Jaqui's Daily Blog

Friday 27th July

So today we two girls (Katie and Eleanor) decided that it was time for us to plan a day out for Nanni and Grandad now that we were back at home in Kent. Nanni said that it was like having a two centre holiday. Katie had the idea of going to Ightham Mote and taking a picnic for lunch.


We all had certain roles for the day. Katie was logistics expert, I was catering manager, Grandad was chauffeur and Nanni was "general factotum"  which Grandad said meant general dogsbody. Now I'll pass you over to Katie...


As I was logistics expert, I got to plan and decide where to take everyone. I decided on going to Ightham Mote as our parents had taken us a few years back and we wanted to visit again. The most interesting things we learnt were:

  • Dame Dorothy Selby died by pricking her finger on a needle that was infected.
  • The cook swam around the moat for her daily exercise!
  • There is a Toffee Apple tree that smells of caramel in the Autumn
  • There is a plant called Elephant Rhubarb that can grow leaves up to 2.5 metres in length! This plant was found in prehistoric times.
  • There was a small window that was called a "squint window" this was for the family to look through into the chapel because only the priest was allowed close to God.
  • Elle needs to learn how to turn a booklet (she missed an entire page on the "Eye Spy" sheet! This is why she is in the dog-house - see today's photo.)


Lastly, over to me - what a great day our girls planned for Mr B and me!  They said we were good people to take out because we were interested in everything, ate anything and didn't complain!  I would thoroughly recommend Katie as a logistics expert, if anyone needs an outing organising.  As for Eleanor, she will almost certainly take up a career in catering - or, perhaps, as a Wedding Planner.  She will the kind of Wedding Planner who tells the bride: 'Don't worry about the dress, my dear, just wear any old thing - concentrate on the FOOD.  Now will that  be a four tiered chocolate wedding cake, or shall we go for five.....'


We'll all be watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony tonight, with Dominos pizzas and Elle's special shortbread birthday biscuits (soon to go in the oven for cooking).  And by tomorrow, if our numbers come up in the Euro Lottery, we could be millionaires! Or not...... 


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28.12 | 07:41

This wonderful blog has summed up the true meaning of A Christmas Day. Once the dread of a restricted day had sunk in, other ways were invented. Thank you

22.12 | 09:20

So sorry to hear that Brian is in hospital. It would be bad at any time but at present....... It must be true agony for you. You'll both be in my thoughts. xx

22.08 | 02:02


I'll be able to help you with information on the usher's as Thomas Henry Usher is my aunt's ancestor as well can you please email me so we can talk

22.08 | 02:00

Hi Karen,

I thought I would try again to see if I can get a response from you again please email me so we can talk further. My email is: lol-emma@live.com.au

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