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No Turkey and Very Little Tinsel

No Turkey and Very Little Tinsel with Abigail and Barney Brian Spencer braves the winter storms on the Lancashire coast. When Sheila suggested we try Blackpool out of season by joining a turkey and tinsel trip, I thought ‘why not? At least we can fit in some bracing walks along the promenade and maybe take […]

Bringing Water to your Tap!

Without seeming to inconvenience anyone, a huge building site high above Ambergate on the outskirts of Crich has been well under way since October 2014.  When it is finished in 2017 there will be two massive underground concrete reservoirs capable of storing water to supply most of the top-up needs of Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester […]

Gardening – Summer

Last month I visited a place where I used to go as a child almost every weekend, Elvaston Castle near Borrowash. It must have been about 15 years ago that I last visited the walled gardens – I had the opportunity to visit again to see what the gardeners have done (with very little money). […]

St Mary’s Gate House

After St. Helen’s House, which mercifully is still with us and was the subject of the Georgian Group prize for the best restoration of a Georgian building in 2013, St. Mary’s Gate House in Derby was by far and away the grandest of the great Classical gentry town houses in Derby. It stood towards the […]