Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Country retreats

We had an all time record for page views on Monday with 779. I was not here to see it, though, as I visited my younger son, the Formula 1 engineer, at his home on the Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire border. This was the first time I had been there and I was very impressed by his house which was started in the 18th Century, added to in the 19the Century and completed in the 21st Century. He has a beautiful garden full of herbaceous borders and the surrounding countryside is delightful.

He seems fully integrated into village life, playing for the village cricket team and even mowing the country churchyard once a week. He has met the Lord of the Manor who is one of the Cecil family. They were running things at the time of the first Queen Elizabeth.

I spent 5 hours driving and managed it very well. Clearly my health is improving. We also went for a 45 minute walk with the dog. Several of the roads in this part of the country are unmetalled and difficult to distinguish from farmers' fields. The weather kept well for the most part although he actually had some rain, which has been a rare event this spring.

He had some news on the job front. He is not going to be traveling so much next year. He has had three years of attending most of the Grand Prix around the world, but it looks as though Brazil we be his last. Next year he is will be promoted to the Board of the Company at double the salary. Hasn't he done well! He will be just 31.

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