Jon Crispin's Notebook

An Interesting Day or Two


Yesterday I took the train from Stratford upon Avon to Marylebone London.  It was raining.


I made it with plenty of time to spare to make the 5.30 kickoff for the Fulham v Derby County match (ended in a 1-1 draw, but still fun).


After the match I walked back to my hotel past my favorite row of houses.  Most of them have these amazing stained glass doors.  Mind blowingly beautiful.


This morning I had a bit of a plan that started in Bishop’s Park.


I wanted to walk past the Cottage again.  Last night, I entered the ground through door 36.  Quite narrow.


I really like these graphic tiles set into the pavements along the Thames Walk.  Especially the smell lines coming out of the poo.


Next stop was The Dove in Hammersmith for a pint of ESB.  Nice


I started inside in the tiny bar and then moved to the deck out back.


Just before I got to my ultimate destination (next photo), I got a text from Cris at home telling me to call immediately.  This is why; a giant fookin’ tree had fallen on my Element, and had knocked over my Vespa.  I think the Element might just be toast, but the Vespa could be ok.  Kind of put a damper on things.


Many years ago John Wilson surprised me at the end of a very long walk along the Thames with this view.


Here is a closer look at the Naked Ladies of Twickenham.


And another.

I made it back to the Dove for more beer and a Sunday roast.  Tomorrow I have some meetings with folks interested in the suitcase project.  V exciting.

Back in England


My friend John Wilson picked me up at Heathrow on Monday morning.  After a jammed up drive to Stratford upon Avon on the M40, we made it in time for the dog’s evening walk.  Here he is with Violet, and Sid and Lilly.  Sid is a pup and Lilly wears a muzzle because twice now she has eaten small plastic balls that had to be removed surgically.


The next morning we all went for a nice long walk on the Welcombe Hills.


The obelisk off in the distance is very cool.


These sheep were very interested in the dogs, but the dogs couldn’t be bothered.


Here are Flora and Violet heading back to the car.


And Sid taking a bit of a break while he kept an eye out for squirrels.


Today was another warmish day so we drove to Broadway in the Cotswolds for another chance to walk the dogs.


I first met John when I was living in Berlin in the 1980s and we have been fast friends ever since.   I have actually had this Barbour jacket (which he originally bought in Berlin) for the last 20 or so years.  He needed it back for his dog walks so it is now his again.  I hope to have it back someday.


Here is Sid patiently waiting for a treat.


I have always had a soft spot for Morgan cars.  This one is sitting in front of one of the Broadway hotels, and it took my breath away when I saw it.


After our walk we ended up here for a lovely lunch.  We have come to the Snowshill Arms many times, and it always makes me so happy.


While John was sorting out the dogs and Flora was getting Violet organized, I went in to see about a table.  John said “Four people and two dogs”.  Sid and Lilly were under the table the whole meal.  Here is Siddy giving me a nuzzle.  What a sweet boy.

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