Crossover Bluegrass and Old Time Festival 12 May 2017


Had a great weekend with live music all over the place.

My home for the weekend was the lovely Topaz, thanks to Frances and Jane, so much easier to set up than my new green tent!

I was first in the campsite as a steward so as you see I had a super pitch right in the corner, with lovely views when it stopped raining.  although the afternoons and evenings were spent manning the Opera House doors, I was free to wander around the ‘noisy field’ listening to the jamming musicians.

People are so talented!



 RHS Wisley  10 April 2017

The story of RHS Garden Wisley

Wisley was given to The Royal Horticultural Society 1903, only 60 acres was a garden at the time, the remainder was wooded farmland.  George Fergusson Wilson a former treasurer of the society, created the original garden.

He established the Oakwood experimental garden after he purchased the plot in 1878.  When Wilson died in 1902 Oakwood and the adjoining Glebe Farm were sold to the wealthy Quaker owner of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera, Sir Thomas Hanbury.  In 1903 Sir Thomas presented the Wisley estate in trust to the Society for its perpetual use.




Molesey & Hampton Court


Molesey Boat Club

Molesey Boat Club was founded in 1866 and quickly gained a reputation for success. It has since become one of the premier clubs in the UK with its members achieving medals at all levels.


Molesey Lock

Situated on the River Thames in England at East Molesey near to Hampton Court Palace the the lock was built by the City of London Corporation in 1815 and is the second longest on the river at 81.78 m (268′ 4”).  Beside the lock there are rollers for the portage of small boats.  Ash Island is on the other side of the weir  with a backwater behind it continuing to a smaller weir upstream.


The Lock from Hampton Court Bridge

Spring Planting


Replanting the Kitchen Garden

We blagged our way into the Palace as we wanted to got to the embroiderers guild shop.

Unfortunately we were too early so we will have to go another time.12


National Memorial Arboretum 15 April 2017


The Chapel

The Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness, at the National Memorial Arboretum, was dedicated by the Bishop of Lichfield on 2nd November 2000.

A wooden craving in the corner of the chapel represents twelve young figures, with the potential to become apostles, listening to the Storyteller.

The Cavendish Cross in honour of Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire. Cavendish cross
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St Jude also known as Thaddeus, sailed as a missionary using a sextant.

This is a link to a site showing many more photos

Click to access NMA.pdf


Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps Memorial Unveiled October 2014

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SSAFA Memorial

Aguila Wren memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum unveiling took place on 15 May 2010

A memorial to 21 members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and one nursing sister, who were lost when the SS Aguila was torpedoed in 1941.

The Falklands Task Force Memorial dedicated on 20th May 2012

Key Historical facts

We visited during renovations to the steps up to the Armed Forces Memorial, there was the inevitable wheelbarrow.