My jaunt to the land of hope and glory didn't quite cut the mustard as did previous times, Maybe it was our age factor and less interest by those we visited. To be truthful the best efforts to make our stay pleasing were shared equally by relatives residing in Benson Havant and Dover.
To give and not to count the cost may be an old parable but adding up the amount of time through the ages when relatives have stayed with my family on their overseas visits to us is at least three times greater than we have prevailed upon them. Admittedly some relatives in the UK are reluctant to travel the long distance or are scared of flying despite offers to pay 50% of their fare .
The other factor which delivered a constant flow of anxiety came from the anti social antics and garrulity of our prodigal son who failed in his role of both driver and assistant; (It is better we leave the details unspoken) Better still unprinted. More details can be obtained on request. So far I have not heard a "I told you so" from my eldest regarding our prodigal son.
A day visit to to my friend Edward who lives in Stowmarket was a success, Edward attended the same nautical school as I in Norfolk many years ago. I also met up with a school mate in Chalgrove Oxford shire Ken Batley OBE Ex magistrate, Ken my age and I attended Chalgrove primary in 1931 and were great mates for many years.
In the wash up I would like to thank all of those persons we prevailed upon and their efforts to please
us despite a few problems.
In the past three days since arriving home to Australia , the peace and tranquillity and restful sleep
aura has been overwhelming,. to all of our Relatives and friends overseas you are welcome to visit us and experience our alternative lifestyle and its benefits. Imagination is the highest kite one can fly..
Vest AKA Les B..... Back soon.