Signalling change – Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 021016

Last Sunday we got to see a piece of history as we joined a free tour of Banbury North Signal Box, before it’s demolished.  I’ve spent years seeing this signal box when I’ve travelled to and from Birmingham, and if I’m honest I’ve taken it totally for granted.  But we… Continue reading »

Revisiting Tintagel Castle 20 years on

Revisiting Tintagel Castle 20 years on

When we visited Cornwall last Spring we were tantalizing close to the village of Tintagel. We had so much to cram in that week with friends, that we never got closer than seeing the road signs.  This year, I was determined to rectify that matter.  We arrived in Cornwall early… Continue reading »

Exploring Oxford Castle Unlocked with a not so timid child

Exploring Oxford Castle Unlocked with a not so timid child

It’s no big secret that I like castles, they’ve been a passion since childhood.  It’s a passion I’m passing on to Monkey. I want him to realise that history isn’t boring, it’s not just about memorising a load of dates.  It’s real, it’s our past, it’s important.  He is constantly… Continue reading »

The B&W Photography Project Week 59 #bwphotoproject

The B&W Photography Project Week 59

The B&W Photography Project Week 59 with PODCast and today I’m sharing with you the detail on a cannon from the time of Henry VIII, a surviving relic from the Mary Rose. I was 14 when the ruin of the Mary Rose was brought up from the bottom of the Solent.  I… Continue reading »

Dover Castle – days out in Kent

Dover Castle

Back in October we stayed just outside Dover at the Park Resorts caravan site for a long weekend for Daddy P’s birthday.  I was actually born in Kent, but we moved to Surrey when I was small, and although I’ve had family in the north and east of the county, I’ve rarely… Continue reading »

The Magna Carta Chronicle

The Magna Carta Chronicle

When Redpeffer and I visited the Spring Fair in Birmingham earlier this year we spent some time on the What On Earth? stand.  We were shown The Magna Carta Chronicle which they have launched to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215 at… Continue reading »

The B&W Photography Project Week 42 #bwphotoproject

The B&W Photography Project Week 42

The B&W Photography Project Week 42 with PODCast and this week I’m looking at stonework with you.  I love castles, they’ve always fascinated me and I’m always on the look out for interesting stonework. I’m forever fascinated by the stonework in castles, churches and cathedrals.  The detail and precision of a bygone… Continue reading »

Monkey returns to Warwick Castle #CountryKids

Monkey returns to Warwick Castle

I moved to North Oxfordshire with my parents and brother in the early 1980’s.  One of the most memorable places that we visited was Warwick Castle which wasn’t too far away from where we lived. For a history fanatic like myself it was like walking straight into a history book…. Continue reading »

Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Trafalgar – a book review

Do you remember that we reviewed the first Time Travelling Toby book a while back – it was all about his adventures in the Battle of Britain.  Graham Jones has written the next installment which has just been published.  Today we are all at sea with Time Travelling Toby and the… Continue reading »

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

I love history, it was my favourite subject at school and college and I can remember spending hours studying the family trees of the various royal houses. As it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago I asked Daddy P if we could visit Sudeley Castle, somewhere I’ve always… Continue reading »