This week… chimney tops, ration books and guardian angels

  • This week… chimney tops, ration books and guardian angels
    Every September heritage houses, museums and other buildings throw open their doors to the public. Entry and tours are free despite the work of many of these organisations being independently funded, so a donation is welcome. The nationwide Heritage Open Days festival closes today and I took the opportunity take a peek behind the scenes over the nine-day event in Winchester. Here’s what I discovered.
  • Exploring Britain: Cowdray Heritage Ruins
    The history of one of the most important early Tudor houses in the UK is threaded through a Civil War, Henry VIII’s Reformation, and a devastating fire which all but destroyed the beautiful Cowdray House in 1793. This week I joined a tour around the ruins and ventured up the 70-odd spiral steps of the Kitchen Tower, the only part of the building still intact. …
  • This week… boats, barnacles and beachcombing
    As long as I can remember The Great British Seaside has been a staple in my travel life. Despite lounging on many wonderful beaches in Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Turkey and elsewhere, there’s nowhere quite like home for being beside the sea. The English coast is often symbolised by fish’n’chips and buckets and spades but there’s so much more with wide open sandy beaches to …
  • This week… Monaco, Muddler’s and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    We’re apparently now in a third wave pandemic in the UK but having made a bid for total freedom in recent weeks, it feels as though folks are determined to hold on to the promises of summer. This week I enjoyed a first pub lunch in more than a year (I never thought I’d write that sentence), a second hair cut and a coffee out, …
  • Gustave Moreau: The Fables at Waddesdon Manor
    A new exhibition opens today at Waddesdon Manor featuring 35 exotic watercolours seen in public for the first time in over one hundred years. The works were created by Gustave Moreau, one of the most influential artists of the French Symbolist movement, between 1879 and 1885.
  • This week… summer in the cities
    This week I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to write about, I simply don’t feel the love. It’s June already and in the UK the summer passes so quickly. I mean to make the most of each and every day. So here, I’m taking time out to simply appreciate the beauty I’ve been enjoying close to home while we wait for …
  • Insider: Where to go in London?
    A new travel web site offers insider tips on where to go and eat, and what to see in the capital city. This month I interviewed celebrity and royal florist, Simon Lycett, who has lived in London since he moved there in his 20’s from his home town of Warwick with the aim of acquiring some “sophisticated London ways”.
  • This week… rabbits, rugged coastlines and caravans
    Are you ready to dip a toe into the wider world? As I sit at my laptop writing this post, for the first time in the long, wet month of May the sun is shining in a clear blue sky and the birds are singing with gusto. With the French doors open wide, the light is bright and the day is full of hope. It’s …

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