Monthly Archives: August 2013

Strawberry Hill

“It is a plaything house…….and it is the prettiest bauble you ever saw.” Horace Walpole, June 1747 Walpole was the dilettante son of Britain’s first Prime Minister and author of the first horror novel, The Castle of Otranto. Horace Walpole took a lease on a small 17th century cottage with 5 acres in Twickenham a […]

Buy your own London Tube Station

The tube station where Winston Churchill had his secret command centre is up for sale at a cool ¬£20 million. Brompton Road tube station, now disused, closed in 1934 and has since been owned by the MInistry of Defence. Now they’re putting it up for sale to the highest bidder. The property includes a drill […]

Afternoon Tea

The quintessential botannical gardens at Kew have staged the ultimate English event: an afternoon tea. But there are no scones, no jam, no cream. And no tea. Instead, as part of the Garden’s Incredible Inedible festival, English bone china white-ware from Staffordshire¬†– some vintage and some simply irreplaceable – and filled it with the plants […]

Simply apricots and lavender

I am cross with myself for not bringing a box of apricots back home with me from our recent holiday in France, especially after discovering how simple it is to make la confiture d’abricot the ‘French way’. I have seen recipes which suggest putting a split vanilla pod in the mix, or some lemon juice, […]