If you've had enough of big tourist attractions, there are plenty of quieter, yet fascinating and different places to visit in London.
Prepare for a visit, actual or virtual, to the Fan Bay Deep Shelter wartime tunnels by learning its history, location, background, and surroundings.
An all-encompassing list of 101 (plus a few) books set in France, to read if you're planning a holiday, remembering one, or just because you want to. All tastes provided for!
Placebos and the placebo effect explained in simple terms, and their implications in medicine today.
Le Havre is a major port, so most people rush through without looking around, but the town has more to offer than ferries. Take some time to see why Le Havre is being carefully preserved.
Visiting Monaco, that small stretch of Mediterranean coastline, can be a whirlwind, but if you bear these tips in mind when planning a visit, you can make better use of your trip.
Use postcards to bring an atlas to life, while storing and showing off your cards, and also expanding your knowledge of world geography.
A fan-fold or concertina-fold album is easy to make and displays postcards very attractively.
An inexpensive yet effective way to show off your postcards (or photos or pictures) and a cool project for children.
Collecting postcards is well known, but exchanging them seems more unusual. There are several ways to find people interested in postcard exchange.
No doubt many of you use Picasa to store and organise your photos, but have you tried the "experimental" search facility?
How to provide a burst of spring colour in a container garden.
What links a scandal in Victorian England, the story of a boy who knows nothing of a world beyond the room where he was born, and a collection of stories about people on the move?
The White Cliffs are world famous and can be seen far out to sea, even from France. The communities at the foot of the White Cliffs have stories of their own.
Having a good amount of fibre in your diet is known to have great health benefits. It's easy to achieve when you know how.
Travel the world by reading books. These are some of the novels which have taken my imagination around the world. Have you any to add?
A few ideas on how to encourage your child or grandchild to be interested in the world around them and so foster an interest in science.
Chestnuts are coming back into favour because of their great nutritional value. Here are some interesting facts about chestnut trees, sweet chestnuts, and how best to use them.
Books can open up a whole new world to the reader. The two I review here will show you the culture and traditions of Kashmir, through one novel and one non-fiction account.
Bourton on the Water is a peaceful and typical Cotswold village - apart from once a year when things go crazy.
Find out more about the unusual event known as bog snorkelling, where, when and how.
The typically English village, what is it? There are many different styles depending on the part of England you are visiting - this is one of them.
A peaceful oasis, a gardener's delight, at the heart of an ancient town: the Secret Gardens in Sandwich
The sport of archery, its history, and how it has left its mark on the modern world.
Toussaint is All Saints' Day in France and has customs and traditions of its own.
If you collect vintage postcards, you may like to know roughly how old the card is. It isn't always easy to establish its age. Most cards have some clues you can follow.
Some ideas on how to source images for creating postcards to sell online
If you have ever wondered what to do with a glut of apples, these ideas may help you.
Visiting Norfolk? International snail racing comes to a head each summer. Didn't you know?
If you love gardens and visit the Loire Valley when you are in France, do make an effort to see these gardens too.
Books set in France, with a very French atmosphere.
A choice of books I'd recommend and be happy to read myself in a summer holiday.
A shingle (pebbled) beach, somewhere to play, somewhere to learn, and a great sea defence.
Five herbs that are both useful and easy to grow for beginners, how to grow them and use them.
What is well dressing, where and when can I see some? What does it mean and what is its history?
You first thoughts of Monaco are probably not about art but maybe that is doing a disservice to the principality.
Bourges, at the eastern end of the Loire valley, is mainly visited because of its World Heritage Site, the Cathédrale de St Etienne but there is very much more to see there.
La Fête Nationale, Quatorze Juillet, or Bastille Day. Find out what happened, why it is when it is 14 July, and of course what it is.
Some more unusual recipes for tea based drinks
If you've never tried couscous, you will find these tried and tested couscous salads simple and tasty. Even if you have tried it before, they are still simple and tasty!
If you are thinking of outside lighting, the choice can be bewildering. This is how I narrowed the choices down.
My choice of books that continue the great tradition of ghost stories.
Inexpensive and simple ideas for kids' room décor. Make your visiting children welcome with their own special room which can easily change back to an adult's room.
Have you got SOLE? The Self Organised Learning Environment, the grandmother effect and a School in the Clouds: how they all add up to let children learn
The Abbey Church of St Savin sur Gartempe in central France is very special but you wouldn't know if you just drove past. This article will tell you why you should stop and look.
When your collection of postcards (or photos) reaches a certain size you need to think about how to store, protect, and display safely and creatively.
How to start a postcard collection and how to keep it growing, what to collect and where to find it.