As a writer of Victorian sagas set mainly in the nineteenth century streets of London, I’m always looking for facts and information about those days and the way people lived. I see my characters as everyday hero’s; ordinary people doing extraordinary things that make them worth writing about.
There is an alley of Fleet Street, in London, that leads you back in time. You pass through it from the bustle of 21st century London, swiftly to the 17th Century.
I thought I’d give up this year. I decided that everyone’s seen enough pictures of me running in my Pancreatic Cancer UK vest so I’d run the Cardiff Half Marathon in six weeks time for myself.
The Book Fair, the inspired brain-child of author Judith Barrow in 2013, began life in St Mary's Church House, in Tenby as the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival. It has grown, year by year, ever more successful, with more and more authors eager to participate, so that now we need bigger premises and longer hours and we have found the ideal home in the Queen's Hall in Narberth, with ample room for book stalls, talks and workshops.
Welsh Bicknor The Secret Crash Including Detailed Instructions For Kerne Bridge and Welsh Bicknor Walk
ONSLOW Kirby was used to the mocking laughter of the Green Woodpecker and the hooting of the Monmouth Bullet on the other side of the River Wye; but nothing could prepare him for the sights and sounds which assailed him on a bright and clear 7th June 1942.
Image copyright Kate Long
"ANIMALS arrived, liked the look of the place, took up their quarters, settled down, spread, and flourished. They didn't bother themselves about the past - they never do; they're too busy."
Ely Writers’ Day, part of the Ely Arts Festival, is on Saturday 1st July in Ely Library 10am until 3pm.
If you love walking amongst beautiful trees and enjoying the outdoors whilst supporting valuable conservation work of rare or endangered species of conifers, then the Pinetum, Bedgebury, Kent could be a place worth a visit.
When demand outstrips supply of any commodity the price of the item sought will rise and those who can see their way to meet the demand will become rich.
The National Trust has it fair share of grand houses and magnificent gardens but, every now and again, you come across a more unassuming little gem.
William Brodie was born into a family of successful Edinburgh cabinet-makers in 1741. The close, where he served his apprenticeship at his father’s side, still exists just off the Royal Mile.
Those of you who have read the previous ‘Cheer Up’ articles will, by now, know how funny my grandchildren can sometimes be. As a writer I always keep a notebook and pen in my bag and jot down the funny things they say. I wouldn’t trust my memory to recall very much otherwise!
OK, I have two confessions. First, I admit I was excited. Second, I’d been wanting to do it since I was a kid. Oh, and third, this is probably a man thing, ladies.
I’ve got a confession – I can’t walk past a museum without popping in. Okay, it’s not the most troubling of addictions and is completely legal but it’s certainly fun.
Brobury House and Gardens, Bredwardine is a place that we've passed by so many times catching glimpses of the house through the trees......quite intriguing........but the lure of a special price ticket, buy one get one free, did the trick and saw us parking up in the ample car park and donning our walking boots.
I’m not being rude, I’m simply letting you know what the blossom on this lovely tree will be one day.
Ely Arts Festival this year features a world-wide short story competition for people of any age.
VIVE LA DIFERENCIA
Some of you know that I live between the UK and Spain, and I love the country of my birth, and my adopted county very much, but there are lots of little differences that you’d never imagine if you only visit for a holiday.
Richmond, London, has a long a history of favour with kings, but when Henry VII decided to build a palace at the hunting grounds at Richmond and move his court there for the summer months the beginnings of Kew, the beautiful place we now can visit and admire today, was born.
ALICANTE’S ACCESSIBLE BEACH SERVICE FOR THE DISABLED (keep in mind for next summer)
Some 22,000 runners are taking part in the 2016 Cardiff University Half Marathon but as I thread my way through the crowd to my starting pen, I feel lonely and a bit daunted.
Do you find beaches boring? Hands up!
Cusop Dingle: a quiet spot in the timeless village which is "Kilvert Country". Photo copyright Garth Lawson.
“Excuse Fingers” has a particular resonance in the Hay-on-Wye area.
If you find yourself near the port city of Alicante on Spain’s south eastern Costa Blanca and at a quandary as to what to do …read on.
I belong to a fabulous local choir, The Helen Vereker Singers.