September 1, 2006
And so, a chapter draws to a close, as I sit here on the esplanade at Ryde, overlooking the pier and the Solent on this cloudy, windy day. I love this island and these people. I spent the morning at Ashcliff, my childhood home and sanctuary, befriending the new owners who have spent a fortune restoring it (at last!) to its former glory. I climbed the cliff for the first time since I was a boy and as my footsteps rustled through the layers of leaves I couldn't help but hear the footsteps of a smaller, younger Terry behind me.