Here at Ryelands B&B, we love meeting our guests and learning a little more about them as we introduce them to the property and its facilities, or chat a little whilst they enjoy a leisurely breakfast! We’ve been lucky enough to have had many fabulous guests to stay since we opened in May, each with their own unique reasons for visiting this beautiful part of the world!
We were very excited, a few weeks ago, to welcome the author Leona Thomas to our Bed & Breakfast. Leona’s father, Leonard H. Thomas, served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and kept a diary about his experiences aboard HMS Ulster Queen in the Russian Arctic Convoy. Leona has collated and edited these diaries to create ‘Through Ice and Fire: A Russian Arctic Convoy Diary 1942’ – a book that really brings to life the hardship and reality of life at sea on an anti-aircraft ship in dangerous times and inhospitable conditions.
Leona was kind enough to share a copy of her book with us, so we can confirm that ‘Through Ice and Fire’ is an incredibly poignant insight into our history, and highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the first-hand experiences of our service personnel in World War 2. If you are interested in reading Leona’s book, you can find it here.