Brompton

14 Dec 18
Homepaddock

37 –  Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was born  (d. 68). 533 – Byzantine general Belisarius defeated the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum. 1161 – Military officers conspired against Emperor Hailingwang of the Jin Dynasty and assassinated him in a military camp near the Yangtze River front. 1167 – Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moved the royal […]

14 Dec 18
The Library Time Machine

In December 1983 I went down to Kensington High Street from North Kensington Library. It must have been one of those half days when I finished at one o’clock because it was around lunchtime. I saw from the bus that the former Kensington Town Hall had been partially breached by a wrecking ball and that […]

13 Dec 18
Weeds Roots & Leaves

I mentioned salmon pink geraniums in a children’s book in a recent blog post and have found a reference to geraniums in another work of fiction. In Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’, the eponymous heroine visits her friend Raymond’s mother in a suburb of Glasgow: ‘We approached the front door and I noticed […]

13 Dec 18
the little stone cottage

Hi everyone! Why keep festive decor just to you living space? As most of you know that follow me on Instagram, we’re still doing a lot of work downstairs in the cottage… well not only downstairs, everywhere really. This has meant that we’re unable to really go to town with the Christmas decs (we still […]