How memories contribute to identity


Memories from a visit to the Blists Hill outdoor museum plus feelings of identity standing in a Cumbrian field have awakened even more intense memories that I am sure have a lot to do with my past 6 months family history research. Rolling all of these things together takes me back to when we had … Continue reading How memories contribute to identity

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Picture behind the story #30 In vino veritas et amicitia


Dinner on our first night in Chablis was spent at our favourite restaurant, Bistrot des Grands Crus, just a few metres away from our hotel. We had last been here a couple of months ago as we sought out the first wine on my Wines 101 Bucket List, a Dauvissat Grand Cru, Les Clos and … Continue reading Picture behind the story #30 In vino veritas et amicitia

Picture behind the story #29 Climate change or new hybrid Osteospurmums?


Here we are in November, a few ground frosts already and ..... we still have beautiful Osteospurmums flowering. Global warming, climate change or is this a new hybrid winter-growing frost resistant variety?

Picture behind the story #28 Do YOU have a favourite watering hole?


Our Favourite Wine Bar I guess we all have a favourite pub, bar, wine bar, watering hole? My favourite pub is in the village of Broughton in Cumbria, The Manor Arms. My favourite wine bar however is in Beaune in Burgundy, France. Situated right in the middle of Place Carnot their wine list is extensive, … Continue reading Picture behind the story #28 Do YOU have a favourite watering hole?

Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!


The woman in this picture is a Dalit, and many of you reading this post will have no idea what that means, and have no experience of witnessing the treatment of people “labelled” as Dalits. Change the word Dalit to “untouchable” and you might, just might begin to understand, but only slightly. Imagine living in … Continue reading Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!