A Puzzling Hobby

One of my favourite past times as a child, after reading, was working on a jigsaw. I remember two in particular, probably because both of them were round and they fed my love of history - Henry VIII and his six wives, and the naval battles of Admiral Nelson. I rediscovered my jigsaw love when … Continue reading A Puzzling Hobby

Blog Review | 2018

Happy New Year to you and yours!Throughout 2018, one thing was crystal clear, I absolutely write for me, and for me alone.  That you, a reader, may have found something of interest is always a bonus.  (I have a post about my thoughts on 10 years of blogging going live later this week.)  Becoming more … Continue reading Blog Review | 2018

Snowshill Manor

Two miles from beautiful Broadway lies Snowshill Manor.  We visited recently (at our third attempt) and met up with my God Daughter and her family.I've only ever heard good things about Snowshill and it didn't disappoint.   It's a sixteenth century country house, best known for its twentieth century owner, Charles Paget Wade, an eccentric man who … Continue reading Snowshill Manor

Stowe Parkland and Gardens

Stowe is home to an astonishing 250 acres of gardens and 750 acres of parkland.  That's what you call gardening on the grandest scale.  The mansion is now home to Stowe School which, thanks to the Stowe House Preservation Trust, is still open to the public. The last family to reside in the house had extravagant tastes … Continue reading Stowe Parkland and Gardens

Month in Numbers | October 2018

October has been and gone in a blur of crisp and clear days, sunshine and chilly evenings.  Let's see how the numbers look:15 pieces of Happy Mail sent. One black eye (and a whole host of other bumps and bruises). 330 lengths in the pool at the gym. £8.80 won on the Euros ... not … Continue reading Month in Numbers | October 2018

1940s Weekend at Hughenden Manor

In mid-September, we made a return visit to Hughenden Manor for their 1940s Weekend.  We'd gone there for two reasons: 1) we like it there and 2) dogs are welcome.  But as luck would have it, Hughenden was hosting a 1940s Weekend. There were loads of people in vintage clothing - a lady who looked … Continue reading 1940s Weekend at Hughenden Manor