Ancestor Worship starts with Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

We’d made a plan to go and look at some graves.  A little  eccentric perhaps.  But in the spirit of humoring the quirks of  others,  I went along with it.    It was my mother’s firm wish to visit the place that her father’s family had come from. And so we went to Norfolk. and…

Pattern of the DAY

Scissor-braced, seven-canted roof constructed round about 1330 at Westhall church, Suffolk. Please do follow us!

An unusual way to wean a pup

but the formula works.  Take a three day walk out of your door and into the landscape.  The dog goes too.  Leave the puppy behind in good hands. This is the east coast of England – it is falling into the sea, quite literally and makes small wave and local newspaper headlines on a regular…

Victorianarama at Chelsea

Victorian influences will converge at the Chelsea Flower Show next week.  The Royal Horticultural Society was given its charter by Prince Albert in 1861.  The forerunner of Chelsea,  the Great Spring Show, was held that year  in Kensington Gardens.  Shows and exhibitions were massively popular and the public flocked to gaze at the latest wonder…

My old house

is the really yellow one.  I stayed with friends on Thursday night and drove through Lavenham yesterday morning. This place was fabulously wealthy in the 15th century on the back of the wool trade.  It then became an economic backwater –  nobody could afford to knock down and improve.  There are about 400 listed timber-framed…