In Castle Coop, a tiny English village where nothing happens, what does everyone do? Read on and meet amongst others, the Agent and the Chairman of the Village Hall who barbecue, Bossy Brown Owl, Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge who are frightfully grand, Sir Plym and Lady Egality who throw fabulous parties, Trev the Rev who cares faithfully for all his parishioners, gardening guru, Lady Lohmann Brown, Col Pyncheon and Lady Sebright who love watching Foyle's War and Lady Liberty who has just cycled to Paris..
Inspired by real events in the early Cold War, the new series will see Foyle (Kitchen) immersed in the dangerous world of espionage in his role as a Senior Intelligence Officer for MI5.
Honeysuckle Weeks will reprise her role of Foyle’s trusted ally Samantha Stewart, while thriller writer Anthony Horowitz will again script the new episodes.
The new Foyle’s War will explore the power of American and German industrialists and a major blight of post war Britain – the Black Market.
“We are delighted to see the return of Foyle’s War to ITV,” said ITV’s Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson.
“Anthony Horowitz has written three outstanding episodes and the audience are in for a real treat. This series also gives us the chance to take the shoot to one of the jewels of the North West, Liverpool.”
The three feature-length episodes will shoot in Liverpool, doubling for post-war London, with transmission planned for 2015.”
Just to refresh the mind and remind one how exciting it is watching DCS Foyle raise his eyebrow while cutting to the chase, here is a trailer from 2013 for the eighth series of Foyle’s War :
“In his role as a Senior Intelligence Officer for the secret service-MI5 Foyle continues to be immersed in the dangerous world of espionage at a time in our country’s history when political and foreign governmental relationships were delicately balanced.
Honeysuckle Weeks also returns to her role as Samantha Stewart, Foyle’s trusted associate and ally who successfully navigates the shadowy world of intelligence and assists her former boss as he seeks to uncover the truth of the cases he investigates.
With each episode scripted by Anthony, he will explore powerful American and German industrialists, the latter from the chemical giant I G Farben, accused of fuelling Hitler’s War Machine, and reflect on the tangled web of promises to the Jews to create a state of Israel in British Palestine. The major blight of post war Britain, the Black Market, will also feature with the focus on some of the darkest secrets from operations conducted by the British secret service during WW2.”
I gather that the new episodes are to air on British TV (on ITV) between January & April 2015. Hurrah! They will be the sugar in the medicine of being cold for months & months. I must go and round up the actual members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club so we can plan our reunion meeting!
Don’t forget, if you would like to join us – The Graf (Chairman), Lady Egality (Treasurer), Col. Pyncheon, Lady Sebright & me (Secretary) watching the new series, sign up to be a virtual member of The International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club!
The Agent, my dear partner in Life, has been behaving in a most peculiar fashion recently. I can’t think what has come over him. Every now and then I catch him giving me surreptitious odd looks and when we were at the supermarket this morning, he suggested I should stay in the car even though the shopping list was massive. I’m getting quite worried about him and feel guilty that I’ve been too busy to find out what’s wrong.
A busy week:
Since I returned from pedalling to Paris, I’ve been researching nutritious juices and smoothies. It’s been absolutely fascinating. There are several web-sites devoted to whizzed-up vegetables and their health benefits; from them and from books, I’ve gleaned all sorts of amazing facts about green juice, vegetables, vitamins and nutrients.
Just look at all this info!
Apparently broccoli has as much calcium as milk, lots of fibre and vitamin C and is a nutrient powerhouse. Wow!
Ms. Kingsbury & Ms Ding are mines of information about juicing and nutrients.
“Spinach juice contains 3.1 mg of iron per 3.5 oz. serving, which is quite high for a non-animal-based food. Having healthy iron intake promotes blood health and prevents anemia. A 3.5 oz. serving of spinach juice offers 51 mg of phosphorus. This high amount of phosphorus is a particularly valuable spinach juice benefit because … phosphorus supports strong bones and teeth and promotes kidney health.” Magic!
After thoroughly enjoying myself all week, experimenting with juicing different combinations of the above,
I am delighted to report that, should you wish to try a recipe for green juice,
a large cupful of spinach
a very small piece of celery
2 green apples
a small bit of ginger root small bunch of parsley a few broccoli florets 1 cucumber
all juiced up together, make a delicious and extremely healthful drink.
Warning: IMO, adding too much celery just makes one long for a Bloody Mary.
Something is definitely wrong:
I do wish I knew what is the matter with The Agent but I shall try & find out over supper. Having drunk several glasses of green juice this week, I feel absolutely terrific & yet he’s just asked me if I think I could be at all bilious. What on earth has prompted that? I wonder if he’s worrying that he’s coming down with flu.
Perhaps I should book him an appointment to see the doctor just to be on the safe side.
Determined not to fall off the Keep Fit & Stretchy straight and narrow, I have been very busy xtending my efforts.
Xtend Barre Workout:
I gather that Xtend barre promotes grace and flexibility and will strengthen and lengthen in an exciting new way! Here is the instructor, Ms. Andrea Rogers, looking very graceful and flexible and also rather strong and long.
I can’t wait to be just like Ms. Rogers! I can’t wait to be strong and long. I can’t wait to have a chiselled body!
Here I am in the same pose:
Looking this picture (and I’m trying to be objective), it doesn’t seem as though I’ve xtended in quite the same impressive way as Ms. Rogers. I can’t see many signs of much lengthening, strengthening and chiselling going on, let alone grace and flexibility. Actually, I just seem round.
Enjoy the mounting sense of anticipation as you leave Beauvais for the final stretch to Paris. After lunch, you will merge together into one massive peloton for your triumphant entry into Paris.
From the outskirts of the city, Paris police accompany you, sirens blaring, as you wind through city streets to your final destination. Your first view of the Arc de Triomphe as you turn the corner is a magical moment that you will never forget. We are the only bike ride other than the Tour de France that the roads around the Arc are closed fo and cycling around this iconic monument with 300 cyclists is thrilling end to your exhilarating, unforgettable adventure.
But it’s not quite over yet. Before celebrations begin you will, as a group, parade up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the iconic Arc. During a poignant ceremony, cycling becomes secondary for a few minutes as we remember all those in our Armed Forces who are away from home serving their country – some of them in difficult and dangerous surroundings. What better way to “Stand shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve”?.
But the evening is all about celebration as we toast your fantastic achievement! As your bike heads back to London, you travel by coach to your hotel and a final celebratory dinner together, hosted by The Royal British Legion.
Day 4 – 7.00am breakfast 7.30pm coach pick up from hotels Departures at 8.30am…
Day 4 – Beauvais to Menucourt
34.9 mi – about 1 hour 4 mins
Day 4 – 11.40am -12.30pm lunch; 1.00pm All leave together for Paris
Day 4 Menucourt to Paris
26.9 mi – about 1 hour 13 mins
Day 4 3.24pm Arrive Arc de Triomphe 3.25-4.00pm Celebration and medal presentations 4.30pm Remembrance Ceremony at Arc de Triomphe 5.00pm Depart Arc de Triomphe 5.25pm ARrive at Hôtel National des Inv…
Following a rousing send-off from the people of Abbeville, we continue our cycling by heading south through the Somme region.
The Somme is remembered for the terrible battles of the First World War and the beautiful countryside is studded with cemeteries and other poignant reminders of the thousands of men who lost their lives. You will continue through the Oise Region of Picardie and in the afternoon there will be a special reception at the small village of Auchy La Montagne, where each year the villagers give us a wonderful welcome in thanks for their liberation by British Forces in the Second World War.
The day ends with a ceremony at the war memorial in Beauvais followed by a drinks reception at the Fire Station, before coaches take you to your hotels.
Day 3 – 7.00am breakfast in hotels 7.40am coach from Cap Hornu 8.00am coaches from Ibis and Mecure hotels 8.45am War Memorial ceremonyDepartures at 9.00am, 9.45am and 10.00am
Day 3 – Abbeville to Poix de Picardie
30.1 mi – about 1 hour 2 mins
Poix de Picardie
Day 3 – arrive 11.55am-12.35pm for lunch Departures at 1.00pm, 1.30pm and 1.45pm
Day 3 – Poix de Picardie to Auchy la Montagne
24.5 mi – about 46 mins
Auchy la Montagne
Day 3 – 3.00-3.40pm Arrive Auchy la Montagne, regroup and drinks 4.30 pm depart in one group
Day 3 – Auchy la Montagne to Beauvais
11.5 mi – about 20 mins
Day 3 – 5.30pm arrive Beauvais War Memorial for ceremony 6.10pm arrive fire station for bike storage and coaches to hotel.
A moving ceremony at the Calais War Memorial begins our first day in France. After laying a wreath of Remembrance, set off south-west through the beautiful undulating fields and open countryside of the Pas de Calais region. Cycling is the national sport of France and you’ll receive a warm welcome with locals cheering and waving you on your way.
Rolling road-closures and our fleet of support vehicles make sure you need stop for no-one as you cycle to ancient Desevres for lunch. You’ll then pass through the picturesque villages of Roussent and Crécy-en-Ponthieu. Our final leg of the day will bring you to the stunning town of Abbeville, which lies on the River Somme. Abbeville suffered badly in a German air raid in WW2 but its beautiful Flemish-style architecture is still in evidence.
Calais Town Hall
Day 2 – 7.00am Breakfast in hotels 7.30am Coach pick-up from hotels to Town Hall
and bike storage 8.30am War Memorial ceremony; Departures at 9.00am, 9.45am and 10.00am
Day 2 – Calais to Desvres
29.1 mi – about 57 mins
Day 2 Lunch 11.15 – 11.50am Departure at 12.30, 1.15 and 1.30pm
Day 2 – Desvres to Roussent
28.2 mi – about 51 mins
Day 2 – 2.35 to 3.21pm
Day 2 – Roussent to Crècy-en-Ponthieu
14.6 mi – about 37 mins
Crècy-en-Ponthieu pit stop
Crècy-en-Ponthieu to Abbeville
13.8 mi – about 32 mins
Day 2 – 6.05pm arrive in Abbeville – bike storage and coaches to hotels
The Royal British Legion’s signature bike ride. 300 cyclists on a 4-day ride to Paris with a triumphant finish at the Arc de Triomphe. The starting point is Greenwich Park. Please note: Google maps add the distance and DRIVING time to this map. Cycling time is not included.
Day 1: London to Calais (129km) Leave the capital bright and early from Greenwich Park, accompanied by our motorbike outriders, and head for the coast through some of Kent’s finest scenery.
Refuel at The Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford and lunch in the village of Sellindge before sweeping down to Dover harbour in time to catch your ferry and have dinner en-route to Calais. Then relax in your hotel and enjoy a well-earned rest after your longest day in the saddle.
Start – Greenwich Park
Registration 6.30-7.30am; photo shoot 7.30am; start at 8.00am
Day 1 – Greenwich to Aylesford
28.4 mi – about 1 hour 5 mins
Royal British Legion Village, Alyesford
9.45-10.45am tea stop 10.45, 11.00 and 11.15 departures
Day 1 – Aylesford to Sellindge
28.4 mi – about 54 mins
Sellindge Sports and Social Club
1.00pm-2.00pm Lunch Departures at 2.00pm, 2.15pm and 2.30pm
Day 1 – final leg to Dover
20.3 mi – about 39 mins
3.00-3.30pm break at Dover Port and P&O ferry registration; 3.25pm group leaves for 4.40pm ferry; dinner on ferry
Ferry to Calais
7.30pm (local time) arrival at Calais
There’s been a lot of talk on here about tough hills, so we asked the super-efficient P2P organisers to highlight key elevation moments that might be challenging. Here’s what they told us…
Yours, not quite believing that I’m really on my way!
I thought it would be miserable as it was starting to rain, but it turned out to be brilliant fun!
Under Starter’s Orders:
I was just putting on my helmet when Sir Plym appeared driving his lawnmower. He’d been cutting the grass in the churchyard and on the spur of the moment, he challenged me to a race down The Street. The Agent drew up the course with the starting line at the church lych gate and the finish at the Ox and Moose. Lady Egality was in charge of waving the chequered flag, aka her hat.
We set off and I couldn’t believe it – it wasn’t even neck and neck. I actually won outright by 3 lengths - even though Lady Egality said Sir Plym had his foot right down on the accelerator! I was absolutely thrilled! Maybe I will be fast enough to keep up with everyone else on the Pedal2Paris.
An encouraging email:
I have been so anxious recently about riding slowly – every other cyclist I meet on the road seems to overtake me. However just after my race, I received an email from kind Dan, the Events Administrator for The Royal British Legion.
Please do not worry about your speed, I am sure you will be fine and find plenty of company in one of our speed groups and our ride captains (they’ll be the riders in red) are a fantastic help.
Don’t you think that is encouraging? It never occurred to me that there might be anyone slow in a ‘speed’ group – perhaps I’ll find a cycling buddy!
And…the thought of ride captains who ‘help’is very reassuring.
A new shirt arrives!
There was also an exciting post this morning. The Royal British Legion has sent me an official shirt to wear!
Isn’t the bit with the supporters cheering us all on, shouting, Bon Courage ! & Allez ! fab ?
The die is cast!
I’ve been for my last training ride. It is now too late for me to get any better at cycling, any fitter or any faster.
The die is cast!
Yours, beginning to get really excited,
I have just found this message on the RBL’s Facebook page:
You’ve all been training so hard and putting so much time into fundraising for the Legion, we wanted to say ‘well done’
– and remind you of the important work the charity will be able to do thanks to your superb efforts. Give yourself a pat on the back!
I should like to pass my pat onto all those who have so kindly and generously sponsored me.
Thank you all so much!
I’ve just been looking on the website of the Paris hotel where the RBL have kindly booked me a room to stay in on Sunday night should I actually manage to stagger up to the Arc de Triomphe..
Here is a promotional photograph showing a suggested ‘leisure’ activity:
Loyal followers of The Awesome Hen will know that inspired by the Diary of Samuel Pepys, I chronicle village life in Castle Coop. Those of us who live here will argue it is every bit as interesting a place to live in as London even though nothing newsworthy ever happens. I'm an absolutely ardent follower of 'Foyle's War' and embrace the principles of Health & Fitness enthusiastically albeit without much success. Day to day, quite a bit of energy is spent trying to avoid being lectured by Brown Owl and when I need my feelings soothing, my best friend Lady Egality invites me to play Racing Demon while we share a pot of tea. The Agent, my dear Partner in Life, is unfailingly supportive, even when I burn our supper and and Chicks Ma, Mi & Min who now all live in London, kindly return home at weekends with their washing.
Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge live in Castle Coop Castle and drive about in either a Golf Cart or a Bentley
Join the Castle Coop International Friday Night Foyle's War Club and become a Virtual Member!
Although The Agent never complains and always encourages her efforts, Lady Liberty Hen is a hopeless cook.
Castle Coop villagers donated over £300 buying poppies in 2013!
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All the villagers you meet in The Awesome Hen live in the virtual village of Castle Coop and nowhere else. They are entirely their own selves and have no alter egos in either the actual or the virtual world.
These Villagers are absolutely delighted to think that you know who they are and all say hello!
Lady Liberty Hen,
Lady Egality Maran,
The Chairman of the Village Hall,
Sir Plymouth Rock,
The Misses Pepperpot,
The Graf von Blommehön,
Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge,
Lady Lohmann Brown.