Rhubarb has undergone a revival in recent years. If there is a 'fashion' in food then rhubarb, easily grown in the garden, is a la mode. I eat some, give some to the neighbours and freeze what's left.
Memoirs of a Nonagenarian. Chapter VII, WW2 Voyage Across the South Atlantic to 'A Safe But Lonely Island'
At the end of Chapter Six we left Doug standing on the docks at Cape Town, waiting to be transported to his posting as a Leading Telegraphist at an undisclosed location.
Butternut squash contains over 93 different nutrients. It makes a highly nutritious, slightly sweet soup. Serve with a chunk of good bread for a hearty lunch or as a starter to replace dessert.
In October 1943 my father disembarked at Durban at the end of an eight- week voyage in convoy from Scotland. He then embarked upon a journey that he could never in his wildest dreams have imagined
In 1953 the young Princess Elizabeth unexpectedly ascended to the English Throne, television entered more and more living rooms, and time honoured customs continued in family life.
Continuing the ghost-written story of my father's life. In 1939, when he was sixteen years old, Britain went to war against Germany. His voyage to Africa has been traced through the WS convoy records
'Tell me about the day I was born’. 'The day you were born?’ He is surprised. This is a departure from my usual encouragement to reminisce about the war years and a question I have never asked before.
By the age of 11 Douglas had experienced a lot of upheaval. His father had died, family fortunes had deteriorated, and he had almost died from pneumonia. More hardship was to come between 1934-1939.
At the end of Chapter 2 we left Doug in 1932, aged of nine, fatherless, and hovering between life and death on account of pneumonia, for which there was no treatment, antibiotics as yet unknown.
Chapter 1 ended when Doug was sent to live with an aunt and uncle for two years after the death of his father. The story resumes in the early nineteen thirties. Doug is back home in St. Marks Lane.
Life writing:extracts from a collection of memories about life as a child in a small English market town during the 1950s
Serialised Memoirs of a ninety-year old man who joined the Royal Navy in WW2 and became a telegraphist on a secret monitoring station situated on the world's most remote inhabited island
Visit the Benedictine Cathedral at Montserrat, set high on the Catalonia mountain after which it is named. There you will find the shrine dedicated to Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Black Virgin
This article describes a quick mess-free, stress- free, cost-effective way to renovate a kitchen that has started to look a little tired
Santander, West Coast Spain: Discover Beautiful Beaches, Tasty Tapas, History and Great National Parks
Avoid the hoards of tourists on the Spanish Costas and travel to Santander in the Province of Cantabria. Great beaches, great tapas, and a springboard for trips into the mountain villages.
Read about the controversy associated with the saucy seaside postcards that sold in millions from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Once cheap, a single copy can now fetch hundreds of pounds.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Newark-on-Trent, a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War of 1642-1651, home of the National Civil War Museum, and a delightful small market town to visit.
Venice is wonderful, but can be expensive. Here's how to visit reasonably economically.
Doddington Hall, tucked away in the Lincolnshire countryside, was completed in the year 1600 and it has never once been sold since then. Nowadays this family home offers much to delight visitors.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is the place where Queen Elizabeth II once loved to relax.Decommisioned in 1997, the yacht is now berthed in Edinburgh and has become a major tourist attraction.
Autumn is a great time to visit southern Spain. The intense heat of the summer months has cooled to the mid to high twenties, ideal for travelling around and sightseeing, and it's cheaper too.
Wonderful travel adventure. A flight to Pisa was the first leg of the trip for a stay in Tuscany. The road home took us from Italy to Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and a car ferry to Hull.
Grantham Gingerbread arose through a lucky mistake in 1740 by William Eggleston, a native of Newark on Trent, born into a family of bakers. He moved to Grantham, 13 miles distant, to open a bakery.
A few examples of the work of artists who make fabulous outdoor sculptures in various materials.
The old books that you have hidden away somewhere, forgotten and unloved, could be a source of cash as some, particularly old children's books, might be collectables. Here's how you should treat them.
In 2013 Harrogate was declared the third most romantic destination in the world, topping Paris, Rome and Vienna. Tread in the footsteps of European Royalty in this gem in the English Crown.
Does the play Antony and Cleopatra have a subtext that undermines James’s regime, offering a warning about the iniquity of state absolutism? If so, Shakespeare was treading dangerous ground.
According to Tudor orthodoxy an anointed king was God's deputy on earth and could only be removed from his powerful position by God himself. But did Shakespeare agree with this view of monarchy?
The components of a traditional English afternoon tea, including recipes for the Duchess of Devonshire's scones and raspberry jam.
Modern day concerns about theatre were addressed long ago by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream and in Hamlet.
Ben Jonson's eulogy of Shakespeare 'not of an age but for all time' is validated by the ways in which modern interpretations of themes in the plays draw on the realities of modern life .
Shakespeare's texts can be difficult to understand for audiences new to them. This article discusses accessible ways of understanding and enjoying the plays.