I have always had a yearning to travel back in time….
Category Archives: HISTORY
The art of Confession. Read all about it – Exclusive! Did you make the bed?
We live in the times of the Confessional. Privacy is not exclusive. Well it sort of IS actually…. You can read these ‘exclusive’ stories every day in the newspapers. It’s amazing how quickly privacy flies out of the window when the price is right… The act of confessing is supposed to be between God and theContinue reading “The art of Confession. Read all about it – Exclusive! Did you make the bed?”
Legacies; Goodbye Helen Frankenhaler
On 27th December 2011, the death of New York Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenhaler was announced. The artist was 83 years old (b 1928 Manhattan USA) died at her home in Darien Conn. Frankenhaler, influenced by Pollock poured thinned oil paint which was diluted with turpentine directly onto canvas to achieve lyrical use of colour (her ‘soakContinue reading “Legacies; Goodbye Helen Frankenhaler”
Pre Raphaelite Delights that last longer than 15 minutes with Lashings of Ginger Beer,
It’s been ages since I last posted (the longest yet) but I hope to make amends today by writing a longer post – a kind of round-up of posts I should have written. The 11th August was popular children’s writer Enid Blyton’s birthday (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968). Here’s a a link to another postContinue reading “Pre Raphaelite Delights that last longer than 15 minutes with Lashings of Ginger Beer,”
Stone Hats and a Shoe Tree
A tree displaying shoes in Nevada gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘shoe tree’ (a device for preserving the shape of the shoe). These instruments are also made from wood – but there the similarity ends. What intrigues me about all these shoes is how they have managed to display them all, securing them into what looksContinue reading “Stone Hats and a Shoe Tree”
The Wonderful Myth
I’ve just come across this video about the ever popular Pre-Raphaelite painters. Some of the artists, I am not familiar with – Edward Roberts Hughes and Charles Lock Eastlake are two of them. But the video is just the thing to transport the spirit into another age (Victorian)- then into yet another age (the ancient worldContinue reading “The Wonderful Myth”
Past Pleasures rediscovered
a much loved book I came across my old copy of ‘A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ the other day. I was supposed to be sorting through some things, but as usual, when it comes to having a clear out, I always come across something that makes me stop to re read it, transportingContinue reading “Past Pleasures rediscovered”
Lancaster legends, lunatic chairs and witches
In our relentless quest to travel further and further into the world, we often forget places which are relatively nearest to us. Lancaster, for example is only an hour or so drive away from us, yet until recently we had never been there. Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire, famous for the Pendle Witch trialsContinue reading “Lancaster legends, lunatic chairs and witches”