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.
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"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."
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 belong to a fabulous local choir, The Helen Vereker Singers.
The last few Saturday afternoons have been spent at beer festivals at pubs relatively local to us. Very little can beat an afternoon sitting in a beautiful beer garden, soaking up the summer sunshine.
Incredibly, on our doorstep are one or two claims to fame that I had no idea about - the Chase Distillery is Britain’s first and ONLY single estate distillery in the UK and they have the largest rectifying column in Europe and maybe even the world!
Take a pinch of old friends, a pound of great conversation, a spoonful of relaxed atmosphere and sublime food! If the only ingredient you are missing when you go out is sublime food, head to Verzon House.
I'm lucky to have many fascinating National Trust houses within easy distance and one of my favourites is Berrington Hall in Herefordshire.
Berrington is a pretty 18th century house, with Capability Brown designed grounds, set amongst beautiful rolling hills and commanding impressive views. I try to visit frequently and always find something new.
I interviewed Michelle last week, the landlady of The Rose and Crown, Hereford. We had a lovely chat over a cup of excellent coffee!
It was with a low level of expectation that we set off to try a Saturday night dinner at The Castle Inn, Wigmore. We'd heard of no one who'd been there and the usual mob who recommended places to us hadn't been forthcoming about this one.
We were looking for somewhere to take my stepfather that didn't involve much walking. It was a loveley sunny day and we decided to visit Westonbury Mill Water Gardens in the village of Pembridge, Herefordshire.
How does one define a good pub? For me it has to be warm, friendly, good atmosphere, an excellent selection of wines and superb food. Well, guess what, I have found the very pub just eight miles from where I live.
I would like to nominate The Den as an excellent restaurant, recently opened in my home city of Hereford. I have been on two occasions so far and have had excellent food and service both times. Jade Owen, General Manager has agreed to answer some questions for me. Great to meet you Jade!
The Shropshire town of Whitchurch is well worth a visit, especially on the first Saturday of the month when it's Farmers' Market day. The selection of foods available on the stalls is always mouth-watering, from gourmet pies and free-range meats to home-baked sponge cakes and toffee.
I have created a new heading on the website called Down Your Way. Many of you will remember the radio programme of the same name which was on the radio on a Sunday afternoon from 1946 until 1992. I have sub headed the various regions in the British Isles and will give you a brief outline of what this is all about!
Welcome to a new section on the website, called Around The UK. This will feature articles and interviews from different towns and cities.