The clientele of the Grove Tavern witness the historic unveiling of the new hand-painted inn sign. A mix up with Blogger prevented me from including this picture in yesterday's post. But that an event of such importance occurs so seldom in our quiet village area of Tunbridge Wells, has encouraged me to persist, as indeed has Barrett Bonden's lament for the disappearing pubs of his county of Herefordshire See yesterday's comments).
Dentists have not, until recently, been drawn into a search for new customers or had to use the techniques known for want of a better word as "marketing". But what is marketing if it is not the message outside the dental practice in the High Street? The name, for example, Gentle Dental is an immediate challenge to those who fear the drill more than the toothache. Additional words appeal to the other attraction of dentistry apart from freedom from pain - vanity. "Dentistry to make you smile", it says and reinforces the assertion with the words: "Inspirational smiles Inspirational dentistry. Step inside to make an appointment."
Now is the season when the prolific and energetic clematis montana rubens, having flowered in the spring, begins to grow, sending its tendrils out on missions of aggression and conquest. We usually see it clambering over walls and fences and up trees, but today, I encounter one that has nowhere to climb and instead creeps along some paving looking frantically for an upright support to help it up to the sun.