Category Archives: Heritage

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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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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Never go back

They say you should never go back to places you have loved. Meeting up with old friends recently this was a subject we discussed at length and we agreed that childhood memories often proved very different to reality when places … Continue reading

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Well Dressing

The custom of well dressing in the Derbyshire Peak District is one I have long wanted to see for myself. A short break based in Chesterfield, of Church with Crooked Spire fame, has finally made that possible. Well dressings take … Continue reading

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Signs of our Past

A recent visit to Wales included a short walk round the centre of Bridgend. Although my aim was to photograph some tiling and the war memorial for work in progress I took the chance to take some shots of the … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes…

How often even a well-planned outing takes an unexpected twist or offers an opportunity to do or see something that was not included in the itinerary. Being prepared to grab opportunities as they arise can be very rewarding, not least … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day already and a sunny but chill day with a strong wind. I wasn’t in Oxford to hear the choir sing in May Day at 6 am but I did get to see the village celebration. Both the garland … Continue reading

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Thankful Villages

One of the most fascinating topics I have researched over time has been the so called Thankful Villages, communities where all those who went off to the Great War returned safely albeit mentally and/or physically scarred. I have an article … Continue reading

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