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Fit for a Prince

Though most of its citizens are doubtless unaware of this, Durham has a pretty special history.  There was probably an earlier settlement here, but the place was really put on the map when the monks of Lindisfarne arrived with the bones of St Cuthbert ( 512 more words


Aberford Addendum

2016 has been a year of unforeseen events both politically and personally; so much so that it seems a lifetime ago that I visited Lotherton Hall… 120 more words


Much in Little...

or Multum in Parvo, is the motto of England’s smallest historic county*: Rutland.  The historic counties are those administrative areas created by the Normans (though they may represent earlier shires or kingdoms) and which remained in place for nine centuries.  523 more words



Note to self: after drinking three cups of coffee, take a toilet break before allowing the baby to fall asleep on top of you.


Far from Neglected (CH3)

The chapel showed no ill-effects of its long neglect

Evelyn WaughBrideshead Revisited

Castle Howard may have struck film and TV production companies as the perfect proxy for Brideshead, but in at least one respect they are very different.

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Battle of the Brillo Pads

The Battle of the Brillo Pads      659 words

8th Nov. 2016

I’d never been without a Brillo Pad underneath my kitchen sink. How do people manage without a Brillo Pad to rely on in times of burnt porridge spillages, crispy bacon fat splashes or cake mixture drippings? 641 more words


The Poetry of Everyday

Finding myself all around the making of a Spaghetti Bolognese, the kitchen a total full-life mess, I am reminded of a poem I wrote. And so, while the onions carmelize real deep and sweet and the oregano, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes and meat, wait with wine, I will share it with you, Dear Readers. 95 more words