Category Archives: UK Events

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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Days, weeks, months, years

With Easter so early this year the shops are struggling to keep up with changing their seasonal displays from Valentine’s Day to Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day if you must) to Easter. These shots taken in Oxford Market on Monday show … Continue reading

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Valentines and Names

Valentine’s Day, the day when traditionally birds were supposed to pair up, anonymous cards are sent and, according to an email I received earlier this week, gardens and estates in Devon and Cornwall count species in flower to see how … 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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Unseasonable Happenings and Writing

It is hard to believe it is winter at present. In Wales at New Year I saw daffodils herald the New Year rather than St David’s Day and these photos taken in the garden today show spring and even early … Continue reading

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Preparing for Christmas -2016

I wonder how often your hobbies and interests actually throw up research for your stories and articles. I enjoy entering consumer competitions. Many of these are now run through blogs or on Facebook or Twitter. To help select the winner(s) … 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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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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Alice’s Day July 4th 2015

This may be America Independence Day but for those visiting Oxford UK today the focus was on a story told to a child in the city over 150 years ago. Her name was Alice Liddell and the story has become … Continue reading

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