If you only rarely venture out of London , you're surprised to discover the Art Deco charms of England in July
Colchester's Dutch Quarter , for instance , is full of brightly coloured cottages .
Chester ( not a pet name for Colchester but somewhere quite different ) was all Elizabethan beams and hollyhocks by leaded windows . Not to mention masses of ladies , young and old , dressed to kill in pretty frocks and , what Smitonius assures me , are called fascinators . But more of this some other time .
And Scotney Castle had too many charms to mention .... including this boat house on the lake .
Because Art Deco , as used in greetings cards and nursery rhyme books , seemed to be everywhere last week , I was pleased to discover this plaque to Jane and Ann Taylor in Colchester . Jane wrote the words to "Twinkle , Twinkle Little Star " two hundred years ago and I still sing the song on an almost daily basis to toddlers today .
And in Lincoln , ( when I buy a 3-day travel card I use it ! ) I found an Art Deco tin , full of old buttons, which I'm still sorting through and admiring .
Meanwhile I'm delighted to say that Smitonius , minus gallbladder and impressive gallstone , is feeling better by the minute and will no doubt be blogging very soon .........about France or , indeed , Chester .