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Time for a Bath!

I have had great fun this week putting together a trip for a group of lovely ladies! My brief........culture, good food, shopping and relaxation. Well, it was between Stratford, Liverpool and Bath. All are fabulous places, all have oodles of fascinating history, great shopping and places to relax with friends.

Bath pipped the others to the post as, logistically, it made more sense for this group. They now have a Georgian townhouse arranged for them to relax in and have a catch up. They are near to the Roman Baths, the Royal Cresent and the Jane Austen Museum to satisfy their inner history geeks and have street upon street of fabulous shopping. Have fun girls!

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Keep your nose to the grindstone

On a recent visit to Winchester, we dropped in to the City Mill and I was so glad we did. What an amazing place! The mill was actually working that day, milling flour which, along with recipe cards, was available to purchase in the shop!
There is a lot to know about milling flour it turns out and the mill, run by the National Trust, has displays, interactive exhibits and trails to keep all ages interested. The staff were extremely knowledgable too...and vigilant, as they must be whilst the mill is in operation. Flour dust, as you may or may not know, is explosive!

These displays in particular caught my eye - well known sayings that originate in the milling industry.
'Keep your nose to the grindstone' - The millstones must never be allowed to run without grain. They quickly wear out and could even cause sparks which would set fire to the mill. A quick sniff of the stones would tell you if they were getting hot.
'Rule of Thumb' - Millers would test the quality and grind of the flour by rubbing a small quantity between finger and thumb. From this the'd know if it were too fine or coarse and could change the conditions to rectify the grind.
'Fair to Middling' - The quality of the flour was graded fair, middling or fine. If you're feeling 'fair to middling' you're not at your best!
'First come first served' - A strict rule of milling to prevent impatient farmers jumping the queue!
'Show your mettle' - Millstones were often re-carved by travelling stone dressers. If the stone dresser had tiny slivers of metal embedded in his hands and forearms (which would have been thrown up from his stone cutting tools) the miller knew that he was experienced.

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Dedicate a Poppy to someone who died in World War 1

Poppies are the symbol of remembrance, in Britain, to fallen servicemen and women. The poppy was adopted after the end of the First World War.  You can search the 1914-18 roll call for someone you know of, maybe a family member or family friend, and dedicate a poppy to their memory, with your own personal message.

The poppy became a symbol of remembrance after the First World War inspired by the poem, by Lt Col John McCrae, 'In Flanders Fields'.  If you'd like to know more about the story behind the poppy please visit the remembrance page on the British Legion's website.

The poem which inspired the Poppy's use, is below:


In Flanders' fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders' fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high,

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow  

In Flanders' Fields.

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From Landmark to Local - History is everywhere!

Yesterday I was at Buckingham Palace, one of the most recognisable landmarks in London and Britain. Today I've been discovering history much more local to home in the shape of a tiny abandoned flour mill in a nearby forest.Reflecting on my two visits, taken within 24 hours of each other, it occurs to me how different these experiences ...


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Spotlight On Tower of London

Welcome to our latest 'Spotlight On' blog! This time let me tell you some things you may not know about one of the World's most iconic buildings.... the Tower of London! Philippa Let us tell you some things you may not know about one of the World's most iconic buildings.Originally built by William the Conqueror, to shock and awe the p...


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