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March 25 - Coastguard Cottages in Angmering-on-Sea


sunny 21 °C

After settling in yesterday, we were delighted that Steve and Carole were able to drive down here for a day-trip. We had a very pleasant stroll along the very wide, grassed area beside the sea which runs for 3 or 4 km from Angmering-on-Sea to Ferring, stopping, of course, at the Blue Bird Cafe for coffee and a sticky bun. Once we'd seen the notice about riding horses, we started talking about all of the ridiculous OH&S rules (Occupational Health and Safety) there are in the UK. Steve has a building company and workmen are not allowed to wear shorts ( in case they scratch their little leggies) and if they wear t-shirts or singlets, Steve has to supply sun-cream - so, all of his workers have to wear long-sleeve shirts



Angmering-on-Sea - Kings Gorse2

Angmering-on-Sea - Kings Gorse2

Angmering-on-Sea - Horse by-laws

Angmering-on-Sea - Horse by-laws

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March 24 - Off to England's South Coast


sunny 18 °C

We've had really good weather since we arrived in Suffolk, lots of sun and blue skies. Today we drive down to East Preston, a small village between Brighton and Chichester and according to forecasts, the sunny weather should continue for another 10 days or so

We have rented a cottage for 9 days and then have 3 days in the centre of Brighton


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March 14 - Kochi to Cockfield


sunny 14 °C

An early start - up at 4:30 and then a 1-hour drive in an air-conditioned Ambassador car to the Kochi airport (900 Rupees, about $18). It was an easy check-in but the large departure lounge does not have that much to offer - a book-store, a newsagent, 2 food kiosks and a couple more shops

The 4-hour A320 flight to Doha was OK but the cabin was uncomfortably hot. After just an hour or so in Doha (good luck for all of you planning for Doha 2022), we boarded an A340-600 for an excellent 7-hour flight to London Heathrow.

What an appalling welcome we and another 200 people had the immigration hall. Heathrow are treating non-EU passport-holders with contempt. Of 29 available desks, only 5 were in use and for a good 30 minutes, 4 of these were re-allocated to Fast-Track (Business and 1st-class). When I complained, I was told that they were actually conducting a survey on wait-times but, of course, not doing a single thing to alleviate the problem that was unfolding in front of them. Truly appalling

We eventually picked up our National Rental Car (booked through the excellent and cheap wwideres.co.uk) and had an uneventful 2-hour drive up to Cockfield in Suffolk. When we arrived at 9:45pm it was 2C

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March 13 - Our last day in Fort Cochin and Jeni's Interview


overcast 35 °C

Our last day in Fort Cochin was spent just strolling around town with Dee and Ken. At the Tea Pot cafe, Jeni had an prearranged interview with the Hindu newspaper to discuss the Ubud Writers Festival - the interview has now been published and you can read it at this link


We had a lovely evening with Dee, Padmini and Ken, firstly with a few drinks at the water-side Seagull Hotel and then at the marvellous Fort House restaurant (which also has great-looking accommodation). The food was right up there with the meal at the Grande Residencia yesterday and was still very reasonably priced

By the way, there are 2 Seagull Hotels right next to each other, one full of single Indian men, one not; Dee got quite a shock!

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March 12 - Alleppey back to Fort Cochin


semi-overcast 35 °C

Breakfast was had in the hotel's balcony restaurant overlooking the beach from the front and a park from the rear. As we munched on our Uppams (Appams), we watched several cricket matches and dozens of people taking their driving tests, and all going on at 8am on a Monday morning. The 90-minute drive back to Fort Cochin was easy



Although we have been staying with Ken in his apartment, both Jeni and I have not been sleeping well due to the extreme heat and humidity. So we thought we'd book into a air-conditioned hotel with a pool for a few days. $80 to $200 is the going price and even then there is very little available. We have found a very large "junior suite" in the Grande Residencia for $130 which has been miraculously reduced from its list price of $320 per night. And there is a pool

We ate again in the Liora Restaurant in the Grande Residencia. They have the best Indian vegetarian food in Fort Cochin at very reasonable prices (about $2.25 a dish) and often have tabla/sitar players in the evening

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