After an overnight on the ferry we drove to Lisse and enjoyed a day in the fabulous Keukenhof  gardens.  They seem to get better every year. We returned on the boat this morning after an Indonesian/Chinese meal at Hoek van Holland.  Very comfortable and easy day trip with no hotel bills.



We celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary with a splendid fish meal at The Pier, Harwich.


Wednesday Whiteout

We woke up to thick snow on the roads, trees, bushes and shrubs.  A few vehicles are moving and a few children and dogs are frolicking in the snow.  All events are cancelled.  Heavy snow still falling and more is forecast.  Keep warm and safe.

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Ice and Snow

The Beast from the East hit us last night with a light covering of snow.  I have not seen individual flakes captured on our windows before.


Atkins Heirloom

David passed on this wonderful kimono to the next generation.  It was given to Ruth’s grandmother by David’s fellow student and friend Vincent, who became vicar of Nagasaki.  He stayed with the family during vacations when it was impossible to travel to Japan.  This was a ‘thank you’ present.   There has been close contact between the families ever since.


As it was a beautiful sunny day and the forecast for the week anticipated extreme cold and possibly snow, we drove to Anglesey Abbey to enjoy their annual display of snowdrops.  There were aconites to enjoy as well.  On the way back we explored the amazing parish church at Kedington with its Tudor tombs, triple decker pulpit with sermon timer and wig stand and tiered seating for children.


Shrove Tuesday

Back home and its time for Pancake Parties.  The Row congregation assemble in the Chapel and then process up George Street to enjoy the pancakes!