|Rochester Castle from across the Medway River, engraving, GF Sargent. c. 1836 (wikimedia)|
What comes next is a trip to England. I'm going with friend Linda in early September to visit friends James and Edward who live in Rochester, Kent, UK, an hour southeast of London, and to explore the beautiful countryside around it.
|Restoration House, Dicken's home for|
Mrs. Haversham, Rochester, Kent.
|One of James' stunning|
hybrid lillies. Amazing, isn't it?
James has been living in Rochester, Kent, for almost 10 years. He is a master gardener. His photos of his hybrid lillies, as well as his peonies, roses and stunning gardens, have enticed me across the pond to see them for myself. Edward is a great photographer as well. There's nothing quite like strolling the gardens of the world, taking in the sights, scents and varieties, and then transplanting them in our own gardens at home, along with the sweet memories. James and Edward are masters.
|London tube map. I love these maps.|
We'll explore the Rochester area, then spend several days in London. I want to see a Frida Kahlo costume collection at the Albert and Victoria Museum, and Linda wants to see "Hamilton," the play, at a London theatre to celebrate her birthday. We're doing both, and more. She loves afternoon "tea," so we'll have tea on her birthday at a place she chooses. England here we come.