*134* Hughenden Manor

Today was a gorgeous day. Yesterday was not… but we had decided on a day out at a National Trust property and a little weather warning wasn’t going to deter us… Hughenden Manor, was from 1848 to 188, the house of Benjamin D’Israeli, who was twice Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria. During […]

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*132* the moon and the library

That sounds like the title of a book, doesn’t it? It isn’t, it’s only a telegraphic account of my Saturday adventures when together with my parents, I visited Gloucester Cathedral – always a pleasure btw – such an incredible building… I was really curious to see the moon installation right in the middle of the […]

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*113* postcards from Japan, Hiroshima

We’re back. I decided to leave the computer in the suitcase in the end and simply enjoy the time away. Good choice on my part. It’s been an amazing trip and I’ll never forget it. Also, I’d like to go back! So, let’s see where was I?… Hiroshima. Yes. Wow. What can be said of […]

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*104* postcards from Greece, Nestor’s Palace

Day 4 We were offered the use of a free rental car for the afternoon but none of my travelling companions wanted to leave the resort for an adventure so I went on my own… (I get totally restless after a few days of no activity… I’m not good at the ‘lizard in the sun’ […]

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*49* day out – Chastleton House

For the first time in ages, and I mean… months, yesterday we had a free Saturday; no sport commitment, no school events, no family duties. Nothing. And the sun was shining. I promised you it felt like we were on holiday! ‘The big boys’ were on a hockey tournament miles and miles away, Mr took […]

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*39* music Friday

International Women’s day. March 8th. Its story is fascinating, and I suggest you read it here. The UN began celebrating the International Day in 1975, which was designated International Women’s Year. Over the decades it has morphed from recognizing the achievements of women to becoming a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation, […]

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*12* local history

Florence Earangey (nee How), lived at No 3 Wellington Square from 1899 to 1911. She was very active in the women Suffrage movement together with her husband, William George Earangey a local solicitor. Florence was supportive of any movement who would push forward the issue of women’s vote but when in 1907 her sister, Edith […]

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– 2018/128 – postcards from Paris

This morning we left history and art and turned our attention to science instead, mainly to appease the ‘tween’ who has ‘no interest in paintings’.  At all. Science museum then. We decided to hop in a taxi to travel overground rather than underground in the metro… it was interesting to realise how big Paris actually […]

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– 2018/126 – postcards from Paris

Paris by train… isn’t it great to be able to do this? So quick too.  And one arrives right in the centre of the city… fabulous. This is the view from the flat we’re staying   in this week (on the left bank, near St Germain des Pres): … it’s a pretty bonkers place, the […]

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– 2018/94 – an afternoon with the Stones…

Believe it or not, Mr M had never seen Stonehenge before Sunday despite living all his life less than two hours away… that had to be remedied. The boys were busy (and had already been anyway) so we had an impromptu date and drove through the glorious sunny British countryside, yellow fields, not a cloud […]

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