It’s been a good week for catching up with colleagues from our Blue Badge Tourist Guides training course.
We’ve all been bumping into each other at Dover Cruise Terminal, Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle and in the cobbled streets of Rye as we introduced some of the first cruise visitors of the season to the delights of Kent’s coastline, beautiful countryside and historic sites.
I’ve taken some lovely groups of people on full and half-day excursions out of Dover on behalf of InterCruises and we have been so lucky with the weather – yesterday in Rye we even had sunshine! Not surprisingly there were a few bemused faces as I explained that despite six weeks of rain almost every day the South East is officially a drought area; although, as I only found out myself recently, anyone who holds a disabled parking Blue Badge is normally exempt from the hosepipe ban. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the authorities will take a dim view of anyone hiring their granny out to water someone else’s garden!
Our visitors are catching on to the excitement of the UK’s big Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games year and we are looking forward to sharing some of the forthcoming events with them. In the meantime one of our favourites is imminent – The 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. More about that next week as in the meantime we have some related rather early morning starts to get through!