Now high in the attics of the Berkshire and Wiltshire
Regimental Museum, The Wardrobe would once have acted for the secular
Salisbury Chapter as a store for bulky items and for receiving cloth in
The Warren House Sleeps 2
An eyecatcher for Kimbolton Castle
Once a dwelling for the warrener who managed the rabbits
on the estate, The Warren House was later adapted for use as an
eyecatcher for Vanbrugh’s magnificent Kimbolton Castle. The ground floor
is a cosy bedroom and you will probably live mostly in the first floor
chamber, making the most of the fine views of the castle hunkered in the
West Banqueting House, Chipping Campden Sleeps 2 + 2
With a large barrel vaulted chamber.
This extraordinary Jacobean building, with a large,
barrel vaulted chamber on the ground floor, is embellished with
strapwork parapets, basket finials and twisted chimneys, The remains of
Old Campden House, destroyed in 1645 by fire stand nearby.
The Villa Saraceno was built in c.1545 (and finished by
1555) for Biagio Saraceno. It is one of the earliest and most modest of
Andrea Palladio’s twenty or so surviving villas. Palladio (1508-80) was
one of the greatest Italian architects of the Renaissance, whose
influence spread across the world in the following centuries. Through
his careful studies of ancient Roman architecture, Palladio aimed to
recapture the splendour of antiquity.
The Mill that we see today seems to have been erected in about 1820, but
it probably replaces an earlier mill in a similar position. It was
built to serve the big arable farms of the region. The L-shaped building
is constructed of whinstone rubble laid in coarse lime mortar, and the
dressings are of pinkish brown sandstone quarried form Kilkivan. The
roof is of slate secured to 12" wide wooden sarking boards by wooden
pegs known as ‘dolls’.
Recovery from the hip op has rather occupied my life for the past seven weeks. Not only is there the frustration of being unable to bend down or walk without assistance but more disruptive, I have found, is having to sleep on my back. This might not sound serious but after about 90 minutes I want to turn over and that is banned. My solution is to get up and take a short walk to the bathroom and back. Then I usually settle for another 90 minutes. Sometimes, however, things come into my head which I feel need attention. And so it is that a few nights ago I composed this nocturnal exposee
Humpty Dumpty – the
Humpty Dumpty was a numpty
Humpty Dumpty was a fool
What possessed the silly egg
to climb upon that wall?
Did he listen to his mother
when she sent him out to play?
“Go to the park with Sam and
don't go near the palace wall”
When he fell as all knew he
And lay in pieces in the dust
They didn't send for men with
glue or a nurse who knew just what to do
Soldiers appeared with bucket
To scrape him up from where he
They took him for the king to
Then made an omelette for his tea
The king had wanted for his
A soft boiled egg in a cup
With toasted soldiers to dip and munch And a mug of Ovaltine to sup Thecaptain's wife afraid for
her love Had given our Humpty a little
Exactly a week ago to the minute I was woken from a deep and peaceful slumber in my room at Mercure Hotel in Bingley, West Yorks bu the fire alarm. So deeply asleep was I that on waking I was completely disorientated.I thought I was at home and could not understand why Margaret had not stopped the alarm. Despite repeated explanations I could not get my head around what was happening. Finding crutches in an unfamiliar room and getting out to the car park was all done in a state of semi-consciousness. The cold night air woke me up as I stepped out in my summer pyjamas.
Fortunately the alarm was set off by someone lighting a candle in their room and not by anything more life-threatening. However, if life had been in danger I seriously wonder if I would have coped: a corridor full of smoke, for instance, would only have added to my confusion I think.
Two fire appliances attended but were not exercised greatly.
One thing was very worrying: despite bring ingout some blankets for guests to keep warm, no effort was made at a roll call. Whether a real fire or a practice surely this is mandatory?
110 years and one month ago the German government adopted the Morse symbol ...---... as the distress call for ships at sea. The code represents the letters SOS but without gaps between the letters.
and often remembered by the mnemonic Save Our Souls. The sequence was not selected for that reason, however but for its ease of recognition: It is the only symbol in Morse with more than eight key presses. Although gaining international ratification the following year there was some resistance amongst Marconi operators to its use. When the Titanic was sinking their Marconi operator intermixed SOS and CQD signals. CQ had been in use on land to indicate an alert or precautionary message and originated in the French word Securite. Marconi adapted this for use at sea by adding D for distress to the symbol in 1904 but it never gained international recognition outside the Marconi operators. It is believed that the first use of SOS by a ship in distress was the Cunard liner Slavonia in 1910 The correct way to represent the distress symbol is SOSas it is a continuous transmission of nine characters and notthe three letters which it resembles.The sequence ...---... could also be represented in Morse as VTB, IJS, VGI, or SMB but SOS seems to have stuck.
With the advent of audio radio communications there was a need for a spoken distress term and in 1927 MAYDAY ( from the French m'aide - help me) was adopted.
Today is MayDay - 1.5.15
Built in 1580, the main function of Tixall Gatehouse was simply to
impress, to show off the wealth and power of its owner. Six years after
its construction, Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for two weeks.When it was acquired in 1968 by the Landmark Trust, it was
definitely a building at risk. Following the demolition of Tixall Hall
in 1927 it had stood abandoned. Its roof, floors and windows had gone,
and there was a danger that the walls too would soon begin to fall