The Hilliard Show

Nicholas Hilliard was an English goldsmith and limner (miniaturist), best known for his portrait miniatures of members of the courts of Queen Elizabeth I and James I of England.  He lived in the West Country so when a society of miniaturists was formed in Wells, Somerset, it was decided to adapt one of his most […]

Getting my Leg Over

We went to The Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage show yesterday, hosted by Sir William and Lady McAlpine. It was held on their estate and was quite spectacular. I’ve never seen so many steam engines in one place ever before. There were even TWO carousels, giving rides to anyone daring to climb up on the […]

My Left Foot

On Friday evening Debbie and Paul invited my young friend and I to The Mill at Sonning to see a wonderful production of ‘Enchanted April’. It’s about four women who rent a villa in Italy just after World War One to escape humdrum lives and crumbling marriages. I was particularly impressed by the sets and […]

The Good Gardener

Casting a professional and caring eye over the garden of Greys Court in Henley is this charming carving in ash of Charles Taylor, who was the gardener there from 1937 to 1955. It’s always such a pleasure to walk around these gardens and as Greys Court is now open all the year round the visitor […]