Friday, 13 January 2023
Why do the people of Cwm Gwaun in South Wales celebrate the New Year on 13th January?
Village of Cwm Gwaun [courtesy of Wikipedia]
In 1752 Britain changed the calendar to come into line with the rest of Europe.
Eleven days were lost and from that time the New Year began on 1st January.
Tuesday, 27 December 2022
FRANCE Summer 1813.... a time of uncertainty and intrigue. Napoleon clings on to power, but a revolt is brewing. Disciplined Louise Fauriel and easy-going rake Arnaut de Montailhac are an unlikely pair, linked by the need to smuggle letters that can change the course of France’s future. With Napoleon’s vengeful agents never more than one step behind, there’s no time for love in the desperate race to succeed in their mission.
From the lakes and mountains of the French Pyrenees
to London Cavendish Square [credit to creator]
and Hartwell House near Aylesbury, the tense pursuit never stops.
Thursday, 15 December 2022
Monday, 12 December 2022
11th December marks the anniversary of the death of the last native Prince of Wales.Llewelyn ap Gruffydd
[courtesy of Wikipedia]
Video by Sian Ifan2, and the lament sung in the mellow voice of Daffydd Ifan
Tuesday, 6 December 2022
If you need a rest, a break from the endless hurry and worry,
why not take an armchair trip to Brighton?
Sunday, 13 November 2022
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
Eventually he was satisfied with his appearance in a tawny velvet doublet and breeches and impeccable linen. Smoothing back his thick black locks, he perched his plumed cap at a jaunty angle on his head and prepared to set off for his place of business.
Roberto, his steward and sometimes critic, surveyed him with a knowing air. 'You won't look bright for long if you don't eat something.' he ventured.
'Starving won't bring her back any faster. You've got a lot to do today.'
Antique Venetian Silk Velvet]|
[Attar of roses]
[ a tale of silks and spying, and Marco's misfortunes ]
(C) Beth Elliott