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.
Letter From Spain, Fame Comes To My Street, Tour-De-France Champion Cyclist Chris Froome OBE Is Visiting!
Worldwide fame is on its way to the bottom of my street in Moraira! Yes my street!
Yesterday I could see the billowing black smoke and flames running down the mountains to the east of my town Moraira on the Costa Blanca, Spain.
I took a short break from my home on the Costa Blanca, Spain, to spend three days in the Rioja region of northern Spain and happened across the strangest cathedral — one inside which a hen and a rooster are housed in a gothic 15th century henhouse. Not only that, there is a macabre tale connected to these birds.
A Trip To The Ceremony in Thiepval for the 100 yr Anniversary Of The Battle Of The Somme on the 1st July 2016
As Geoff's Grandfather fought in the Somme in northern France, we thought it fitting to apply for tickets to the Ceremony in Thiepval for the 100 yr Anniversary on the 1st July this year.
I have three very precious grandchildren and I want to share with you our celebration because the youngest one has just reached the grand age of one!
I'm running to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer UK because pancreatic cancer survival rates are still too low.
I am delighted to be promoting this event for one of our super contributors.
One of the joys of being a writer is the process of researching our chosen time, place or occupation - whatever is needed to give our characters the depth to make their lives believable.
We carried our kitchen sink from England to Spain, and that was some adventure as some of you might remember!
Photo copyright Dan Holle
I loved reading everyone's comments via FB on the RAH show, and especially the photos. Here are my thoughts: