Giffords Circus came to Stonor Park the other day. The year 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of circus. To celebrate this particularly English invention, Giffords Circus, the nation’s most glamorous troupe, has been throwing a summer-long party. With its new seats – all lined in plush red velvet – (wish they’d covered […]

A Flight in a Spitfire

For the past couple of years I’ve been saving up to achieve a very special ambition – to fly in a Spitfire. So five percent of earnings from painting commissions together with any winnings on the lottery and premium bonds went into my special RAF Spitfire tin to pay for the possibility of flying. And […]

Henley Regatta

The sun keeps shining so lots of boating and outdoor pursuits, Henley Regatta was bathed in sunshine for the whole week, Here I am standing on my balcony ready for our day at Phyllis Court. Cousin Paul and Em joined us in the morning and off we set, pausing at the arched bridge at Phyllis […]

Hot. Hot. Hot

Our week in the Lake District saw wall to wall sunshine every day. We visited most of the lakes (or meres as I ought to call them) and went on three different types of boat. The lodge we stayed was ideally situated between Coniston Water and Windermere. The nearest village is Hawkeshead – dubbed ‘The […]

Back to the Twenties

It was the year 1928 when the Henley-on-Thames Bowling Club was formed, so as the 90th anniversary fell due last week it was decided to have a special day on Saturday when members could dress up in Edwardian attire. The Mayor and members of Henley Town Council were invited to play with us. We were […]

Nunney Castle

Last weekend was spent in the West Country. The Hilliard Society was holding its annual miniature exhibition at the town hall in Wells. We drove down to Somerset on Thursday evening and stayed at one of our favourite B&B’s – Penny’s Mill. It’s located in the charming little village of Nunney. The following morning we […]

Boat borrower

My new hip is strong enough now to enable me to get into my little dinghy. So today we decided to row down the river – the first for over a year. But it was not to be. When we got to my mooring we found that a coot had made its nest on the […]