When the question of Christmas presents was raised, he and Lyn suggested that they should offer us on our way up to Sunderland a night's lodging at the King's Arms in Askrigg (it was the inn where they spent part of their honeymoon, and is best known from the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" as 'The Drovers'). Apart from being at home or with family, I cannot think of a better place to spend Christmas.
Our short stay there gave rise to this and the rather less serious piece of verse which will be found in another section of the book - though, as I've explained before, the comic ones came first.
And many an exile half a world away
Beauty must fade, and all things have an end,