I’m blogging about Regency and Victorian carriages on the Word Wench blog today with some sumptuous pictures of carriage interiors. Click here for the link. The nobility certainly travelled in style!
Category Archives: History
Once more it is time for our weekly trip to Scotland to visit our Castle of the Week and this time, by popular demand, we are at Castle Urquhart. I love a romantic ruin and Castle Urquhart ticks all the boxes. It stands on a promontory overlooking Loch Ness and commanding the Great Glen. It’s [...]
Over on the Word Wench blog today we are chatting about May traditions and about what the month will bring. Please drop by to share your thoughts on the beautiful month of May!
It’s now only 3 months until book 1 in my new Scottish Brides series comes out. Yes, I’m counting the days! The Lady and the Laird will be out in the middle of July and I’m planning all kinds of Scottish-related goodness here on the blog. There will be photos, recipes, and history galore. It’s [...]
Happy St George’s Day! Today is the celebration of England’s patron saint. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday so it’s a very patriotic day. To celebrate I am making a 19th century pudding recipe, courtesy of the National Trust. This is called Rhubarb and Orange Betty. The original recipe, Brown Betty, was made with apples, breadcrumbs and [...]
Today on the Ashdown House blog I am chatting about the connections between Ashdown, the Craven family and Jane Austen. There’s also a link to King James II and a mysterious legend of secret passageways lost for centuries! When it comes to inspiration for writers you can’t beat Ashdown’s history! Please drop into the blog if [...]
Today on the Word Wenches I’m blogging about ways to keep warm in the Regency period. Whether it’s by a hot brick for the feet or shared bodily warmth (!) come and tell us your winter warmers!
It’s a while since I blogged about Ashdown House, the National Trust property where I work as a guide and historian. Today I would love to share what has been going on at Ashdown and what we have planned for the season ahead. As many of you know, I feel so lucky to be able [...]
On the Word Wenches today we’re talking about Georgian and Regency wallpapers. Would you paper your home in these styles? And what does our decorating style say about our character? http://tinyurl.com/avfoz4y
There is a rather nice historical anniversary today. In 1813 a group of professional musicians including Muzio Clementi formed the Philharmonic Society, one of the first permanent orchestras. The Prince Regent was its patron. The Philharmonic Society gave its first concert at the Argyll Rooms, Little Argyll Street on 8th March, performing symphonies by Haydn [...]