I was talking to a friend who really knows England well and asked her what her favorite places were in Kent. The first thing she said was, “Chartwell, the home of Winston Churchill” so that was on my list of places to visit while there.
Churchill who became very famous during the WWII time in England was always seen with a cigar. One of my favorite photos of him is one of a Frenchman lighting Churchill’s cigar with a huge grin on his face. As Mary, my friend, and I turned into a tree lined lane leading into the grounds of Chartwell we had the windows of the car rolled down and, honest to God, we could smell cigar smoke. We both realized it at the same time. Was Winston greeting us, two Americans like his mother?
The grounds were just lovely. I think I’ve seen a photo of Churchill painting in this chair. He loved to paint and he was very good at it. I loved seeing his studio. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside though.
A very persistant duck on the grounds there. He was so pushy that he would stick his head in your purse or lap, if you were sitting down, looking for food. You had to push him away to keep him from searching your clothing and body for food.