This week the War & Peace Revival show returned to the Hop Farm - just down the road.
Sadly it wasn't the fun event for us that it used to be, because of the organisers inability to find anyone (so they said) willing to rent out mobility scooters to visitors that needed them (you know, like aged or disabled military veterans... or just civilians like me who need them to get around large events such as this).
We watched The Jive Aces (one of Rachel's favourite bands) do their set for an hour, and then tried to explore the rest of the sprawling grounds.
But I just wasn't up to it. Fearing another 'passing out' incident, we gave up after a difficult hour and a quarter of meandering in the heat, and headed home.
However, while we were there, we still managed to speak to some lovely people, and visit a few trading stalls.
At the wonderfully eclectic D&B Militaria stall I stumbled across an old 1940s book about space travel, Flights Into The Future, which I immediately knew had to be mine.
Eight pounds well spent and worth every penny.
A 1948 Christmas present to someone called John, the 126-page hardback, published by The Thames Publishing Company, is a mix of essays on scientific fact and speculation (as understood at that time) and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Jungle Of The Air), Jules Verne (From Earth To Moon And A Trip Round It), and AS Long (Last Days On Earth).
Illustrations come in black and white line art and eight beautiful colour plates.
For me, this stunning vintage book made the day worthwhile and I know Rachel was delighted to see the Jive Aces again.