I hadn't visited the St Lawrence/Spitfire Ground for some time,and it proved to be a much-changed place.
With several new luxury mews houses,a retirement home and a Sainsbury's Local on the fringes of the outfield,it cuts a very different picture from 2011.
Is it better for it?
Well,the Lime Tree Cafe is a welcome addition,where one can receive decent coffee and a bacon roll from friendly servers and watch the morning session from a sunlit patio.
On the subject of lime trees...the feature that made this fine old arena quite unique was the ancient arbor growing on the outfield,which less than half a dozen players have managed to clear with the ball over the past 170 years.
Sadly,the old tree was diseased and was brought down in a storm back in 2005.
However,a sapling was taken from it and replanted adjacent to it's parent in order to carry on the tradition.
But the ground redevelopment has meant that the tree now stands lonely and unmarked outside the playing surface.
Like the crumbling Frank Woolley Stand,it appears that tradition has been passed over in favour of the developer's dollar.
Did we have a good day though?
Yes we did: the sun shone,the runs were plundered and the wickets fell as Kent toiled against Glamorgan.
What better way to spend a golden early autumn day?
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