Bigger than it looks

So this is for the record really. And that’s important as I’ve already forgotten what happened yesterday. It was only looking at our photos I’ve taken over the past few months with a pal of Mary’s (who came round for Sunday lunch) that we began to remember what we’ve done and where we’ve been. It is when you do that that you realise what a breeze it has been and how lucky we are. Along those lines, the three of us out Sunday shopping in John Lewis (I watched the Murray match on one of their fabulous curved TVs so it wasn’t really shopping) got talking about what we’d do if we won a million on the Premium Bonds. After some discussion I said to Mary that I would buy a motorhome and persuade C to come away with me round Europe for a couple of years. Fabulous, can’t wait.

Runnymede - an American celebration of an English institution

Runnymede – an American celebration of an English institution

So I am determined to keep scribbling this drivel as it is our on-line diary and without it we would be living without coherent memories. More so the older we get.

a selection from Mary's front garden

a selection from Mary’s front garden

So what have we done? In some sort of chronological order – we left my parents on the Thursday and since then with Mary have visited Runnymede and Polesden Lacey as well as doing some shopping and some other stuff. We have continued our running – still six days a week – and have relaxed considerably after the frets of being with Mum and Dad. (Not their fault, just the issues with people well into the Third Age of Man.)



Runnymede was great. It has recently been revamped to help it celebrate the Magna Carta’s 800th. In short, and I didn’t know this, the document was a fait accompli delivered by the Barons to King John returning from some war or other against the French. They were fed up and didn’t want the King lording it unnecessarily over them so wrote down some stuff about the rule of law and told him to sign it. Which he did. The interesting thing is the Americans are v fond of the place as the centre of the rule of law and they have their own memorial and an area dedicated to JFK.

The new sculpture, which is twelve engraved metal chairs (representing a jury), needs some time more to bed in, but it worth a look. And sitting beautifully by a delightful twist in the Thames, the whole place is well worth a visit.

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey is also worth the trip. I forget much of the detail, except that it’s a big house with a delightful garden; apparently some turn of the last century lady entertained the great and the good in the house and it has been kept pretty much as it was.

bigger than it looks

bigger than it looks

Oh, and I got a new watch. It’s a long story, but the fact is it’s bigger than I thought it was going to be when I ordered it. Now if you own a Rolex or similar you will be v proud of your watch and rightly so. However I bet you haven’t had a member of PC World’s staff come up to you and say ‘nice watch mate!’ I am, therefore, prouder than you are…and don’t ask me how much it cost. It is exclusive and expensive. That’s all you need to know.

So a couple more days here and then back on our tour of Southern England. All is well with the Ladleys. Unsuspecting Hero has had its ending revamped and is now half way though edit seven. It will be ready for publishing on 30 June, I just need to do something about the front cover. Wish me luck.

Have a great week,

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