The rolling farmlands and the abundance of combines and other farm
equipment  on the road to the Mitchell family's home, Sandon House,
served as a reminder that farmers are still the backbone of the area --
but it also reminded me that few people today will ever experience the
luxury of country living.
The Mitchells -- Don and Kathy with daughters Sarah and Kate, and
son James -- moved into Sandon House over twenty years ago. Don found,
while clearing out the stables, a tube with a bright orange box kite inside.
Fortunately, through curiosity, he did not throw out this unusual item.
Some years later the previous occupant of the house called by and he explained
that the kite was from the Lancaster that had crashed in the village. The
caller was Doctor Bocking, one of the first on the scene of the crash,
and he had done his best to help the men, but sadly, to no avail.
We turned into the entrance to Sandon House , drove up to the
aforementioned stable , which now serves as a garage for Don's vintage
Triumph , and soon after I had my first look at the strange remnant
from the Lancaster  which had triggered the extraordinary sequence of
events which brought my mother and me to England.
Sandon House is a huge, multi-storied, vine covered brick home 
which Don and Kathy  have decorated with exquisite taste. The view from
the terrace  overlooks lush sprawling grounds  -- complete with tennis
The Mitchells' interest in historical artifacts and travel is in
evidence everywhere -- inside and outside the house. A garden shelter even
houses ancient handcrafted wood and stone parts from a long-demolished
local mill .