For me no holiday would be complete without at least one trip around a castle. There are so many to explore. Fighting forts emerge, battle-scarred and gaunt, from the hard rock that bears them. Royal palaces, hinting of romance and mystery, are spun out of light and crystal-white stone. Some seem to float on air whilst others are clearly designed to shelter a sleeping beauty.
Then there are the iceberg castles – serene and beautiful on the surface with a whole world lurking underneath. Continue reading Going underground
It’s hard to believe, looking at the green-shuttered house just a stone’s throw from a busy main road, that this rather plain-looking exterior hides a fascinating glimpse of latter-day luxury and more than a hint of mystery. Continue reading There’s a ghost in my house
Animal carvings, strange and smooth, glow in the dimly lit cabinets. Round fecund figures and line drawings of horned beasts, representing male-and-female, sun-and-moon, yin-and-yang, stand side-by-side.
Witch-beads and rune stones, powerful portents of things beyond the physical world, are clustered together and the talismans of bell, book and candle are laid out on a glass encased altar. Continue reading The Witch Queen of…Brighton
Presented with a cake in the gentlest shade of green most people will leap to the obvious conclusion – pistachio.
Wrong! Continue reading It’s not easy being green