The unmistakable chords of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor provided an atmospheric backdrop to my first visit to Notre Dame. That was many years ago now, and I still don’t know how we managed to time our visit … Continue reading What a Magnificent Organ!
When I was small, I was sometimes taken to visit my grandparents’ cousins’ farm at Swan Bottom in Buckinghamshire. On the way I always looked out for the figurehead of Admiral Lord Howe at The Lee. An incongruous place for … Continue reading Figureheads
You could say that we had a whale of a time when we returned to Hull for a weekend in June. Which would give us something in common with Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. Hull is a great … Continue reading Back to Hull
“Look! It’s just like Kazakhstan!” This is probably not the most common reaction to the sight of the statue of Liverpool’s most famous foursome at the Pierhead. The woman I was addressing certainly looked a bit startled. (I thought the … Continue reading Back in the USSR?
As lockdown gradually lifts, opportunities for Covd-secure travel begin to open. Open being the operative word here. Whilst indoor attractions will be a few weeks yet, exploring outdoors in the fresh air provides an antidote to cabin fever. North Wales … Continue reading Travels in the Time of Covid Part 5: Castles in Wales
First: Merry Christmas! Or, at least, as merry a Christmas as circumstances will allow. Our thoughts go, in particular, to everyone who’s alone and doesn’t want to be, and/or those who have lost loved ones and friends in 2020. The hamper pictured above is courtesy of Orchard View Farm – one of many local food […] World go local Continue reading World go local
I didn’t think anything of it the first time it happened. I had just arrived in Plakias, on the southern coast of Crete, and was sitting outside a café, waiting for some much-needed refreshment.Then it happened again. There was an … Continue reading Easter in Crete
The weather was uninvitingly cold and foggy (smoggy) as we set out on foot in the direction of Tiananmen Square. As we reached the square, I noticed a Railway Museum across the road, and we decided to investigate. The museum … Continue reading Christmas Day in Beijing
There’s a great opportunity for young people to gain artistic inspiration, and learn more about how to protect local wildlife and the landscape, at a free event in High Wycombe next month. The Big Draw at Kingsmead Recreation Ground will offer valuable advice on textile design, with objects from nature providing the inspiration for you […] Natural creativity — Slow Travel: The Chilterns and Thames Valley Continue reading Natural creativity — Slow Travel: The Chilterns and Thames Valley