Author Archives: Ann Williams

Costa Prize Winner

One of several books I got to review last year, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, has won the Costa First Novel Award and justly so I feel. It was a book I was unable to put down … Continue reading

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What’s New?

A new year, a new start and a new computer. So Happy New Year. Shortly after the last entry on this blog computer problems began and within a couple of weeks things were clearly terminal. I battled on using a … Continue reading

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Collections

Lots of National Trust properties have collections of some sort , usually within the building, but Upton House has a National Plant Collection of Asters and they make a visit at this time of year extra special. The garden itself … Continue reading

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Picking up the detail

Visiting several National Trust properties recently it was clear things differ significantly today compared to twenty years ago. Then people walked through rooms following a guidebook purchased on arrival, kept away from the objects of interest by heavy red ropes … Continue reading

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Slow Sloes

Driving around the countryside the hedgerows are well laden this year it seems. In the past I have recorded estimates of how good a harvest is for a a list of species such as hawthorn, oak, blackberry and so on … Continue reading

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Preserving Memories

Enlisted the help of some younger family members to gather blackberries at the weekend. I had gathered a trayful of fallen apples and thought blackberry and apple jelly would be a great recipe to use them up. Having convinced the … Continue reading

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To boil or simmer?

The latest issue of Best of British magazine carries an article I wrote after years of collecting snippets of information and photographs on a topic. It is about the drinking troughs provided for horses in towns and cities from the … Continue reading

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Write Your Story – Now

A few months ago when our speaker cried off at the last minute I was persuaded to give a talk about the articles I write. It went down quite well given the little time I had for preparation and at … Continue reading

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Chocolate treats

Some of the earliest articles I had published were about entering consumer competitions. Some were advice pieces whilst others were about specific wins or types of prize. A number of these prizes have been for “a year of…” a product … Continue reading

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Grave Markers from The Great War

World War One Grave Markers Watching a local news report on soldiers from a local village who lost their lives at Passchendaele which included scenes from inside the church I spotted several Grave Markers from the Great War. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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