Spectres

Halloween is coming! If you’d like to see ghosts without any danger attached, here’s the book for you: ‘Spectropia, or …

Variations on a tale

“She was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding-Hood, I should have known …

Bewitched

I believe in good witches – not just around Halloween!  

Are you feline lucky?

Excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist! There’s not only the international ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ (always in August) but …

It’s in the (paper) bag

Once upon a time people carried their shopping home in paper rather than plastic bags. Often these were simply brown …

Autumn: Poetry & Earth Stars

‘Herbsttag’ by Rainer Maria Rilke (1902) is one of Germany’s (and my…) favourite poems – particularly so after this year’s …

Games without Frontiers

Spiel ohne Grenzen, Jeux Sans Frontieres, It’s a Knockout… Apparently the French title was the inspiration for the song “Games without …

Modes of Travel – part 2

“It rained and snowed terribly; besides, the wind was so high, that it threw him twice off his horse, and …

Quack Quack Quack

Well, this one doesn’t sound ‘prettily enough’ but that’s no reason not to love it. “Mr, Duck” just wants his …

It sounds prettily enough

I (almost, because I do love a lie-in) welcome being woken up at dawn by the chorus of blackbirds, robins …

Meadow Flowers

I have written about birds and bees, so it seems apt to say something about flowers. Wild or meadow flowers …

Raise an eyebrow

I like reading old city/travel guides, guides that tell you about streets and places that may no longer exist, guides …

London Ephemera

I love getting holiday postcards from friends & family! And I used to love sending them, but more and more …

Summer in Dollhouse Land

It is Summer – not just in the ‘real’ world… My dolls decided to have a barbecue but they were …

медведи – bears

Russia is in the quarter-finals! The ‘Northern Bear’ was, according to The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, an old nickname …

Summ, Summ, Summ

Nothing to do with Maths! ‘Summen’ is German for ‘buzz’. I grew up with bees – my father was a …

Modes of Travel – part 1

“One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle …

The Beautiful Game

I’m not ‘into’ Football – but once it comes to international competitions I will invest in a Sweepstake and will …

Tales of Wonder

Luck or Fate would have it that I noticed and was able to attend an illustrated lecture by Jack Zipes …

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