Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these fabulous Arthur Rackham illustrations from the 1909 Charles and Mary Lamb “Tales of Shakespeare”. Romeo and Juliet image credit: Arthur Rackham [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Arthur Rackham was born in Lewisham in 1867. At the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve…… Continue reading Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these lovely illustrations.
The habit of drinking tea dates back thousands of years but didn’t become popular in England until the 1660s. However, it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. image credit: [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons In 1840 afternoon tea was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.…… Continue reading Happy National Tea Day!
Dorothy L Sayers Remorse is eating his soul like a caterpillar in a cabbage. Beatrix Potter Peter lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes. H L Mencken An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a…… Continue reading 5 Literary Quotes to Celebrate National Cabbage Day!
If you don’t know how to toss your pancakes properly, this lesson for army cadets at Aldershot in 1967 will leave you in no doubt! https://youtu.be/-25a3bIYJZY Happy Shrove Tuesday! Thanks for visiting my blog today.
But when thou art near me Sorrow seems to fly And then I feel as well I may That on this earth there dwells not one So blest as I. You’d think this was some sort of Victorian or Edwardian Valentine’s card with a verse like that. It’s postmarked Dover 1909 and was sent to…… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!
The year of the Ox in Chinese astrology commences today. To be precise it’s the year of the Metal Ox. And according to the Astrology Answers website, the year of the metal ox “will present its own challenges but just like the Ox itself, it will be a year of hard work, determination and building…… Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!
Eton was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as “Kynge’s College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore” to provide free education to 70 poor boys who would then go on to King’s College, Cambridge, which Henry founded 1441. Poor boys???? The school flourished during the reign of George III (1760-1820). George spent much…… Continue reading The Fourth of June at Eton College
Good Morning! Is it time to put the kettle on? Hope you have a lovely day. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
It doesn’t seem a year since I wrote It’s National Tea Day! and in 2018 there appears to be more opportunities than ever to enjoy and celebrate our national beverage. I had an email from Betty’s yesterday with details of their partnership with The Royal Mint to a launch a new 10 pence coin on National Tea…… Continue reading It’s National Tea Day!
What a day! Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day on the same day. Apparently this simultaneous event hasn’t occurred since 1956. And since 1900 Easter Sunday and April Fools Day have only been on the same day in 1923, 1934 and 1945. You could be forgiven for thinking that this Easter Hat Parade from 1955…… Continue reading Happy Easter!