Poor Mummy; nonetheless the trip to England allowed me to catch up with family and friends.
First to Rosy and Barry’s house, which is beautiful and at its best in very hot Summer weather.
Then up to London to Ian and Ann’s. Another beautiful garden and outstanding food.
The next day we take a river bus down the Thames to visit the Cutty Sark. It is the hottest day ever in England!
Then to Alan’s in Stony Stratford. Again wonderful hospitality. Stony Stratford is an ancient English town steeped in tradition and beautiful hanging baskets.
Lunch in a country pub with niece Kathleen, husband Jonathan and amazing kids, Isabel and Alex.
Then to Oxford to stay with old friend Roger. We visit the Naoko Matsubara exhibition in the Ashmolean Museum. Very fine.
Naoko had previously given me one of her pieces, of which I am very proud.
We then have lunch in Balliol, Roger is a Fellow. In fact he’s a jolly good fellow.
Ah England, messed up politics but a great place to visit.
Many, many thanks to all who showed such kindness and hospitality.