Monthly Archives: July 2021

Playing Gooseberry

August traditionally marks the start of the silly season so in that spirit…..We’ve  all  heard of tulip mania in the mid-17thc and most will know about orchid-mania  and the fern fever in the mid-19th but what about a gooseberry craze? … Continue reading

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Robinson Treehouses

This post started out as another “serious” look at the history of treehouses but has ended up a bit more off-beat than usual , somehow managing to include mentions of a well-known children’s book, a Disney film, donkeys,  bars in … Continue reading

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Treehouses of the Renaissance and after…

I was recently sent a book about treehouses for my birthday and it was a subtle reminder that we’d inherited the remains of one here in France when we bought the house 15 years ago and even laid the boards … Continue reading

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Holkham continued…

We left the story of Holkham last week in the middle of all the activity that was taking place at the end of the 18thc under the aegis of Thomas Coke, the reforming MP and agricultural improver.   He continued … Continue reading

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Holkham

Where do I start in trying to describe Holkham?  And it’s not just me. Historic England’s  Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest says : ” Because of the complexity of this site, the standard Register entry format would … Continue reading

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