June 6th, 2013

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Grrrr...

Ailz rings her mother every day and gets met with a barrage of snark and self pity. Dot is desperately jealous that we're down here paying attention to my mother and not up there paying attention to her. I stood in for Ailz the other day and got a taste of what she's up against. It was nasty. So I put on my shining imaginary cricket whites and protective gear. The way to deal with such people is to think of them as tricksy spin bowlers and go forward to them and block everything they send down.

And, maybe, every once in a while, sweep them to the boundary.

Ailz's word for her mother's behaviour is "dishonourable". I can't think of a better. 
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Oast House In Brenchley

Oast House In Brenchley

Oast houses are peculiar to this part of the world. You find them in Kent and East Sussex and- as far as I'm aware- nowhere else. What they are is kilns for the drying of hops- for use in beer. These days they're uneconomical to run and large numbers of them have been converted to other uses. There's one just up the road from here that's used as a B & B; Ailz and I stayed in it once. Circular rooms- what fun!