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Nymans House and Gardens is not your normal stately home. Unlike Petworth House it does not date back to William the Conqueror via noble families but to 1890 when a rich German Jewish emigre banker Ludwig Messel wished to set himself up as country gentleman and chose  a house in 600 acres set in [...]

September 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park is a gorgeous parkland of water, redwoods, rhodedendra and azaleas with a lively political, historical, military and sporting background. It was first given to his  half brother Robert Mortain by William the Conqueror, its owners after him were the aristocratic families the Howards, [...]

September 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Petworth House

Yesterday I visited Petworth House the home of the Percy family in West Sussex. I was motivated by a conversation I had with Alice Mansfield who had watched a TV programme on Petworth House called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. Petworth House contains some eminent art works notably an unknown [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The George at Rye

It was Nancy who when I told her I had yet to visit Rye and suggested I did so. I heard from a friend of mine who had a good trip ashore in property that rich London townies attracted by the fast communication by rail to Ashford International were now buying up second homes there and for golfers [...]

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Black cab v Uber

We debate many things on The Rust but so far this is the first time we have considered the above transportation issue. When it comes to travel I am bit of a Luddite. My concerns with travel in the digital age are that my mobile might run out of juice, there is no back up phone number, and the [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A recce in France

Over the past three decades, as an amateur enthusiast without significant expert in the subject, I have done a good deal of military history research in all the usual places – not least in Belgium/France, Italy and Gallipoli (WW1) and in France, Belgium and Portugal (the Duke of Wellington at [...]

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Orient Express to Paris

When a travel mag I occasionally contribute to offered me a ticket on the Orient Express I readily grabbed my first opportunity to travel on it. It was a strictly work gig. I could not invite my husband or anyone else’s !!! Mind you as my son Tarquin’s Hornby has more space I could not be too [...]

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wrapping up

I got back from a hot Nice to a cold, grey and wet south coast Friday. I am definitely in the school of ‘rent not buy’ when it comes to overseas property but it took 3 hours to pack everything up and another one to unpack sandwiched by a flight in a compacted easyJet flight with [...]

April 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

No frills, no fun

There are few things in life I enjoy less than travelling on a budget airline. From booking to getting the boarding passes to travel, the whole process is one where I grit my teeth and bear it. Take yesterday, for example, when I was travelling from Nice to London Gatwick on easyJet. Neither Polly [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments


Sanary has an interesting literary history. Aldous Huxley, Cyril Connolly and Sybille Bedford all lived there. Sybille Bedford wrote a touching account of her childhood there in Jigsaw. Then the German Jewish writers notably Berthold Brecht fled there in the thirties. Nowadays it attracts more the [...]

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

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