Pastimes

How to Renovate a Scottish Mansion.

How to Renovate a Scottish Mansion.

For me re-decorating the lounge is always a major undertaking; it’s not so much the effort of painting and wallpapering that fills me with dread, but all the disruption the cleaning, clearing and re-organising. It is fair to say that I always enjoy choosing a […]

Cider and Scandal in the Village of Brockweir

Cider and Scandal in the Village of Brockweir

The Medieval village of Brockweir is a pretty and charming place steeped in history and it is understandably popular with tourists, but beneath its sleepy village façade lays a history of debauchery, monastic brewing and redemption.  One Sunday afternoon I set off to discover the […]

Are you Sitting Comfortably?  Then Let’s Remember Radio and Television Classics from Childhood.

Are you Sitting Comfortably?  Then Let’s Remember Radio and Television Classics from Childhood.

The news that one of three original Humpty toys created for BBC children’s programme, Play School was sold at auction in Oxford for £6,250 got me thinking about television and radio classics from childhood. Generations grew up with Playschool as it ran for more than […]

Preserving Holiday Memories with Nostalgic Keepsakes

Preserving Holiday Memories with Nostalgic Keepsakes

It doesn’t matter whether you go to the Maldives or Morecambe Beach if you are in good company and enjoying a wonderful holiday it is only natural that you will want to preserve some of your holiday memories and whilst we live in a digital […]

Hunting for the Meaning of Bunting

Hunting for the Meaning of Bunting

The warm weather is often accompanied by the desire to host vintage style parties, BBQ’s and afternoon teas and of course there is one essential element in these proceedings: bunting. Nowadays no party or gathering is complete without some bunting and it is to be […]

The Enchanting World of Fairies

The Enchanting World of Fairies

Fairies are now considered the province of children’s tales, but as an adult when fairies are mentioned my imagination still soars. Indeed I cannot see a tree hollow without the fleeting hope of happening upon a fairy and I cannot visit mossy woodland without the […]

Ding Dong: Avon’s Calling

Ding Dong: Avon’s Calling

For many of us the ‘ding-dong’ of the doorbell signifies that the Avon lady has come to call with her samples of lotions, potions and perfumes. I remember the Avon Lady calling when I was young and then my Mum became the Avon Lady. When […]

Dressing for Afternoon Tea

Dressing for Afternoon Tea

If the age old ritual of taking afternoon tea still conjures up images of polite, white-gloved ladies engaging in polite chit-chat over cups of fragrant tea then you might want to reconsider your opinion, as afternoon tea has an altogether naughtier side. Indeed what started […]