The two pubs in the village area of Tunbridge Wells, where we live, both have new inn signs. The Green King - owned pub called the Compasses has replaced the sign showing a pair of compasses with an anomalous depiction of two magnetic compasses. While the Grove Tavern, now has a hand painted sign in the art nouveau style, colourful and appropriate. It also serves better beer and, even more important, has better conversation. Removing the blanket which covered the sign at the unveiling ceremony this afternoon, was a sticky operation, but was accomplished by the landlord, Steve Baxter, with some help, to momentous cheers from the local paparazzi, cameras in one hand, pints in the other.
Sunset over the the Common.
Royal Black, Filius Blue, Purple Tiger, Riot, Prairie Fox are among the chili varieties on a stand at the Town Hall Farmers Market. The plants, with their dark leaves and shiny pointed fruit extending in colour from red through purple, orange and green to black, are ranged on the stall, a spicy and exotic addition to the more traditional produce of Kent and Sussex.