The real Cockleshell Heroes

One sunny Sunday afternoon this March, I went for a stroll around the Canoe Lake area of the Southsea seafront and came across a plaque denoting the words, The Cockleshell Heroes. Being a bit of a fan of vintage film, I seemed to recall a film of the same name with Jose Ferrer and Trevor…

A new investigation into the past …

As readers of this blog will know, last week, I discovered the youth of my Great Aunt and Uncle and found out that they were intrepid travellers, regularly visiting Europe and Africa in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. A couple of images however reveal a family mystery which I hope, over the next few…

The sweet sadness of memories

It’s taken a house move and several years before I have looked at the family photos my mother has passed down to me.  I grew up in a happy family, taking for granted my “Auntie and Uncle”, whose ongoing presence meant I never missed my unknown departed grandparents. Auntie and Uncle, in fact my great…

A design classic: Spode’s Blue Italian

I’ve always loved blue and white ever since I was a little girl.  I like its crispness and clarity and its affiliation with all things seaside.  As I’ve got older however, and have started to inherit things, I’ve begun to realise it might also have something to do with hanging onto my memories of cherished…

RIP David Bowie

Few artists command the level of respect that David Bowie has.  He left this world as stylishly as he graced it, with tributes – some surprising – coming from far and wide.  Who else would have fans in the Vatican, let’s face it. I have been a follower of his music since his early days…

Foyle’s Hastings

Take the East Hill Lift for a view over Hastings If you loved Foyle’s War, then this post is for you.  Hastings, (East Sussex) where GreenLit Productions filmed the first six series, is as much of a cast member as Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks and is showcased to its best through the high production…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Let all your bicycles be as beautifully decorated as this little red number from the medieval village of Lucéram, Côte d’Azur, France. Wishing you joy, hope, health, laughter and nothing but good for this festive season and throughout 2016.  Thank you for reading my blog – it’s greatly appreciated.  We’ll be back on 6th January 2016….

A fun day out to Brighton, East Sussex

I used to come to Brighton as a child but I have to admit, I haven’t visited for a while so one summer, I took a day trip to visit the beach.  The town we know and love today dates really from the 18th and 19th centuries when Brighton established itself as a health and…

Rocking Dorking’s Rooster!

The Dorking Cockerel, Deepdene Roundabout, courtesy of Visit Dorking There’s a large silver rooster sitting in a roundabout, just outside of Dorking town centre.  Why, you might ask? Well, I’ll do my best to answer. The Dorking Cockerel, Deepdene Roundabout, courtesy of Visit Dorking It is better known locally as The Dorking Cockerel and the inhabitants of…

Four Seasons: The Petersfield Tree

When you have a much-used route to a particular destination, it’s funny the things you notice.  For me, travelling regularly to Petersfield Railway Station to take the train up to London, it’s a tree in a field just on the outskirts of the centre, which features a ladder. I always glance at it when driving…