Posts Tagged River Thames

TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC

‘If you go down to the woods today……sing sing …….Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.’ Well I love picnics….I think it’s in the genes of bears really, don’t you?  Most picnics require a bit of shopping before hand; bread, wine  and stuff like that. […]

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THOSE OLD CHESTNUTS!

THOSE OLD CHESTNUTS!

  Every autumn my guardian Pauline Conolly takes me to Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens  so we can gather  Spanish chestnuts from their big tree. It’s very exciting.  It’s usually a bit chilly, but there is a lovely fire in the cafe where you can warm up first.  […]

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KING ALFRED AND A WHIFF OF BURNT CAKES.

KING ALFRED AND A WHIFF OF BURNT CAKES.

King Alfred’s legendary burning of the cakes was the subject of my first history lesson, delivered by my mother as she popped a tray of rock cakes in the oven. Her notion of where the incident took place was vague; ‘In the woods  somewhere’, she said…handing me […]

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THAMES RIVER – AND THE BIRTH OF A BOOK.

THAMES  RIVER -  AND THE BIRTH OF A BOOK.

A HOUSE BY THE THAMES In 1996 my husband Rob and I bought a holiday house on an 18th century estate called Harleyford, by the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire. For the next fifteen years we divided our time between England and Australia. Originally we […]

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MURDER OR MALADY? INTRIGUE BY THE THAMES.

MURDER OR MALADY? INTRIGUE BY THE THAMES.

DEATH BY  THE RIVER THAMES Walkers along the Thames Path  should take a break at the village of Cumnor, otherwise reached by car via the A420 from Oxford. In the 14th century the monks of Abingdon Abbey built Cumnor Hall, scene of a mysterious death in the […]

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WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

AN  AUSSIE  TASTE  OF  THE  THAMES For Australians exploring the  Thames Path there are  places of particular interest.  On the upper reaches of the  river  is the village of Buscot, and the National Trust owned  Buscot Park. The house was built in the 1770’s by Edward Loveden […]

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BLOOD ON MY BOOTS…..MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

BLOOD ON MY BOOTS.....MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

                Blood On My Boots was one of the titles I considered for my book on the Thames Path. I love social history , especially murder mysteries,  and  many bodies  have  ended up in the  river.   The  book was […]

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A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

Dr James Colthurst is perhaps best known for having been  a  close friend of  the late Princess Diana.  He  was trusted by Diana  to  act as a go-between during one of the  the most difficult periods of her life; secretly  conveying tapes  she had recorded to the […]

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The Mysterious Case of the Queen’s Oak at Hurley Lock!

  HOW IT BEGAN After the launch of All Along the River I received  a  message from  a friend and ex-neighbour at Harleyford.  Jo wanted an extra copy of the book as a gift for a friend, so Rob and I promised to drop one in.  We […]

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LAUNCH OF MY THAMES BOOK!!

ALL ALONG THE RIVER: TALES FROM THE THAMES  was released on July 31 by London publisher  Robert Hale.   Rob and I celebrated with lunch at the Show Boat, moored by the river at  the Harleyford  estate just outside Marlow.  It was owning a lodge in this glorious […]

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