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The Olde Watermill...

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Last Thursday found Adrian, Jenny, and myself make a welcome return visit to The Olde Watermill at Barton Le Clay in Bedfordshire England. We took a step back in time in this Dickensian shopping village with its many Victorian looking shops and wild and extensive Spring extravaganza. We embraced the hustle and bustle of busy Victorian streets with their mystery and intrigue. There were many simply quaint little shops selling soaps, traditional sweets, jewellery, there were Clairvoyants, book shops, gift shops, and Ladies fashions, and much more!

At the top of one pebbled street, and beside the Mill pond of Mallards and brown and golden Carp we lunched at Hayden’s fine Victorian Tea Rooms on home made soup and wonderful full English Breakfasts. The Watermill itself is steeped in history as the Watermill is the second oldest overshot Mill in the Country and is even mentioned in the Domesday Book.

There is some 3500 square feet given over to Spring themes and decorations in t…

Milton Keynes UK Open Market...

Despite the bitter cold of an easterly wind on Friday, Marilyn and I, made a visit to Milton Keynes open market in search of VHS tapes and DVDs. It’s a wonderful myriad of a market set near to the enclosed shopping area of MK and offers just about everything from fruit and veg to Chinese food, tins, pots, pans, coats and jackets, and there is even a hairdresser for the disconcerning lady or gent. The market wafts with intriguing smells from the citrus to the hamburger and hot dog, steaming coffee and rich ripe teas. Aside from a dozen or so DVDs of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, Marilyn and I, came away with lovely sense of having stepped back in time to our childhood days!

Interesting Quotes From The Past...

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is like a lie that makes us realize truth. Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Spanish painter.

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about. Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-78 French philosopher.

One would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well. Margaret Thatcher 1925- British stateswoman.

Charm… it’s a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else; and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter what else you have. J.M. Barrie 1860-1937 Scottish writer.

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. Fran Lebowitz 1946- American writer.

This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque and the postal order, letters for the rich, letters for the poor. The shop at the corner, the girl next door. W.H. Auden 1907-73 English poet.

Interesting Movies From The Past...

One of the most lovable and enduring movies I have ever watched is The Bridal Path starring Bill Travers and released in 1959. Bill plays a Hebridean farmer who is forbidden by certain members of the community to marry his first cousin, and most of the women on the island are first cousins. In an effort to find a wife he sets out to the mainland where his many adventures soon get him into trouble with the police. He is accused of being a white slaver, of poaching, upsets the Highland Games, and is chased by angry police across the highlands. He makes his way back to his island to find that his cousin does not care if they are cousins, and wants to marry him whatever the considerations, and upon this, they set off for the Island of Mull and marriage. A lovely comedy with fantastic colourful Scottish scenery.