Today we were visited by a delightful trio of new Zealanders. They had seen our programme on TV in New Zealand and were determined to see it for themselves. They had been staying in Windermere and were en route to Chester, diverting via Settle to see the water tower.
What a delight and privilege it is to give enjoyment to people on the other side of the world.
I could not resist the obvious question about how they had gone on with the earthquake. Their home had been damaged to the extent of a £300,000 insurance claim but they had survived and were grateful for that. They said that the oldest buildings in Christchurch, notably the cathedral, had suffered the most. They therefore appreciated all the more our efforts at conserving our little bit of built heritage.