England

Christmas Wreath Making

Christmas Wreath Making

Dec 7, 2018

  Snipping away at a pile of assorted greenery. Arranging my pieces to my own design in a pre-made moss wreath, and chatting as I go. I am utterly in seventh heaven. Oh, yes and throw in a festive mince pie and the bliss is complete. I am attending a Christmas Wreath making workshop, run

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In the eye of a Willard Wigan needle.

In the eye of a Willard Wigan needle.

Dec 4, 2018

Today we went to Broadway in the Cotswolds. It is a beautiful village and tourists flock here just to admire it. But today our objective was slightly different because some friends had told us about a rather unusual sculpture exhibition by an artist called Willard Wigan at the Broadway Museum. You may not believe your

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Turning on the Christmas Lights!

Turning on the Christmas Lights!

Nov 28, 2018

Lights, Lights, Magic Lights, Stop the White Witch NOW! Lights, Lights, Magic Lights, Stop the White Witch NOW! Yes, we stood there in  the middle of a huge crowd of parents and children chanting this rhyme. Fortunately, or unfortunately for James, I am a big kid at heart and got totally into the spirit of

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Brighton : I’ve changed my mind!

Brighton : I’ve changed my mind!

Nov 14, 2018

Okay I’ll admit it I use not to be a fan of Brighton. Shock! Horror! James asked me only the other day, why? Well quite simply it harks back to my days in London. When I was much younger and over here doing the London thing, as us Aussies do. One day I got homesick

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The Great Sunday Lunch off – The Conclusion

The Great Sunday Lunch off – The Conclusion

Nov 12, 2018

Well, we thought it was going to be easy to decide. But no, our Great Sunday lunch-off in Yardley Hastings was a tough one. Our first Sunday lunch was the thatched beauty of The Red Lion and the next contender was the village charm of The Rose and Crown. Both of their Sunday lunches in

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A night in Eastbourne

A night in Eastbourne

Nov 11, 2018

Eastbourne is all about Victorian seafront hotels, pebbly beaches, piers and soaring white cliffs. On our way to our housesit in Brighton, we decided to treat ourselves to a night in a hotel. The idea of a sea view and a little Victoriana was met with a fair degree of enthusiasm from Suzannah. The Best

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A trip down memory lane.

A trip down memory lane.

Nov 8, 2018

Chipping Norton is a very special little market town in the English Cotswolds. But for us it is special for a different reason. For us it is “a trip down memory lane”. It was here, 21 years ago that we went on our first date. A lot of this town was built on the wealth

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The frost has arrived

The frost has arrived

Oct 31, 2018

Suzannah has been saying all year how much she is looking forward to a cold winter. The idea of a cold, English  Christmas is how we both feel Christmas should be. This week we got one step closer. The frost has arrived. We have been waking up to sparkly white grass and putting extra layers

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The English Aga

The English Aga

Oct 30, 2018

An Aga is as quintessentially English as a cream tea or a thatched country pub. But until this trip I had never really been on first name terms with one. I had boiled the odd kettle on my sister-in-law’s Aga but never actually cooked on one. Until now. Our first housesit in Devon had a

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Sunday Lunch Off round two

Sunday Lunch Off round two

Oct 29, 2018

Time for  our Sunday Lunch Off round two. Last week, when we decided to walk to Yardley Hastings for Sunday lunch, we had a problem. There are two pubs in Yardley Hastings. The only decent thing to do was to have a Sunday Lunch Off. Last Sunday it was the turn of the Red Lion

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Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield

Oct 27, 2018

This is a story of religious intolerance. It is from a time when religious beliefs were seen as absolute truths and those beliefs affected every part of your life. This is the story of Lyveden New Bield. Sir Thomas Tresham was a Roman Catholic at a time in English history when that was considered almost

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Oct 27, 2018

If, like me, you went to an English boarding school, singing hymns like “Amazing Grace” at top volume was one of the highlights of church services. It did not matter if you could sing or not.  Because everyone else was making such a racket, no-one could hear you anyway. It was not a particularly spiritual

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