|Chapter leader Jean Fullerton arranging the next get-together|
|Pia Fenton, who celebrated her newest release by bringing along chocolates and champagne|
Then late on Monday I moved to Bishops Stortford on the Essex / Hertfordshire border to spend a few days with my oldest friend (not oldest in age, but in how long I’ve known her).
The highlights of the week so far, apart from more chatting and more tea, was a visit to Audley End (the house itself was closed, so we wandered the gardens, servants’ wing and stables) and a day out in London featuring afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, cocktails at Duke’s Hotel, and ending with blisters and Les Miserables.
|Front facade of Audley End|
|The Jacobean stables at Audley End|
|The clandestine Pond Garden, which sparked a new 1920s story for me ...|
Tomorrow I take the train up to Penrith and the real reason I’ve travelled half way round the world: the RNA Conference. More on Monday.