Monthly Archives: November 2017

Queen Victoria and Madeleine Smith

Queen Victoria reigned for over sixty years. At the start of her reign, in 1837, passenger railways were still a novelty, the British Empire was half the size it would eventually become, and Australia was a gaggle of small squabbling … Continue reading

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Pickles in the Victorian and Edwardian diet

Since I came back from overseas I’ve been back working on the Dow’s Pharmacy documentation project. And one thing that has struck me is just how many late nineteenth and early twentieth century pickle jars have been reused to store … Continue reading

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Singapore …

So, Singapore. I’ve always had a soft spot for Singapore. Both my father and his brother lived there during colonial times, and even when he was too old to travel, my father always wanted to see our photos of Singapore … Continue reading

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Evora, Lisbon and Sintra

For some reason our car’s GPS decided to ignore tollways and took us an interesting way to Evora through wooded countryside and then on to the old main road north before branching west across wheat growing country that increasingly looked … Continue reading

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Portugal–the Algarve

So there we were, heading down the tollway in our rental car. The tolls weren’t a problem, we’d filled in the paperwork for electronic tolling and agreed to settle the bill with the rental company when we brought the car … Continue reading

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