Monday, December 11, 2017

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – July 2016 (5)

Several dry days of long, hot sunshine helped to make way for another gathering season to begin at Wickham Hall.  Harvest was over in the barley fields, almost as quickly as it had started.  And...

The Witch’s Ordeal

James Lloyd visits the village of Ailsworth to remember a story of violent lawsuits and upper-class voodoo in Anglo-Saxon England. If there is one moral to be learnt from Hammer Horror films, then it is...

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The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – November 2016 (10)

A sudden Scandinavian cold front blanketed the Essex countryside as October tumbled into November, and brought a severe drop in temperatures at nightfall. The first rural frosts of the season were picturesque and the low...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – September 2016 (8)

The copper glow of a stunning autumn sunset reaches far across the empty, lonely fields. The sky is still warm with colour, filled with a multi-hue of orange, pink and violet which for a...

The benefits of shopping around for broadband

There are many aspects of a broadband service which can make us unhappy, but the most common cause for complaint is slow speeds. This is particularly problematic for broadband users in rural areas where...

The Pros and Cons of an Apprenticeship – as an Employer

Last week we covered how an apprenticeship might be a good option for an employee to enter their desired field of work. This week we will look at it from the employer’s perspective to...

The Green Children of Woolpit

When Stephen was King of the English, a quiet East Anglian village was visited by a little green man and his sister but were they aliens, feral children or merely a slice of medieval...

Crowdfund the chic alternative to waterproof trousers

Unless you spend your life on the sofa, it's highly likely you have a pair of waterproof trousers somewhere. As much as they are essential for outdoor activities in rainy England, however, it's hard...

The Infamous Afterlife of Bloody John Baker

James Lloyd examines Kentish folklore surrounding one of England’s most unprincipled Chancellors of the Exchequer. Country folk are great haters. We hate everyone: City folk, headmasters, vicars (especially vicars). Generally these people are outsiders who, having...