History was my favourite lesson at school and the Tudors have always been my favourite part of British history. Henry VIII and his six wives are popular with authors and there's a whole publishing industry around that period of British history. Here's a few of my favourites and are well worth a read: Hilary Mantel's … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Novels With a Tudor Theme
The atmosphere in our bit of suburban West London is strange. There's a sense of waiting and I don't just mean the lengthy queues every morning outside the local branches of Superdrug and Boots. Right now, life feels ominous but semi-normal. Certain shelves in the local supermarket are empty. Dried pasta, toilet rolls and any … Continue reading Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: Family saga at its best. I whipped through this over several evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll mention this book again when my post about family sagas goes live soon and it's a contender for the my best reads of 2020 list already. The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott: … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading January 2020
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There's something special about Disraeli's house, Hughenden. It's where we find ourselves when we need to hit our reset buttons.
I did very little reading throughout the month, but what I did read was written by Diana Gabaldon. So, in a different type of reading round-up, here's what's currently in my 'waiting to be read' pile (all were Christmas gifts): Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: Family saga at its best. The Family Upstairs … Continue reading For The Love of Books | Currently Reading December 2019
Three more spreads have been added to the One Little Word traveler's notebook: The Ceremony of the Keys: The Festival of Remembrance: And, last but not least, Tilly's family reunion: There's just one double page left - perfect for Christmas and wrapping up a year of thriving.
It's all very well visiting the towns and beaches from the Normandy campaign, but I also felt that our visit wouldn't have been complete if we hadn't paid our respects to Britain's war dead. The cemeteries offer an opportunity to pause, reflect and remember. Bayeux War Cemetery Cpl Sidney Bates, VC, lies in Bayeux War … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Bayeux and Ranville War Cemeteries
Pegasus Bridge, originally called Bénouville Bridge, is a crossing over the Caen Canal just outside of Caen in Normandy. In the early hours of D-Day the bridge was, along with the nearby Ranville Bridge over the Orne River, the objective of members of D Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, a glider-borne force. … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Pegasus Bridge
The town of Arromanches-les-Bains was chosen by the Operation Overlord planners as the site for one of the two Mulberries, the artificial ports planted offshore to handle the movement of men and supplies before established ports could be captured. The remains of what was called Mulberry B are still clearly visible on the beach. For … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Arromanches