A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, has been on our list of National Trust properties to visit for quite a while. The current system of pre-booking and limited numbers meant that now was as good as any other time to visit. The Churchill family found the upkeep of such a large estate very … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

Life in Lockdown | Turning Negatives into Positives

I've noticed that I've been feeling more 'down' of late, and even though I know it's okay to feel all the feelings, I'd much rather focus on the positives. Travel: Comfortless Cove, Ascension Island The negative: All our travel plans for this year have been postponed or cancelled. The positive: There is still an outside … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Turning Negatives into Positives

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt 2020 | Link-up #1

Today is the first link-up of this year's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt and is hosted by Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards blog. I haven't found many of the items so far, but I have enough to share with you. 3) Something with the colours of your country's flag - Union flag bunting hanging across the curtain … Continue reading Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt 2020 | Link-up #1

A Socially-Distanced Return to Hughenden

You may recall reading that Hughenden is a favourite local-ish National Trust property for us, and we were delighted when its reopening was announced. So delighted that we were on their website at 06.30 on the morning that visitor slots were released in order to secure a time that suited us. We chose the perfect … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Return to Hughenden

The 100 Day Project | One Month In

Staying at home has had its advantages. During the first month of this year's 100 Day Project, I've worked steadily and enthusiastically on bringing all my stories and photos of my RAF days into one place. By Day 3 however, it was obvious that I was going to have to change tack. Project Life pocket-pages … Continue reading The 100 Day Project | One Month In

Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 1

We are currently living through something that future generations will learn about in their school History lessons. As a memory keeper, I felt it was important to create a record of my own family's experience. I'm mostly using pocket pages in 6x8, with cards for the journaling from my favourite In a Creative Bubble. I'm … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 1

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 13 and 14

Week 13: The week the UK went into lockdown and homeschooling began. Week 14: We stayed home. We initiated the Snakes and Ladders Lockdown Championships. I spent a lot of time in the garden - weeding was the biggest job. (Did you spot my wee helper?) We watched the superb Military Wives via Amazon Prime. … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 13 and 14

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2020

This month has been all about Thomas Cromwell. Hilary Mantel's long-awaited novel, The Mirror and the Light, was released at the beginning of the month, which meant that in order to be up to speed with the story, I re-read Wolf Hall (last read in 2009) and Bring up the Bodies (last read in 2012) … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2020

For the Love of Books | Novels With a Tudor Theme

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