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Advent Thought For The Day: 13

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December 13th: The Trouble with Tinsel Invented in Nuremberg in the early 17th Century, tinsel predates most other forms of Christmas decoration, including glass […]

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Advent Thought For The Day: 12

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December 12th: Caroling, caroling We learn them at school, we sing them once or twice a year and recall them for life, the first […]

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Getting Real

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  How comforting – Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson had plant casualties. They were like the rest of us, after all. This amusing revelation […]

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Il Giardino di Boboli, Florence

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  The Medici of Florence were not only one of the richest families in Europe for a time, but also phenomenal garden makers. They […]

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Sunshine and Showers at Saltwood

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I have met some Americans who believe all us Brits live in quaint thatched cottages and are intimately acquainted with The Queen. We might […]

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Hidden Talent

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I have always thought of my paternal grandfather as a practical, gentleman gardener. When I was a child he was head gardener on a […]

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Bruges, Venice of the North

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Judging by the number of tourists visiting Bruges annually, reckoned at 2 million, this Flemish city needs little introduction. If you are looking for […]

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