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Round and Round an Oast House


Traveling through Sussex last week, I was struck by all the very pretty oast houses we saw.  You can spot an oast house by its distinctive conical roof.  Oast houses were used for drying hops which you needed to brew beer and ale.  The conical roofs had a couple of […]

The New Terrariums


Interested in creating a terrarium for your home?  Terrariums are simply a fancy word for little gardens enclosed in a glass case. They were popular with the Victorians and are now in vogue again.  Presumably urban minimalists with limited outdoor space and/or crafting enthusiasm need a (small) outlet for their […]

A Little Something Red

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I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day which always seems so commercial and forced.  When I was living in Japan, I learned about “White Day” which is even more commercial and forced having been invented in 1978 by a Japanese confectionary company.  The distinction is very simple — on […]

The Wanderlust Travel Photo Contest

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I’ve been stricken with wanderlust for as long as I can remember.  To help with the wanderlust (the condition), I am a big fan of Wanderlust (the magazine), an independent publication with a mix of interesting articles and insights for curious travellers. Billed as the biggest and best travel competition […]

The Original Conspicuous Consumers


In honour of the 300th anniversary of the first King George  acceding to the British throne, the British Library is currently showing an exhibition entitled The Georgians Revealed, Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain. A fascinating exhibit which draws many parallels between Georgian times and the current day, […]


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