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1. My Favourite Fall Marrow Recipes
It's harvest time and that means the fall glorious glut of marrows, overgrown zucchini, and summer squash, but do you know what to do with them? Marrow has a bad press but there are so many delicious ways to cook and to preserve marrow that there really is no excuse for not making the most of the...
2. Party Music for Teenage Boys
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:40:34
It's my son's 13th birthday in a couple of days and we have been planning what to do to celebrate his special day. Amongst other things, we'll throw a small party but how to choose the party music?
This list is his choice of music to which I have added my stamp of approval. My only 'rules' for i...
3. The Remarkable Creatures of Tracy Chevalier
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:30:17
Tracy Chevalier writes about two women, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, who are combing the beach at Lyme Regis on the south coast of England looking for stones bearing the impression of creatures and plants. Curies, they called them. They little knew that this fascination with fossils would r...
4. My Favorite Salt Shaker and Pepper Grinder
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:51:20
The Chef'n Bistro Combo Grinder is one in a million. How many household machines and gadgets really work? How many are great bargains? How many are attractively designed, effective, efficient and continue to work for over a quarter of a century?
Do I have your attention now?
It's the little irr...
5. The Lovers of Harry Selfridge
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:30:32
Harry Gordon Selfridge, the creator of the famous London store 'Selfridges', became fabulously rich, was a great family man, supportive husband and fond father but he had two fatal flaws - gambling and womanising.
Many famous women of the time fell for this larger-than-life showman and became th...
6. Limousin Oak Barrels
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:30
Limousin is not a wine producing area, it isn't famous for its brandy, nor does it make whisky, but Limousin oak is an essential part of the fine wine and spirits industries all over the world.
This beautiful, but hidden part of central France is a landscape of meadows and oak and sweet chestnut...
7. What Will Happen in 2014?
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:32
The New Year has arrived, the end times didn't, and now we would all like to know what will happen in 2014 so I've gathered together some predictions and prophecies from those in the know - journalists to star-gazers.
There are some factual, well-informed views of what is going to happen in 2014...
8. Limoges Porcelain Easter Eggs
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:26
The city of Limoges, the capital of Limousin, south west France, is famous for two things, Limoges porcelain and Limoges beef cattle. Both are beautiful but the former is a little more accessible to the average person.
Limoges porcelain is prized for it's fine quality, so fine that it can be alm...
9. My Name Song
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:10
I was searching for my name song when it occurred to me that the most romantic gift would be a song specially for her?
Let someone serenade the special 'she' in your life with her very own name song. Here are some ideas to set you thinking and if you know of any other songs featuring girls' name...
10. A Scrap Book of Life in Limousin, South West France
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:56:17
My life in Limousin! I've fallen in love; I love Limousin and this is a collection of things and places to do with this hidden corner of sout west France. I have all the enthusiasm of one who has found their dream home: an traditional stone farm house which is now a guest house, and the small bar...
11. Gifts for Cooks - Tajine Cooking Pots
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:24:16
A tajine pot must be one of the most elegant and authentic gifts for cooks and great Christmas gifts. And one of the most useful for cooks and non-such-keen-cooks alike. So what exactly is a Tagine?
Tajines, sometimes spelled Tagines, are sometimes simple unglazed pots to extravagantly decorativ...
12. All About Angels and Cherubs
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:05:45
What are Angels? What are Cherubs? (More correctly, cherubim is the plural form of cherub). Angels and cherubs are all around us; just keep your eyes open and you will see them.
I studied art history and painting, so I thought I knew a thing or two about the heavenly hosts, but when I started to...
13. French Pedicure - 10 Steps To Pretty Feet
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:26
With a French pedicure you are only ten tiny steps away from natural, nude, clean and young looking feet! Beautiful summer feet can be yours in only a few minutes. Give your feet a French nail polish pedicure and have the prettiest feet and cleanest looking toes for your summer vacations this yea...
14. Heart Shaped Sunglasses for Summer Holidays
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:50:38
Heart shaped sunglasses are hot for Spring 2013! Looks who's wearing heart shaped glasses now: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Connor Schofield (lead singer of Jaws), Bella Thorne. Heart sunglasses are sweet and sexy, fun and flirty - how can you face the summer vacations without sweetheart sunglasses?
15. How Not to Choose an English Pointer Puppy
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:57:05
Molly is our intrepid hunting dog, a French English Pointer in France, if you see what I mean.
Now we are all told that getting a dog is a serious business so before we came to live in France I did quite a bit of research on the net to find out which breed of dog would suit our family best. The ...
16. Angel White Diamond Pendant Necklace
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:04:29
Wear your heart on your sleeve when you give this XPY silver, gold and diamond angel pendant to the one you love. Beautifully designed, this little angel crafted from silver with diamond-studded wings holds a heart of gold in her arms.
If you look carefully at the angel, you'll see that the ange...
17. Pastry Recipes for Pies from my Grandmothers Kitchen
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:50:38
Yes, this is me 'rolling' pastry in my Granny's kitchen at a very tender age, many years ago, but I still use my Grandmother's pastry recipes. Learning to make pastry was fun and I still enjoy cooking; even more since I set up a guest house, Les Trois Chenes or 'The Three Oaks', in deepest, rural...
18. What Is A Kiss?
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:14:25
Some of us like kissing more than others and we all have a story or two to tell about our own personal relationship to the kiss but once you look into this quirky little ritual you might find that there's more to kissing than meets the eye. So what is a kiss, why do we love kissing and what are t...
19. International Scrapbooking Day
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:53
International Scrapbooking Day is held annually on the 4th March and US National Scrapbooking Day is the first Saturday in May. There seems to be some confusion on the web between the two but either way Spring is clearly the perfect time to start that scrapbook or memory book! Do you have a mount...
20. Naughty Dog Stories From Les Trois Chenes
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:57
Molly our beautiful English Pointer is loyal, loving, energetic, sporadically disobedient and sometimes she's a very, very naughty dog. These are some Very Naughty Dog stories.... like the time she ate our Christmas Cake, destroyed our chairs or swallowed the soap.
We are enjoying the good life,...
21. Tour Eiffel Tower
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:42:00
Born from the pure engineering genius of Gustave Eiffel, the Tour Eiffel or Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris and France, and an urban icon that is recognised and loved the world over - as powerful as the red white and blue of the French flag itself. The two are often combined in images, ...
22. Who is Honey Boo Boo?
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:10:17
Who is Honey Boo Boo Child and why is she famous? Love her or hate her Honey Boo Boo is one hot topic. 'Who is Honey Boo Boo?' was one of the most asked questions of Google in 2012. I didn't know who Honey Boo Boo is so I thought I'd better get aquainted with just who Honey Boo Boo (or Honey Boo ...
23. What to Pack for a Trip to France
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:42:30
What to pack for your trip to France, or trip to Europe, if you're flying on low budget flights is quite a challenge these days. Many people have no knowledge of what their chosen French holiday destination is like, or they have very unrealistic expectations of the weather in France. Other holida...
24. Red Red Lips
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:27
What do your red lips say about you? Do you love your red red lipstick? Red is a potent colour, it's highly symbolic with powerful meanings both in nature and culture. Red is hot! Red red lips are perfect for Valentine's Day. Red red lips are so retro and so Hollywood.
So many cool words for thi...
25. Gift Ideas for Francophiles - or Lovers of France
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:01
Doesn't the one you love deserve a Taste of France? Traditionally a place for lovers because France is just so romantic, it's no wonder that so many people the world over love France and all things French. France is famous for gorgeous food and fabulous wine but there's so much more as well and t...
26. Carving Pumpkin Ideas
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:33
Halloween, pumpkins and fall make autumn fun and special. Time to carve those pumpkin lanterns but are you stuck for new carving pumpkin ideas for Halloween? Want a more grown up and sophisiticated pumkin for your Halloween party? How about making a Kirikou and the Sorceress pumpkin lantern? Scar...
27. Scary Stories for Kids at Halloween
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:31
How do you choose the best Halloween Stories for Kids? It's great fun to gather around a candle or the fireside on Halloween and read ghostly stories to children, but it isn't easy to choose the best ones.
This is my own personal list of the best books for Halloween. They're stories that I've lo...
28. Peter Rabbit Gifts for Kids
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:26
You really can't go wrong with Peter Rabbit gifts for kids. Both girls and boys love Peter. Since Beatrix Potter first published the Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, more than 151 million copies of the Peter Rabbit books have been sold in 35 languages. What better testament to the continuing hold th...
29. Fat Rat Cakes for Halloween
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:30
Need some Halloween party ideas? These fat rat and mini mouse cakes for Halloween will make the kids squirm with - (delight?). It is just so delicious, quick and easy cake recipe.
I've based this recipe on the cakes that we used to love as children. We called them 'rum truffles' and this is a no...
30. Chocolate Diamonds For Valentines Day
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:38
If diamonds are a girls best friend then what could be better to keep your honey sweet on Valentine's Day than chocolate or champagne diamonds?
White diamonds used to be the diamond of choice, but now coloured diamonds are prized too. These wonderful diamonds in sparkling shades of brown from ch...
31. Discover Videix for a Family Holiday in France
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:52
Videix is a tiny hamlet situated in the Natural Park of Perigord-Limousin on the borders of the regions of Limousin, the Dordogne and the Charente and it's just perfect for family holidays in France all the year round.
In summer the countryside is beautiul and we are surrounded by lush meadows, ...
32. Highgate Cemetery London
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:35:07
Highgate cemetery in North London, UK is a beautiful, amazing and entrancing place. The cemetery is archaic, historic, poetic, wild, overgrown and adorned and watched over by a flock of stone guardian angels.
The angels of Highgate are mournful and dignified. They are young and old. But it's not...
33. Old Baby Names Old Fashioned Baby Names are Back
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:16
Old fashioned names are back! The latest trend in baby names are the vintage names of our Grandmothers and Grandfathers. We are calling our new babies by the old names and retro names - Ava and Jacob top the lists of the most popular baby names of 2013 along with Ruby, Noah, Amelia and Caleb.
34. The Feast of the Guardian Angels
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:44:07
The Feast of the Guardian Angels takes place on 2 October (or sometimes on the first Sunday in September). The Feast of Guardian the Angels is an ancient celebration and the roots date back to the 4th Century when Catholics would honour the Guardian Angels by setting up altars to them.
35. Lipstick - Colour Your Lips Flower
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:32
Colour your lips bright and beautiful if you want to get noticed. Fun and fabulous lipstick colour lips luscious. Pouty and plump - pump up those lips and apply that lip stick and lip gloss to get maximum attention.
We're talking natural but not shrinking violet natural lip stick - we're talking...
36. Christmas Pie Plate Gift Ideas
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:20
Christmas is such a special time, a time for giving, for refection, for feasting and for celebrating the birth of Christ. It's also a festivity based on a much older celebration that took part in the early winter, and who doesn't need a bit of cheer in the depths of the coldest time of the year?
37. Gift Ideas - Pie Dishes, Pie Birds and Bakeware
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:14:26
When you look back to what made you really happy, do you ever think the pies your grandmother used to make? Those well-used pie dishes, those blackbird pie birds that peeked out from an old-fashioned apple pie. The best gift ideas are simple gifts that make us truly happy. Why not take up baking ...
38. The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:15:01
The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
Peter Rabbit, created by Beatrix Potter, lives on in in this charming, brand new story book for children, The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit. It is not written by Beatrix Potter though, but by the famous Oscar winning actress and screen writer,...
39. A Valentine Breakfast Menu
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:01:49
Valentine's Day is a good excuse to go over the top with our breakfast menu and I'm always looking out for good breakfast ideas for our bed and breakfast in Limousin, South West France, especially for special celebrations, when we want to serve the best breakfast ever. I do like to have a healthy...
40. Peter Rabbit Christmas Gifts
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:14:12
"Hello there! I'm Peter Rabbit and I was born in 1893, though I couldn't say that it was at Christmas! What I can say is that I owe my existance to Beatrix - Beatrix Potter, who has been like a mother to me. I can also say that every since my birth, children have loved me. Beatrix has put me in t...
41. Oradour sur Glane - Martyr Village
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:27:31
2014 is the 70th Anniversary of Oradour-sur-Glane. It is now 70 years since the buildings were burned and the inhabitants killed. Why was the small French town of Oradour-sur-Glane burnt to the ground on the 10th June 1944, and 642 of its people massacred?
The sleepy French town of Oradour-sur-G...
42. School of Art - Learn How to Paint and Draw
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:06:57
Welcome to my on-line School of Drawing and Painting. I'm a professional artist trained in painting and drawing. I have experience teaching in schools, colleges and centres of adult education and now I run painting holidays in Limousin, South West France.
This virtual school is online, so you ca...
43. The Angels Share
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:03:15
The Angels Share, is the latest film by the British film maker Ken Loach and has been dubbed the Scottish Full Monty. The Angels' Share is a comedy set in Glasgow, Scotland and the plot centres around the Scottish whisky industry.
Set to be another spectacular success for Loach, The Angels' Shar...
44. Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:50:48
Black diamonds. Coal. In this book, 'Black Diamonds, the Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty', Catherine Bailey takes you on a walk through the history of coal in twentieth century England and a walk through the lives of the members of an English land owning family made rich by coal.
In 1902 a f...
45. Pigeon Pie Recipe From My Grandmothers Kitchen
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:39
Pigeon pie was an old favourite and pigeons were an important food source historically in Western Europe. They were kept for their eggs, flesh, and dung, but it's not a meat you see often these days. A pity because, like other game meats, it's both healthy and tasty.
Usually considered a delicac...
46. Christmas Gifts for Cognac Lovers
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:37
Cognac of course - but after that? Get into the Christmas spirit with these specially chosen best Christmas gifts for Cognac Lovers. Are you looking for gift ideas for someone who loves brandy and Cognac?
These gifts for lovers of Cognac are perfect for Christmas but also ideal for Fathers Day, ...
47. The Gardens of Limousin France
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:35
Discover the secret gardens of Limousin and discover this little-known region of France for yourself. Leave behind the noise, the bustle, the grime and pollution and change it for clean air, sparkling water and the lush green of an area redolent of times gone by.
Limousin is called "the hidden h...
48. Barbara Palvin, Barbara Mori and Other Famous People Named Barbara
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:52:00
Women called Barbara have become famous through the ages for their brains, beauty, and talent but there are not so very many famous people named Barbara. Whilst Barbara is an old name with a long history, it has never been a very common name.
The celebrities, stars, politicians and Queen, all ca...
49. Grow Your Own Medlars
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:32
It's so nice to grow your own medlars. These old-fashioned fruits were popular in Victorian times but have since fallen from favour, so growing them yourself is possibly the only way to get your hands on these unusual fruits!
The medlar is a small, pretty tree with a rather gnarled, 'Japanese' h...
50. Lantana Lane by Eleanor Dark - Book Review and Companion
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:27
I'm an avid reader but I'd never heard of Lantana Lane or it's author, Eleanor Dark,until just recently. Why not? This is a novel packed with complex ideas, beautifully written but with a simple narrative: an affectionate portrait of a tiny farming community in New South Wales, Australia. A group...
51. All About Shoes and Feet
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:20
When you arrive in the world you are blessed with perfect little feet and don't we all wish that we could have kept them in the pink?
Our feet are important to us. Just look around you; at shops full of shoes, pictures of shoes and feet, publicity on TV for footwear and foot care. See how often ...
52. Oh La La - Cute French Poodle and Canine Friends Go to Market in France
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:05
I spotted this very fine French fellow, and his dog, in the fabulous street market of Piegut-Pluviers in the Dordogne, S W France. Very French it is too, as you can see from the many canine cuties out and about, not to mention all the fabulous French products on sale there. Every Wednesday mornin...
53. The Les Trois Chenes Recipe Book
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:56
I'm an enthusastic cook and gardener and when we moved out into rural Limousin, I was delighted to embrace the rural lifestyle and local recipes. I have quite a collection of recipes now and the next step is to bring them together into one book.
Part of the fun of living in the country is being ...
54. International Kissing Day
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:33
Are your lips ready for International Kissing Day? Are they truly kissable? Ready to kiss the world in a day?
National Kissing Day started out in the United Kingdom but kissing is such fun that this is one holiday that's gone international, making July the 6th World Kiss Day, so you better be ge...
55. The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:01
My copy of The Intimate Adventures Of A London Call Girl by Belle de Jour has arrived! It came flying through the post just a few days ago and I've nearly finished it already. It is a seriously good read.
'Belle de Jour' - what a beautiful name! It is, of course, a morning glory, those lovely (b...
56. Pyrex Pie Dishes Are Cookware Classics
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:48:52
Who doesn't remember Pyrex? Pyres pie dishes and cookware seems to have been with us all our lives and, indeed, Pyrex glass bakeware products are to be found in an estimated eighty percent of American homes. I'm sure that goes for many other countries too. Pyrex has all the hallmarks of a real cl...
57. What is Crying?
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:54:33
Are you a cry baby? Do you shed a tear from time to time in happiness or misery? Of course you do - you're only human after all!
Chances are that you've taken tears and crying totally for granted, but once you take a moment or two to think about crying and why we cry, you'll realise that there a...
58. Beatrix Potter - Mycologist
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:39:06
Beatrix Potter is well known for her story books for children, but she's less well known as a mycologist - someone who studies fungi. Is this so surprising, though, when you see the charming illustrations for some of her best known works: The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of Peter Rabbit or...
59. Quick and Easy Exotic Turkish Dessert Recipe - Irmik Helvasi
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:24:16
This is my husband's version of the Turkish dessert recipe for Irmik Helvasi that he remembers so fondly from his childhood in Turkey. To remind himself of those happy, family times he often makes this gorgeous dish for our family - we love it! A great favourite with our friends and our Bed and B...
60. Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:23
In Accordion Crimes Annie Proulx describes the experience of individuals and groups of immigrants who came to America in the late 19th and 20th century through several stories linked together by the journey of a small, green accordion.
We see how the dreams and hopes of the people who flocked fr...
61. Pencil Drawing - How to Get Started
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:27:17
How to draw in pencil. Getting started is often the hardest part and so this guide to pencil drawing and pencil drawing techniques is designed to point you in the right direction.
I've devised a few exercises in pencil drawing to help you get the best out of your art materials, to show you the r...
62. The Most Romantic Wedding Venue in France
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:10:59
Why not get married in France? Star in your own movie when you get married in this film star setting at the Domaine des Etangs. A romantic castle reflected in a lake, surrounded by green fields and not a road or neighbour as far as the eye can see. What could be more magical than a chateau weddin...
63. How to Grow Pumpkins for Halloween
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:27:17
Of course you can just buy a pumpkin at Halloween, but how much better it would be to start right at the beginning and grow your own, and it's fun and educational for the kids.
"But", you'll say, "we haven't room to grow pumpkins." Well, that may be true, but if you have even a small garden, I e...
64. Christmas Cake Traditions
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:29
Christmas was always a wonderful affair at my Aunty Jenny's. She always baked the best Christmas cake and the best Christmas puddings, but it was the traditions and customs surrounding the food, and the cake in particular that always made it so very special.
My Aunty Jenny was really my great au...
65. Xbox 360 Slim Console
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:41
The new Xbox 360 with features like a glossy black finish and quiet run is so much slicker and sleeker than the older version.
Ever been plagued by the old red ring of death? The Xbox was prone to over-heating and the noise problems, caused by its three fans, has now been resolved by incorporati...
66. What is Roast Egg
Video Games - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:02:15
This roast egg with the wry smiley face really is mine. My first attempt to roast an egg.
Roast eggs are all the rage and I had never heard of a roasted egg, let alone tasted one. Straight away I consulted my Granny's trusty and ancient cookbook - nothing. I just had to find out more. My first q...
67. Green Pendants and Necklaces
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:32
It's spring and all the world is turning green and it just so happened that I was looking for special gift of jewelry for a very special friend. I decided on a bright green pendant necklace to match her coloring, but also her calm and peaceful personality. It's said that green stones bring health...
68. Online School of Art Tutorial Index
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:24:21
The BLW School of Art has just been born, so this list of lessons is very short indeed at the moment. Eventually I hope that this painting and drawing course will take three years. It will have a reading list, advice on which materials to buy, projects, tutorials, exhibitions and a meeting place,...
69. Neil Gaiman Neverwhere
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:42:01
Nevewhere is not so far away when you live in London. In the novel Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman you are closer than you think to another world and, like the other world in Alice Through the Looking Glass, Neverwhere is a mirror image of London as we know it, but distorted, dark and dangerous. London...
70. Limousin France
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:50
Limousin is one of France's best kept secrets, and because few people know about the beauty of the landscape, richness of culture, depth of history and strength of traditions of Limousin, it has retained a welcoming authenticity and charm. This collection of articles seeks to spread the word a li...
71. Winged Angel Open Heart Diamond Pendant Necklace
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:23
Give The Precious Gift of A Guardian Angel Pendant Necklace
An angel heart pendant necklace says it all: a guardian angel who will always be close by, a heart for love, diamonds to say that love will last forever and the purity and simplicity of silver.
This is the pendant I've put on my Christma...
72. Five Great Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:34
Well, you don't have to eat pumpkin, but what a waste of a delicious, healthy and season vegetable if you don't! At Halloween, when we make our pumpkin lanterns, we end up with a whole lot of fabulous pumpkin flesh and pumpkin seeds that you can make into wonderful pumpkin treats..
At our Guest ...
73. How to Line a Cake Tin
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:30
If you are baking some kinds of cake, for example fruit cakes, Christmas cake and other large or celebratory cakes, you will have to line the cake tin. This is easy to do once you know how, but if you don't have anyone around to point you in the right direction, have a look at these helpful hints...
74. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:48
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is one of the great classics of children's literature. Don't be put off by the illustrations if you think they look a bit dated, children don't notice such things and by now this book is vintage - not old-fashioned in the least!
The story is simple enough on the surface...
75. Learn to Draw and Paint - An Introduction
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:20:18
This is an introduction to your painting and drawing course in the BLW School of Art and it includes Project No. 1: Keeping a Sketch Book.
In this article I'll outline the way that you'll learn to draw and paint. I suggest that you visit art galleries, learn a little about the way that we see an...
76. Country Cottage Limousin France
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:14:45
Have you ever thought of running away to a secret hideaway in the sun? Did you never dream of that picture-postcard country cottage in rural France? Do you day-dream long to live the the good life in some quiet and tranquil place? I had such dreams and I turned them into reality when I bought an ...
77. 101 Cookbooks by UK Celebrity Chefs
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:45:26
Don't you just love celebrity chefs? I'm glued to the box when celebrity TV-chefs appear, and so is the whole of the British Nation! We don't cook so much but we love our chefs. So why are the British so devoted to their UK celebrity chefs?
Maybe it's because, although we don't have time to cook...
78. The School of Art Shop
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:54:44
Hello, and welcome to the Art Shop. This is the place where I'll be storing my art supply suggestions from the other articles, which together will form my on- line school of art. This shop will grow gradually as I add projects and content to the course.
Each project will have a list of any art s...
79. A Black Pearl Valentine Gift for Him and Her
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:55
Dark, smouldering, deep - the black pearl - is it right for your sweetheart? If your Valentine is deep and sensuous, dark and mysterious, sultry and exotic, or if your Valentine is a lover of symbolism, poetry, mythology and beauty, then a black pearl gift is perfect.
Overflow with generosity - ...
80. Pie Recipes from my Grandmother's Kitchen
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:38:30
This is my Grandmother.
She was born around the turn of the century, the daughter of a cook who worked in grand houses, producing rich food for rich people. My Grandmother, however, baked good, plain food for good, plain people. My Grandmother was renown for her pie recipes, and she certainly kn...
81. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:42:32
The hare with amber eyes is a netsuke, a small Japanese carving, and Edmund de Waal makes this tiny hare the starting point of an exploration of his family history. He begins a journey which takes him, both figuratively and literally, from Odessa, a city on the western borders of Imperial Russia,...
82. Les Trois Chenes Writing on HubPages
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:26
HubPages was the first love of my life before I met Squidoo! Both are great places to write, to get advice and tips and to meet like-minded people.
I began writing about Les Trois Chenes, or 'The Three Oaks', my bed and breakfast, holiday cottage and painting holidays near Rochechouart in Limous...
83. Limousin Region Books and Guides
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:29
Everything is secret in Limousin (Limousin is called hidden France) so if you havent heard of Limousin, let alone know of any books about the Limousin region, Ill forgive you! I live in Limousin and have been looking for information about the area, and even so Ive found it hard to unearth books a...
84. Famous Artists Paintings in Yellow
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:06
Why do people love yellow paintings so much? Why so we love artists who loved yellow? The color yellow is so uplifting and yellow paintings, like the sunflower series by Vincent van Gogh really cheer us up, but have you ever stopped to think about the history of the yellow painting? How many all-...
85. Easter Greetings Cards
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:39:05
At last I've made my very own collection of Easter greetings cards. All my own work!
The pictures have been taken at Les Trois Chenes, our B&B and holiday cottage in Limousin, South West France and feature our garden flowers and cute feathered friends.
Les Trois Chenes is an old, traditional Fr...
86. Pure Andrew Miller
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:21:00
Pure by Andrew Miller is a story set in Paris in 1785, pestilence and revolution are in the air. The problem? The cemetery, Les Innocents, in the centre of Paris is full, it stinks and it's poisoning Paris. The task - to empty the cemetery and to make it pure.
The person charged with purifying P...
87. White Lipstick Color
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:24:23
When I think of pale, pale lipstick and white, white lipstick it takes me back to the swinging 60's in London. From the well-rounded women with deep red lip colors of the 50's, the frail looking models like Twiggy suddenly popped up with huge, darkly painted eyes and pale, pale skin and pale or e...
88. The Asparagus Season
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:19
Asparagus has been called 'The Prince of Vegetables', 'The King of Vegetables' and 'The Queen of Vegetables' and, as such, the asparagus season is celebrated most royally!
The Asparagus plant, (Asparagus officinalis), is a perennial vegetable of the Lily family, (although it looks nothing like a...
89. How to Make a Heat Pad in a Trice
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:33
Heat pads, or heat packs, are used to relieve pain when suffering from a variety of conditions such as arthritis, rheumatic pain, sciatica, bursitis, sore muscles and muscle spasm, sprains, daily stress.
Simple and effective, they come in many shapes and forms but all have the same quality - the...
90. How To Make Soft Boiled Eggs
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:40
How hard can it be to soft boil an egg? Really, boiling an egg must be kids play - no? Ok, if it's so easy to soft boil eggs, why are 22,200 people asking Google "How to Soft Boil Eggs" every month? Why did celebrity chef Delia Smith start her famous How To Cook series with how to boil an egg? It...
91. Best Christmas Gifts for Artists
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:04:15
What is the best and most useful gift? Knowledge. The best gifts for the artist in your life is the gift of knowing the basics of how to paint and draw, and what could be nicer than combining this with a wonderful holiday?
Choose a painting holiday or an art break that will be relaxing, thought ...
92. The Big Limousin Almanac
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:21:22
This is a story told in pictures and text about the region of Limousin, my home since 2002. I moved here from England with my family to live 'the good life' and to invite others to share this life with us, even if only for a little time.
We've spent eight years setting up painting holidays and b...
93. Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Recipe for Halloween - Trick or Treat?
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:41
Every year at about this time of the year, (October - it's nearly Halloween!), I take myself down to the vegetable garden at our B&B in France, Les Trois Chenes, where I tend and crop my Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus also known as topinambour or sunchokes) to make soup. Perfect for a...
94. Jamie Oliver Gift Guide
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:30:18
Over the last few weeks I've been glued to TV chef Jamie Oliver's latest series: Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. The recipes are, as ever, as promised and of the highest standards and Jamie Oliver cookbooks are best sellers every year, especially at Christmas - just like Jamie's other products.
95. Fabulous Faberge Egg Valentine Gifts
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:21:20
What a great Valentine's Day surprise one of these gorgeous Faberg style egg gifts would be for her on Valentine's day! These Faberg egg pendant necklaces and trinket boxes are intricately decorated and sumptuously beautiful but do you know the royal story behind faberg egg?
The story of the Fab...
96. Royal Baby Names
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:55:06
Tension rose as the due dates for Kate and William's royal baby came - and went - but eventually, at 4.24 pm the little one arrived and it's a boy! The question now is, what will the little prince be called?
Old fashioned names are back in fashion and with the royal baby on the way parent's thou...
97. Pencil Drawing - Line and Tone
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:56
This is the second pencil drawing tutorial in our painting and drawing course and this is designed to explore further the quality of line and tone produced by the pencil. Colour is excluded, to some degree, by setting up a white only still life and we are going to create three drawings: two line ...
98. Jam Making Equipment
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:55
Why do I need jam making equipment? Why should I make jam and jelly?
There's nothing like home made jam and jelly, especially if you use fruits and vegetables from the garden or pick them from the wild. Take advantage of that autumn glut of cheap and free food to make homemade jams and jellies.
99. The Name Barbara
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:38:30
Barbara. What's really in a name? I began to look into names, the meaning of names and baby name fashions and I found it all absolutely fascinating. My name is Barbara. Not a very popular baby name at the moment (names like Ava, Olivia, Emma and Grace are top baby girls names for 2013) but I'd ha...
100. Marinaleda is The Village Against The World
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:14:30
Dan Hancox Discovers the Utopian Village of MarinaledaAn 'Intentional Community' in Southern Spain
We are all looking for Utopia and now I believe I know where it is!I spent a wonderful holiday in Andalusia last year - thanks to kind friends with a beautiful holiday home complex there so when I ...
101. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:31
Don't be put off by the title - in her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka tells us an hilarious cautionary tale about her 84 year old father, an emigrant from the Ukraine, who marries Valentina, a much younger 'blond bombshell' from the Ukraine. Valentina is des...
102. Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:14:12
Stig of the Dump by Clive King is 50!
Hard to believe that a book that my father bought me when I was a child is now 50 years old and it has certainly stood the test of time. I still have Stig of the Dump and I gave it in turn to my son. We loved reading it together and it brought back wonderful...
103. Chabanais Fall Harvest Festival France
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:42:30
Chabanais fall harvest festival, called Les Journees de la Quintinie is one of the highlights of the year in the Limousin / Haute Charente area. It takes place annually on the first weekend in October. Stalls are open on Saturday and Sunday. This quiet market town is buried deep in the heart of r...
104. Black Pudding Breakfast Recipe
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:24:23
Black is Back! This time in the guise of the traditional Black Pudding. If you would like to know how to make black pudding or you're looking for a Black Pudding Breakfast Recipe then you've come to the right place.
As a Brit who as brought up in Yorkshire, Educated in Scotland, worked in Lancas...
105. About Chocolate and Chocolates
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:30
What could be sweeter than chocolate? Don't we all, (or almost all), love chocolate and chocolates? It's our lust for chocolates that makes them such popular gifts, but did you ever stop to ask yourself, "What is chocolate?", or "Where does chocolate come from?", or "How is chocolate made?", or "...
106. The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:31
In Pillars of the Earth the author, Ken Follet is an historical novel that paints a vivid picture of the building of a cathedral and the everyday details of medieval life in England in all its glory.
He sets his epic story at the time when the cathedrals of Europe were shedding the old, solid ro...
107. Ten Luxury Christmas Gifts For Artists
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:07:13
That touch of luxury says it all. I'm a professional artist and I can vouch for the fact that artists just love those extra-special materials and tools that are just that little bit indulgent. Yes, you can use cheaper materials, and in many cases a large quantity of cheap material is best for stu...
108. How to Cook Your Own Christmas Gifts
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:01:59
Christmas can be so expensive but you can cook your own luxurious Christmas gifts yourself. Home made Christmas gifts are lovely - they capture the real spirit of Christmas and are so personal. If you combine that with the traditional way of showing love - through the provision of food, you have ...
109. Beatrix Potter Easter Gifts
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:15:26
If you're looking for an Easter gift for a child or an adult, then look no further than Beatrix Potter.
Beatrix Potter's charming tales of cuddly bunnies are just perfect for Easter. Perhaps the post popular and and best known character is the adorable but naughty Peter Rabbit, who appeared in 1...
110. Cafetieres - French Press Coffee Makers
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:14:32
How to make the best coffee? That was the question that I needed to answer when I set up my Bed and Breakfast in France.
I've always liked a nice cup of coffee and for me the best coffee is milky, not too strong or bitter. You can see I'm more a coffee aficionado than a coffee connoisseur so I h...
111. Save with Jamie Shop Smart Cook Clever Waste Less
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:09
Jamie Oliver, TV chef extraordinaire, food and education campaigner and all-round local hero has a new cookbook - Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less. In just one title Jamie tackles the reduction in spending power of families due to the credit crisis, food and food shopping educ...
112. Gift Ideas for Saint Patrick's Day
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:04
Someone would be green with envy at the very thought of these green and gorgeous shamrock gift ideas for Saint Patrick s Day - straight from the emerald Isle. Who wouldn't be delighted with one of these emerald-green beauties on St Patrick's Day?
Why green? Why the Shamrock? Why is the Shamrock ...
113. The Curriculum Vitae of an Artistic Soul
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:09
How fitting! I uploaded my CV onto this lens with lists of education and employment, dates and exhibitions, but this is only the bare bones of the real meaning of Curriculum vitae which can be translated from Latin into this beautifully wide and all-encompassing phrase; the course of my life.
114. Cath Kidston iPhone 4 Shopping Guide
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:24:21
Looking for an iPhone 4 case that's pretty, cool and has a vintage twist? You can't go wrong with Cath Kidston. Who?
Cath Kidston is a English designer with a love of the traditional, vintage and shabby chic and people all over the world have taken her bright and cheerful designs to their hearts...
115. How to Make the Nastiest Nibbles for Halloween
Computers & Electronics - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:39:05
Are you planning a Halloween party and are you looking for fun Halloween nibble ideas that are so easy the kids can make them? These are just a few ideas for seasonal Halloween party food that will tickle the fancy of your kids, and they are so simple that they can join in the fun and help to mak...
116. Who is Marina Lewycka
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:05
Marina Lewycka, of Ukranian origin, was born in 1946 in a British-run refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II. She was brought up in England and progressed through the education system to become a well-known and much-loved writer.
Her first book is A Short History of Tractors in Ukraini...
117. Pictures for Backgrounds in Squidoo Lenses
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:23:12
So I'm starting this lens and publishing it now. If you have fallen upon it, please be patient. It will develope and it will grow. I'm trying out background images along the lines of Sojourn's lens HTML for Backgrounds (an excellent article unfortunately unpublished by Squidoo) for my list of len...
118. Royal Baby Boy Names
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:24:16
Oh Boy! He's here! Time to get acquainted with royal baby boy names because on Monday 22nd July 2013 the Prince of Cambridge and heir to the British throne, was born in London at 4.24 in the afternoon. Now we are all waiting to hear what will the royal baby name be.
The choices for the royal bab...
119. Decorate Your Winter Home with Bulbs and Flowers
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:17:49
Is your winter home bursting with colour and the freshness of spring? Cheap and cheerful, winter bulbs and flowers will brighten up your home throughout the dark months.
Christmas is lovely, but, lets face it, after that the home in winter can be just that teeny bit dull. Now, you might think ab...
120. The Black Lipstick
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:10:29
Way back, at the start of Punk, you couldnt buy black lipstick you had to get creative and make your own black lipstick look. I remember at the dawn of Punk using black eyeliner or kohl and finishing it off with a slick of lip gloss (cherry flavour). It played havoc with the lips!
You dont have...
121. The Eyebrow is Back!
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:54
This Spring the hottest beauty tip is to get the big eyebrow. High definition eyebrows are big this year thanks to stars like Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian and top model Cara de Lavigne.
You need to start your eyebrow work-out now to get your brows in shape - the old power-brow has transformed itsel...
122. Mr Selfridge
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:26
Mr Selfridge hit the scenes running! Based on the biography, Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead Mr Selfridge the TV series straddles the period from the Belle Epoche at the turn of the century to the the First World War and beyond. Massive social and technological changes were...
123. Faberge Egg Easter Gifts
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:10
These Faberge style eggs are so rich, so luscious, so sumptuous they make the perfect gift for Easter. Of course you could buy a real Faberge Egg for Easter, but that will set you back a bit! You can buy Faberge egg replicas and you can definitely afford to buy one of these beautiful eggs for Eas...
124. Rifling Through My Drawers
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:24:21
Clarissa Dickson Wright, famously one of 2 Fat Ladies takes us on a fabulous foodie jaunt through Britain in her book Rifling Through My Drawers. As you might expect from the title, this book is highly humorous, outspoken, contentious and passionate and hugely entertaining. Clarissa Dickson Wrigh...
125. How to Make Pancakes!
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:43:40
Teach your children how to make pancakes - English style. Kids love them and making pancakes is child's play! why is making English pancakes so much fun? The secret is in the tossing!
One of the first cooking basics that I taught my son was how to make English pancakes, so why not teach your kid...
126. Honey Boo Boo Halloween
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:15:34
Boo! It's Halloween and a name like Honey Boo Boo is just made for Halloween pranks. Here's how to put together your very own Honey Boo Boo Halloween costume for some really sweet fun.
Who is Honey Boo Boo? For the few who haven't yet heard of Honey Boo Boo Child and her wacky family in the TV s...
127. My Valentine's Day Music
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:41
I live in France and it's no coincidence that it rhymes with Romance! What could be more romantic than to pass Valentine's Day in this wonderful country of food, wine and love?
This collection of love songs and romantic music for Valentine's Day was compiled on the 14th February 2013 for my own ...
128. Acrylic Paint Mediums
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:40:43
Love painting but don't like oils because they are messy, smelly and take forever to dry? With acrylics and acrylic mediums you can paintings with a wide range of possibilities but without the fuss.
Acrylic paints are clean and water soluble so you don't need those odorous thinners that give off...
129. Angel Silver Diamonds Sweethearts Pendant
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:42:28
A Pink Angel Heart Pendant Necklace
Angel jewelry to say 'I love you'
Romantic at heart? How sweet is this baby pink love heart pendant with the word 'angel' picked out in diamonds? This is the gift our family chose for our newest member - little Tamsin Angelina - our very own little angel.
130. Property for Sale Hebden Bridge
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:22
Looking for property for sale in Hebden Bridge? This house, on the hillsides overlooking the town of Hebden Bridge, is for sale; it could be the home of your dreams!
5 Chiserley Field Side is one of a short terrace of houses known as Chiserley Field Side in Wadsworth, Old Town, just yards away f...
131. Les Trois Chenes Lensography
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:22
I joined Squidoo in 2010 with the intention of writing articles about my life in Limousin, South West France. My family and I arrived at our old, French farm house, Les Trois Chenes, in the tiny hamlet of Videix in 2002 and now, nearly ten years later, I'm running painting holidays, a bed and bre...
132. Miss Garnets Angel by Salley Vickers
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:26:11
Do you have guardian angel? Miss Garnet does! In Miss Garnet's Angel Salley Vickers tells the story of a spinsterish older woman who takes an apartment in the Campo dell Angelo Raphaele in Venice and here she discovers the story of Tobias and the Angel, rediscovers the beauty and pleasure of life...
133. Squidoo Facebook Group
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:17:58
Why would you want to join a Squidoo Facebook group? I didn't know of any other groups when I started a fb group for Squidoo lens masters but I felt that I needed one to really get to know other Squids better. I had joined HubPages and found their community forums welcoming. They had a mechanism ...
134. A Home In France - The Joy of Spring
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:27:30
Are you looking for a home in France? You couldn't live in a lovelier place than Limousin, or buy property in France at a better time, but you might have to look hard to find it! Limousin is called the hidden region of France because so few people know that it exists, so it remains tranquil and q...
135. Who Killed Cock Robin
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:21:20
As a child I used to visit my Great Aunt and Uncle and I loved read the sad tale of Cock Robin in the ancient Nursery Rhyme book that they had bought for their little son. Sadly, he died at the age of four from diphtheria - my Aunt and Uncle didn't believe in immunization. Perhaps this makes the ...
136. Les Trois Chenes RSS Feed Lensography
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:31
There comes a time in the life of a Squidoo lensmaster when the number of lenses becomes a bit too much, so when I stumbled across Kim Giancaterino's RSS Lensography, I decided to follow suite. After all "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" - Charles Caleb Colton
This is the result. A s...
137. Squidoo Matchmaking for Valentines Day
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:26
Get together on Squidoo on Valentine's Day. Just for a bit of Valentine's Day fun I've devised a matchmaking lens for Squidooers - a sort of professional dating agency for members of the Squidoo community and lovers of Squidoo to maximize team-working.
The people I've met on Squidoo are busy peo...
138. Baby Registry Checklist
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:12:05
This is my very own little Christmas gift! Our son born two months early, arrived just in time for Christmas. We were first time parents and it was quite a surprise when our baby arrived in November instead of January - no time for baby showers or baby shopping. Fortunately a great friend came to...
139. Charcoal Sticks for Artists
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:34
I needed charcoal sticks - quickly - for a life drawing class that I'm going to attend next week and I found it quite hard to find charcoal on line, so this article is born from desperation on my part!
First I had to find the right words to put into the search engines - charcoal is used for many...
140. The Easter Egg Hunt
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:34
It isn't always easy to think of Easter activities for kids, but the Easter egg hunt is a real winner. Every year at Les Trois Chenes, our B&B in South West France, I organize an Easter Egg Hunt for our children and for the children of guests and I like to try to make rhyming Easter egg hunt clue...
141. All About Frost and Frosts
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:39:05
Frosty mornings make winter so special. Children love stories of Jack Frost and marvel at the ferny, frost patterns on the icy windows. Isn't it wonderful to see the sun glistening on frosted grass or see the plant edged with iced lace?
Here, at our B&B in Limousin, the heart of rural France, wi...
142. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:41:15
More Tales of Peter Rabbit? The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit? How can it be true? Anyone who, as a child, loved the tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter will be delighted to hear that there is one more, brand new tale and this time written by Emma Thompson.
"It all began when an English lady...
143. Royal Baby Girl Names
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:38:30
Everyone is so excited about Kate and William's new royal baby and speculation is running high as to what the baby name will be. Royal names, traditional names and old-fashioned names are all back in fashion so to help any parents-to-be find a right royal name for their baby girl, here is a list ...
144. The Matrix by Jonathan Aycliffe
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:09
The Matrix is a Spine-chilling Tale of Black Magic and Necromancy
Not the film which is all macs and dark glasses, but a real, good-old spooky tale of black magic and ghosts.
I'm listening to the series now on Radio 4 extra and enjoying it so much that I wanted to share (and record) the experie...
145. My Book Review List
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:09
My book review list is a collection of my favourite books; but not all my favourite books, this is a list of the books that I've reviewed.
They're not really the run-of-the-mill book review either - there are many better book reviews available than mine. What I try to do is to provide a bit of t...
146. Classic Gothic Horror Novels
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:14:30
"It was a dark and stormy night" over Videix at Halloween - perfect weather for leafing through a classic Gothic novel whilst curled up on the sofa in front of the wood burning stove. Spine-chilling books for Halloween gifts and perfect Christmas ghost stories.
I've selected some of the best lov...
147. Greg Heffley Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:21:35
I'm the mother of a teenage boy and keen to encourage him to read so when I heard that The Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is tops with kids - officially - I was all ears and keen to find out more about this fantastically popular book that I hadn't even heard of.
The Wimpy Kid is more popular than Harr...
148. The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker is a Book for Halloween
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:10:18
The Journal of Bram Stoker - Creator of Dracula
Everybody knows about the arch vampire Count Dracula but fewer may know that the great classic Gothic novel Dracula was written by Bram Stoker. Recently, in true horror classic style, a long-lost journal written by the Irish novelist has come to li...
149. My Book List With All My Favourite Books
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:28
My best books 2013 is an on-line diary of all the books that I've read and enjoyed this year - my very own best books 2013. I've always loved reading and now I wish that I'd kept a record - a book diary - of all the marvelous books I've read. It's never too late - as they say and in the auspiciou...
150. My Selection of the Best Christmas Books for Kids
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:38
The gift of a classic children's book will last them a lifetime but it isn't very easy to choose the best Christmas books for children. I've gathered a list of all the old favourites - the very best Christmas stories and children's classics; all those books beloved by children over the years and ...
151. Ghostly Halloween Tales from City of York
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:27:34
Is the City of York the most haunted city in the world? I would like to think so. There are certainly many ghostly tales about the city.
I was brought to the city of York as a babe in arms over half a century ago and have lived here, off and on, ever since. Although I have tried to leave the cit...
152. Horse Meat Jokes
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:27:35
These are the best horse meat jokes from the 2013 horse meat scandal - these jokes just go to prove that the whole food and meat industry is no laughing matter!
The scandal came to light early in the year the news that horse DNA had been found in Tesco 'beef' burgers. The story quickly escalated...
153. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:27:34
This is a story of a story; a tale within a tale about Beatrix Potter's magical Christmas book, The Tailor of Gloucester. Arguably potter's best book, the original story was decorated with Christmas carols and festive music and talking animals brought to life with wonderful pictures drawn by Beat...
154. Sugared Flower Cake Decorations for Valentines Day
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:20:37
Sugared flowers, sweet and pretty, make perfect decorations for your Valentine desserts and cakes. Sugar frosting flowers seems to have fallen from fashion but now there is a new thirst for the old fashioned crafts and natural foods. What could be more charming than Valentine's Day flowers that y...
155. Neon Lipstick the New Lipstick Colours
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:43:15
Scream neon with new lipstick color. Neon is the hottest fashion color for spring 2013. Go get neon shades of lipstick to match neon fashion. Go subtle with neon flash accessories or clash neon colors. Shine out in the dark with neon shades of lipstick, fluoresce under black light and stand out f...
156. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:32:17
Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff Kinney will get your boys reading - and they will love it!
Greg Heffley is the said wimpy kid and, OK, hand up, I had never heard of Greg Heffley or Jeff Kinney (sorry) until I caught a mention on the radio. Even so it might have washed over me if I hadn't also taken in t...
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