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Posted by Paul Crisp on July 03, 2022 at 03:37:22 user Paul_Crisp.

In Reply to: Re: Shewn (was shown) posted by Magnus Smith on June 27, 2022 at 22:33:53:

There is one mention of AR visiting Wales in the first two weeks of January 1935. He set of from Suffolk by car to Poole and thence to Exeter where he dined with his former wife Ivy. Her tales about their daughter led him to go to bed "so sick that I could not sleep." From there he drove to Leominster to meet a friend. this was a journey of over 175 miles and would have taken at least 4 1/2 hours. Presumably he was using a faster and more comfortable car than Rattletrap the Trojan. Outside Hereford he had a skid. The car turned on its side and rolled backwards into a ditch. Ransome counted himself very lucky to get away with a bruised hand and cut leg. The car worked and he drove on, replacing the tail lamp in Leominster. He then drove to Llangollen in Wales by way of Shrewsbury (reason for visit unknown) and admitted to having an awful headache. The next day he drove home via Chester, a journey of about 240 miles and taking at least five hours. He arrived home in time for tea. On the 11th he described his head as "pretty rotten" and saw his doctor. On the 13th he sat down to read a P.G. Wodehouse novel. Whether or not AR visited Wales to fish I know not. The Dee at LLangollen is not listed in his fishing notebook wherein he listed the rivers and lakes he had fished; this list does contain omissions, namely the Surrey Wey where he fished for the first time after the death of his father. It mentions the Severn but does not say where on it he visited. At least we know he crossed the border once

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