Chapter Eleven - Lenham and Tenderton

Trip Start Sep 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday 4th. October – Chapter 11

Today Byron and Sheila will be visiting us from Epsom. We are preparing a lunch of pork chops, roasted new potatoes, broccoli and Greek salad with quinoa. The couple has told us that they will be arriving at around 11:00, and in the best British tradition, they are right on time.

After a lovely lunch and two bottles of pretty decent wine, we decide to walk off the meal with a ramble up to the war memorial on the downs behind the village. On the way we pass the burned shell of the old hardware shop. Plans are to rebuild it as a co-operative, which is being hotly contested by local small businesses. The co-operative movement was formed in 1863 as a non-profit retail grocery store for the proletariat. Today the co-ops vie with supermarket chains, but are still considered as prejudicial competition to small business, somewhat similar to the USA when Walmart comes to town.   

Up on the downs, the views over the Stour River valley are delightful. We walk along a section of The Pilgrim's Way, towards the Lenham War Memorial, a giant geoglyph of a cross carved into the white chalk.

Later in the afternoon we drive through country roads to the town of Tenderton, hoping to enjoy a cream tea, but as usual we arrive too late and the only two teahouses are already closed. Byron possesses a GPS and he uses it to find our way along a complex network of narrow, winding lanes. I am impressed that they can generally find a way through city streets, but that it can also penetrate the intricacies of the English countryside is particularly remarkable.
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derrick241 on

GPS's ar magic arent they, looks like you had a great time, Autumn is usually wet and windy, looks like the wather was kind to you

greekcypriot on

Moments to cherrish....from an amazing trip. Luckily we can remember details when we go back to photos even if the trip is taken many months back.

Cesar Barroso on

Hi, Martin,
Another nice text and photos.
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