Two concerts and a sculpture garden

Two concerts and a sculpture garden

The first live concert for months! Snake Davis, virtuoso sax and flute player, with Helen Watson, superb vocalist. Not the Ropewalk this time but an unusual venue: the land behind Wootton village hall. Heavy rain held off until the last couple of numbers were due. The...
How far to Forfar?

How far to Forfar?

Quite far, is the answer. But worth the journey. The Three Witches take pride of place – they, along with six other sculptures on a Macbeth theme, are to be found in the woods next to Glamis Castle. Not merely woods but a Pinetum with, we are told, the tallest...
Westward Ho

Westward Ho

There are enough pictures of pretty bays and beaches but you can never have too many gardens. So here is Diffryn Fernant, near Fishguard. Go see it, says Monty Don, so we did and he’s right. It ranges from the cottage and kitchen garden areas near the house...
A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A throw of the dice, metaphorically, was what brought us to Earl Sterndale, deep in the Peak District. A few days with friends, what could be nicer? The dice were part of exhibits in the museum room at Haddon Hall – found behind the panelling in 1909. Haddon is...
Winter Break

Winter Break

Off to somewhere warm and exotic? No, not at all.  Lovely North Wales and Conwy in particular. A castle, a walled town and views over the water from the chaise long in the bedroom while sipping a glass of something…  And only four hours away.  We couldn’t...
Southern Comfort: Bristol, Brighton and beyond

Southern Comfort: Bristol, Brighton and beyond

Our sweep across the Southern Counties took in Bristol, Southampton, Brighton, Overton and Staines. From Southampton we visited the New Forest (not new and mainly not forest but heathland) and Beaulieu, where donkeys guard the entrance to the pub/hotel: What kind of...

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