As a new member of the East Anglian Writers’ Group, I was so looking forward to their summer party which is held each year at the beautiful Norfolk home of Ann and Anthony Thwaite.
The garden borders the River Tas and it’s from this very spot that poet Philip Larkin took a punt with his editor, Anthony. Here I am, reading Larkin by the river!
And the lovely Alice Thwaite was punting guests up and down the river after a splendid buffet-style lunch in the garden so Roy and I climbed aboard.
There is something magical about being so close to the water. We saw damselflies galore and some beautiful plants and flowers and the gentle beauty of the Norfolk countryside.
No wonder Ratty in Wind in the Willows says that there is, ‘nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.’