek and the bird life.

Once home I had to let the water run to clear the filth from the pipes, but then set about preparing a dinner, Thai Green Curry. This did not go entirely to plan but Christine ate it - the fool. We sat around chatting for a n hour or so and then she headed of home at about 11:30 pm.

She texted me to let me know she was home at about 12:30 and I turned in.

I grabbed a glass of water at about 5:20am….and went back to bed - the next thing I knew it was 11:49am !! I'd slept right through mass and the last week of fencing before September !

To be honest after the hectic last week I'm not surprised - I really needed the sleep.

I got up had a late breakfast finished watching Start trek Insurrection, did the washing visited grandma, went to the supermarket came home, then headed home for dinner with the old folks.

Now to pack out the fencing gear for tomorrow.

It's going to be v hot tomorrow , will probably chill some water.