Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas & Birthday Quiz

Happy Christmas! It’s also two years since I started writing this blog, and I seem to have settled into a comfortable pattern of posting early on Saturday mornings. Some readers have obviously got used to that because I’ve had emails, … Continue reading

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The Golden Bough

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mistletoe would it? So this is the first of a couple of posts about this  mystical  plant and the traditions surrounding it which are, according to Richard Mabey, ” amongst Northern Europe’s last surviving remnants … Continue reading

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Seaton Delaval: “The Geordie Versailles”

This summer I was mesmerised by a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall,   Vanbrugh’s  late masterpiece, just north of  Newcastle. Although I’d seen photos of the house  I suppose I was  expecting a grand approach maybe down a long avenue of trees … Continue reading

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The colour of carrots

Monty Don has done it again. I write a post about scything and lawns and he demonstrates how to do it on The Secret History of the British Garden, then I began writing a post on Eleanor Coade and before I had time … Continue reading

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