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Rebuilding the Porch

I’ve been having trouble with my wooden porch for ages. A few years ago I had a major problem with a leaking roof and the builder pointed out then a load of other problems with it – he was basically angling to get me to agree to have the whole thing rebuilt. I couldn’t afford that at […]

Rancid butter and lumpy milk

My fridge has decided to make the most of the recent hot weather by stopping working, or working at best intermittently. Bottles of milk have been barely lasting overnight before going off, and my butter dish has resembled an oil slick. I think it’s the door seal that has failed – the compressor still seems […]

Border Castles

I decided to make a long weekend out of the trip to Caerleon, staying overnight in a small hotel in a village a few miles away. It’s not a long journey from Malvern – well under two hours, but even so that’s longer than I like to drive in one go. So I broke the […]

Roman Army Study Day at Caerleon

It’s been a while since I’ve been on an archaeological study day with Andante, so it was clearly time to expand my archaeological horizons further. This weekend, I opted to learn more about the Roman army, on a Study Day at the Legionary Headquarters at Caerleon, a few miles outside Newport in South Wales. Twenty […]

An afternoon at Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle is the local stately home on the Herefordshire side of the hills (Madresfield Court is the equivalent on the Malvern side), and I live not far from the back gate of the Eastnor Estate – close enough to get annoyed by the loud music from the regular festivals they hold in the Deer […]

Like Painting the Forth Bridge

It’s that time of the year again when Rob my trusty decorator is here for his annual week as Artist in Residence. It really is a never-ending task to keep the external woodwork in a reasonable condition – each year he does a section of the exterior windows / soffits / eaves and by the […]

Strictly Murder

My sister very kindly renewed my Malvern Theatres membership for my birthday last month, so yesterday I took myself off to the matinee of this week’s production, Strictly Murder. It’s a thriller, set in rural France in the immediate run- up to the outbreak of WWII. Peter and Suzy are a British couple, living in […]

Staying firmly off the road this weekend

It’s Three Counties Show time here in Malvern, when around 100,000 people descend on the showground to look at tractors, cows and sheep. I used to quite enjoy the show when I was a girl growing up in Worcester – but mostly because we were given a day’s holiday from school every other year so […]

Back at the pottery again

I was back at Eastnor Pottery again at the weekend, finishing off the shallow bowls that I threw a few months ago. Jon the Potter had wrapped them up in plastic, so although they were a bit mouldy (which soon scrapes or sponges off) they were still in a leather-hard state and good for turning. It’s quite […]

Watching the BA Meltdown

After another overnight ferry from Orkney to Aberdeen, a small group of us were transferred from the dock to Aberdeen airport to catch our flights home – I was booked onto an early afternoon Flybe flight to Birmingham. This was the Saturday that BA had its IT meltdown, and it was really interesting to watch […]