Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ghost Ship of the Goodwins

On the thirteenth of February 1748, the Lady Lovibond set sail from Greenwich for Porto, in Portugal. She would never arrive. The alarum bell hollered through the night in Deal harbour, pulling the lifeboat crew...

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 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...

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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...

The Strangeness of Names

James Lloyd goes on a whistle-stop tour of some of England’s place-names and laments the rise of literacy that has destroyed their historic pronunciation. English is a terrible language. It is irrational, inconsistent and inelegant....

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – July 2016 (3)

June breezed into July with all the splendour and fullness that nature displays this time of year.  The rain showers still fell but were more infrequent, allowing for the torrent of flood water from...