History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint


Minster Lovell is a small village and parish situated in the Windrush Valley, and midway between the towns of Burford and Witney in Oxfordshire. It’s divided into three parts, Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster with a combined population of about 1500. Although there have been findings here from the Neolithic period, it’s the … Continue reading History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint

52 Books Challenge: #8 England, Their England


England, Their England by A. G. Donell is a novel classed as “social satire” set in 1920s England and written in 1933. I bought it having read a short positive critique of it by John Carey in his book The Reluctant Professor. The central character is Donald Cameron, a Scotsman, who has been invalided out … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #8 England, Their England

How to easily recognise culture


We love France, the French people, the towns and villages, their wine, and ……… their enduring and delightful ways of maintaining and demonstrating their culture. Festivals that celebrate obscure events like the grapes first turning red, the escargot, the moule, and so on. But there is a sure fire way to see how much they … Continue reading How to easily recognise culture

Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.


"My name is Sophia. I am 15 years old. I am one of 4 children, with two brothers age 10 and 7 and a sister who is 4. Our father is a miner at the local mine, and I am very proud to work with him at the mine too. I am a Bal Maiden … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.

Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark


"Pasties & Places"It took 4 hours to drive from our Cotswolds home to the Newquay area yesterday, only 208 miles but lots of comfort breaks! First stop on this GenTravelling holiday was St Agnes, the small village on the West Cornwall coast, famed for its tin mines and expert miners, made famous by the Poldark … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark