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We All Want to Live in a Castle!

Or at least go to school in one! Don’t we? The castle at Sille-le-Guillaume, just a half-hour on the train from Le Mans in North West France, was used as the town’s school right up to 1971. A purpose built … Continue reading

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The Bones of Times Past

In the region of Northwestern France where I live with my family there are any number of ancient houses, some with roofs rotted and gone, others eyeless where their windows are smashed and empty. They litter the countryside, piles of … Continue reading

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New Year’s Greetings

If you are reading this it means you have made it through a rather extraordinary year that we will probably not see the like of again. We are a resilient species, having survived multiple scourges including fire breathing dragons, insatiable … Continue reading

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14th-Century Mushroom Pasties

Originally posted on A Dollop of History:
During the medieval era it was common to forage for edible mushrooms, though there is a surprising lack of actual mushroom recipes in surviving manuscripts. Perhaps this is due to upper-class households turning…

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We’ve come a long way…

And there’s still a way to go before the forever home is finished. In fact, we could be tinkering away for years if we wanted to. We have been planning the work for some time and are well aware that … Continue reading

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Changes…

It was just over a month ago that we were standing on the top of the Tor in Glastonbury desperate for shelter from the icy blast of the wind as it cut its way across the levels. The concrete steps … Continue reading

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Snow on the Tor…

There’s nothing better on a Sunday afternoon, after a roast lunch, than a healthy walk in the countryside. I had spent the morning editing my novel and tidying my tax returns so the thought of stamping my feet on the … Continue reading

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Last Night I Saw A Ghost…

I really did. I saw a ghost. Someone was crossing the A303 in the dark without a torch, but at least they were dressed all in white so they showed up in the headlights of the van I was driving. … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Burrow Mump at Full Moon

It was less cold this morning. The sun’s glory was modest behind a sheet of grey cloud, allowing the old moon centre stage in the morning blue, on the other side of the sky…

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Pilgrimage to Burrow Mump at Sunrise

The air temperature was four below freezing, and the flooded Somerset levels were bright with ice. The sun broke over the distant Mendip hills. My un-gloved hands burned in the frozen air, and for a moment it seemed, only the … Continue reading

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