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Our annual visit to the Brighton Festival took us to our favourite B&B, Nineteen. Click HERE to see 2011's visit.
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One Fringe performance had us following instructions through headphones in Brighton Station. We found amazing Latin cooking at one of the Open Houses.
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Dreamthinkspeak's The Rest is Silence was a bit disappointing after their unforgettable Before I Sleep, but Matthew Bourne's Spitfire, featuring underwear models, made up for it. The sheep ornament is the latest addition to our Christmas ornament collection.
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We honoured Nick's mother by returning to Winchcombe for a family picnic.
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George returned to Normandy for another stunning school trip. Click HERE to see last year's trip.
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We enjoyed Laura Wade's gripping play, Posh and we heard a rather posh group of a capella singers on Portobello Road in London.
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It was Men's Fashion Week in London and we watched the man in the blue suit be photographed before he dropped his ice cream on the ground.
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The Arbonaut's production of Biped's Monitor, based on Italo Calvino's fairy tale, took us to Nunhead Cemetery at dusk. The singers imitated birdsong as the audience passed through.
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We spent a lot of time in Chelsea looking at blue plaques and visiting the Physic Garden, well worth the price of admission.
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A June outing to see the walled garden at Mottisfont Abbey
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Nick's work took us back to France, where we made a visit to Jean Cocteau's house, just outside Paris. We first saw his work at an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in 2003.
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"Companion" Edouard Dermit was Cocteau's muse, film star, gardener, and adopted son. He is largely responsible for the preservation of Cocteau's house in Milly-la-Forêt.
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Cocteau's house, with its groovy leopard print wallpaper, and huge garden with fruit trees, roses, and a river.
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Cocteau's frescoes in Milly are very similar to those at the French church in London, but those don't have a cat.
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We stayed in Châlons-en-Champagne, a town with cathedrals galore, in the heart of the champagne area of France.
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There was an evening concert right outside our hotel window. The band used accordion, glockenspiel, flute, flugelhorn, and other instruments to good effect.
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We took the train through the tunnels at the Mercier champagne factory and tasted some bubbly at the end of our ride.
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We missed the night-time "spectacle" of illuminations on the side of the cathedral (like in Rouen), but the Marc Chagall stained glass was a pleasant surprise.
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Above, Robert Thompson's pork belly with lobster and porcini cannelloni recipe (last seen in spring), a magical production in our local habour, and a day out in Portland, Dorset
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Pierre Sauvegeot's Harmonic Fields was an inspiring collection of 500 instruments played by the wind along a Dorset cliff top.
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These playful divers were seen near the Portland lighthouse. One of them lost his teeth the week before and was hoping to find them in the water.
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Henry VIII's fortress and autumn raspberries from our garden
Click HERE to see photos from summer 2011 and HERE to see photos from 2012's trip to Tuscany

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