Category Archives: Nostalgia

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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Jane Austen exhibition

A while since I visited Oxford but recently had the opportunity so popped into the Weston Library of the Bodleian to take in the Jane Austen exhibition, Which Jane Austen. It is a real treat for lovers of her novels, … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees

I much prefer a real Christmas tree and last year bought a pot-grown one which has done well throughout the year, with new buds appearing at the tips of most branches. Will bring it in nearer to Christmas as do … Continue reading

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Board Games

Yesterday I was able to visit the small exhibition of board games on display at the Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Since this new extension opened there have been many small exhibitions, including one to celebrate … Continue reading

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Diaries and Journals

How often in a crime drama or novel the detective seeks out the diary of the victim and from it deduces all sorts of information. Like many people I do keep a diary but the only clues to future readers … Continue reading

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Charity Shop Book Finds

Recent donations of books to charity shops are an attempt to cull the shelves, not so much to declutter as to find shelf space for a growing collection of reference books sourced from these very stores. With more than a … Continue reading

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Exploring Heritage in Oxford

Whether writing fact or fiction writers are always looking for new angles and viewpoints to explore. This weekend all over England there are Heritage Open Days allowing public access to places not generally open or free entry to paying attractions. … Continue reading

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Nostalgia writing and images

It’s easy to forget in these days of digital images just how few photographs people actually took in the past. I sent a Christmas anecdote to a magazine and was contacted for photographs to accompany the piece. At the time … Continue reading

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