Category Archives: Leicestershire

Charley Ottey 1897-1916

We have a rolling pin with a history. Knowing this history makes a difference.  It is old. It was owned by my great grandmother, a woman called Lizzie, who had been born in 1862 in Droitwich, Worcestershire, into a large … Continue reading

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Now is the winter of our discontent

Today, the 22nd August, is the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, which took place near Leicester in 1485. This battle was effectively the end of the War of the Roses, between the white rose of York and the red … Continue reading

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I am here posting an apology for a mistitled photo, drawn to my attention by my didter. In my post, “Back to the Woods”, my photograph of May blossom is no such thing. I have made checks through a sighted … Continue reading

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Signature Birds

When I went blind one of the many things I had to deal with was not being able to see birds anymore. When I was young, I paid no attention to birdlife. I lived in a city, and there were … Continue reading

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The Past is Another Country

Nostalgia is a strange thing. For those who are indulging in it, it is generally seen as a pleasant activity, a good thing; for those who are witnessing it in others, it is seen as thoroughly unpleasant, exclusive and indulgent. … Continue reading

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A 1959 Christmas

A Christmas in 1959   Christmas presents were always left in the kitchen by Father Christmas (never called Santa Claus in England in those days). He delivered all the presents to all the children who’d been good in all the … Continue reading

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My (tenuous) link with a (tenuous) Queen

The main natural sound in the village is the “chack chack” of the jackdaws that roost and nest on the east end of the church, believing it to be a rock face, or an abandoned quarry. They are sociable and … Continue reading

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