RUSHBEARING

The ritual of removing old rushes from the soil on the ground of an ancient church was something cathartic to local people. This performance dates back several hundreds of years, before the installation of pews in church halls in Victorian  times. The field workers many years previously would sythe by hand the rushes at the […]

CANADA-NORTH AMERICA

Canada is located on the North American continent. Canada is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and the Hudson Bay to the north, the Labrador Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the United States to the west and south. Canada, second largest country in the world in […]

GERMAN CASTLES

To visit a German castle, is to step into a fairy tale setting, where castles sit atop high mountain peaks, their towers and turrets reaching to the sky. Germany is famous for its castles, with their pasts filled with knights, dukes and territorial defences. The castles, which boast a rich history, have been restored to […]

A TASTE OF CROATIA – SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia to the west, Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south; the country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea.Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant!) that is unlike any other […]

A TASTE OF BRUGES-BELGIUM

With beautiful squares surrounded by gingerbread houses and cobbled alleys running alongside pretty canals, Bruges is a city adored by lovebirds. They flock to the Belgian town for its picturesque parks, old world hotels and sentimental legends. The Minnemeer (Lake of Love), for instance, was named for the romance between Mina and her warrior sweetheart, […]

A TASTE OF THE LOIRE VALLEY – FRANCE

If it’s French splendour, style and gastronomy you seek, the Loire Valley will exceed your expectations, no matter how great. Poised on the crucial frontier between northern and southern France, and just a short train or autoroute ride from Paris, the region was once of immense strategic importance. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here […]

In Practice

Plenty of toot and trundling has been seen and heard along our leafy lanes this Summer. I have just heard a hoot and am looking forward to hearing more this afternoon as the traction engine rolls along main road, for the Goostrey Rose Queen Ceremony. So where did Rose Day stem from? Where has May […]

A TASTE OF DUBLIN, IRELAND

Welcome to Dublin, a city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as an Irish pub. Framed by mountains, centred on a river and edged by a beautiful bay, the city’s streets and alleys are filled with vibrant art and historic buildings, hip cafés and traditional “old man” pubs, as Dubliners call them. […]

A TASTE OF ABERYSTWYTH, Wales

This week’s travel post takes us to the lovely and idyllic town of Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth is an unusual town in many ways. It was created as a garrison town by an English king to control the native population, but was little more than a small market and fishing village, until English visitors began to come […]

A TASTE OF DORSET, DORCHESTER

This week’s travel post takes us to the lovely and idyllic Dorset. The county of Dorset is found in Southern England bordering the four counties of Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire. It’s known for the Jurassic Coast, a long stretch on the English Channel where the cliffs contain many fossils, and rock formations show millions […]