Monthly Archives: March 2014

Eating your carrots

‘Eat your carrots lad and you’ll be able to see in the dark’. That’s what my nan told me – so I did. They were, of course, fresh and raw – boiling took the goodness out of them, and the miracle of night vision would be lost! But was it really true? Well – carrots, […]

I’m still learning

If you find a blog appear more than once it’s my fault. For some reason I think – in fact I know – I put up a blog and then can’t find it so load it again a day or so later. What do I find? Two sitting up there! This week-end I loaded a […]

March 31st to April 6th in years gone by

31st March saw the arrival and departure of two of England’s great poets. On this day in 1621 Andrew Marvell was born while ten years later, in 1631, poet John Donne died. Both left considerable collections of work. It is obvious that they never wrote together – or even interacted – but one can find […]

The Great Escape

As a youngster I had a lovely upbringing among the Crimson grapevines of Chile. I grew nice and dark and fat.Then I was picked. Me, and my close friends, were selected as a bunch – a most succulent bunch I must admit – and gently cleaned and packaged. We were on our way – to […]

The Grape Escape

As a youngster I had a lovely upbringing among the Crimson grapevines of Chile. I grew nice and dark and fat.Then I was picked. Me, and my close friends, were selected as a bunch – a most succulent bunch I must admit – and gently cleaned and packaged. We were on our way – to […]

Various events and stories 24th to 30th March in days gone by

24th March 1832 – Henry Crabb Robinson writes in his diary that he ‘.. had a melancholy letter from  Wordsworth (poet William). He talks of leaving the country on account of impending ruin to be apprehended from the Reform Bill!’ It’s interesting to see how one man’s diary can cast light on the attitude of […]

Old Wives’ Tales

Over the coming months I hope to be exploring some of these ‘old wives’ tales’ in detail. They were not old wives’ tales then but just accepted ways of dealing with problems. With hair that now needs finding rather than brushing we’ll start with one old saying that I remember from my Nan. She had […]