Category Archives: History

Wales – From the mouths of babes

What great travelling companions two 11 year old girls can make…I’d originally thought that my role would entail more ‘grandmothering’ but here we were on a girls road trip, complete with fits of laughter that had tears running down our … Continue reading

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Wales through young eyes

Planning a trip with my two eleven year old granddaughters was an entirely new experience. I asked them to research their ‘must see’ spots in Wales and they cycled over with a list which found a home on the fridge. … Continue reading

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Just a common soldier

  “For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.” I have always thought that Remembrance Day was important not to glorify war but to honour … Continue reading

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Floating Gardens

How can this magical place still exist in the middle of a bustling French city? Since the Middle Ages there have been market garden plots here at Hortillonnages in Amiens, Northern France. Though horrific battles raged on its banks during … Continue reading

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The dogs (and steeds) of war

    There are photo exhibits across Paris this summer, in sets of 100 to commemorate the 100th anniversary since WW1 began. They are incredible glimpses into this episode of our recent history. The one along the Champs Elysees was … Continue reading

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100 years ago this month

While in Paris this month you can’t escape the fact that it’s the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War. Front pages of newspapers and special photo exhibits across the city commemorated the momentus event.   One photo … Continue reading

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Madiba

Nelson Mandela died today. This is a different kind of blog for me. First because the photos were not taken by me and secondly because I want to reflect on the passing of a giant and how humbled I was … Continue reading

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