Category Archives: A-Z Blog Challenge 2013

A-Z Blog Challenge Z is for Zucchini (Courgettes)

Zucchini might be cheating a little as we tend to call them courgettes in the UK but it allows me to return to the idea that you don’t need to travel far for writing ideas. No further than your own … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge Y is for Yard

A yard has several meanings. It is an Imperial measurement (3 feet or 36 inches) a little shorter than a metre. For many people a yard was the word used at school for the playground or outdoor area and then … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 X is for Xylophone

Xylophones and drums are amongst the first musical instruments we encounter – usually purchased by friends and relatives rather than  parents as they are not renowned for their tunefulness when banged by eager youngsters. They do give that rhythm and … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 W is for Wind and Water Mills

Wind and water mills were an important part of every community. They ground the grain to produce the flour to make the daily bread. The miller became an important person within the community, too.  Brill windmill pictured here before its … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 V is for Village Signs

The custom of producing village signs is around a hundred years old and began in East Anglia around the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Edward VII encouraged the local people to design signs that reflected their identity and they were then … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 U is for Ushers Brewery

Ushers of Trowbridge were once a thriving brewery with many tied houses but as with so many names in the industry that is all that remains. These brewery plaques were one of the last designs used. Before this a more … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 T is for Tiles

Tiles, once found only on the floors and walls of the religious buildings or in the homes of the wealthy, became popular a couple of hundred years ago once they could be mass-produced.  Builders of housing added decorative features such … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenege 2013 S is for Statues

A search round any town or city is sure to come up with a statue or two. From Royalty to politicians, explorers to sportsmen and women public recognition in this form has proved a popular choice.  Churchill is one of … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 R is for Re-enactments

Many of our historic buildings have guides who dress up in costume to represent a key part of the building’s history offering an insight into daily life of the time. There are also groups of people whose hobby is to … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 Q is for Queen Victoria Jubilee Plaques

I have been collecting photos and writing about these plaques for a while now. They were produced by the enterprising company, Stanley Bros, to be placed on buildings being built in Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year in 1897. In fact they … Continue reading

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