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  • Decorating with the 1960s in mind

    While 1950s home styling was starting to gain some colour momentum it wasn’t until the 1960s that home décor became much louder. While the 50s focused on family values the 1960s were a time of change and rebellion with many different political and social events going on during this...
  • The Mighty Hawthorn By Stephen Melhuish …(Plant Sales Team Leader) at Nicholsons Nurseries, North Aston. Oxfordshire

    Although a number of flowers bridge the gap between winter and early spring none more than the mighty hawthorn in full bloom during May can claim its rightful place as the number one contender for heralding the arrival of ‘full-on’ spring. This plant is only second to the English...
  • What to do in the Garden: Jobs for May

    Summer is just around the corner, temperatures are beginning to rise but just as the days can get warmer the nights can get just as cold, especially early in the month. You should still expect a frost well into May so we really do need to keep an eye...
  • How I cheated death – survivor Kady beats the odds to forge blossoming radio career

    When a hit-and-run drink driver ploughed his pick-up truck into Kady Middleton, her life was left hanging in the balance. “I was lying on a hospital bed and I was dying, the doctors told my parents to expect the worse, but it’s not like me to give up,” said...
  • Mary Ann Horton

    With Maggie Chaplin Mary Ann Horton wasn’t a looker. She acknowledged as much herself, and a woman in 19th century London was married if not for her looks, then for her money, and Mary Ann had plenty of that. She was a wealthy heiress and was astute enough to...
  • What to do in the Garden this month

    The garden is really starting to come alive now and all the spring bulbs that you planted in the autumn should be a riot of colour by now. But like your bulbs, the weeds will also be starting to grow so you will need to be keeping an eye...
  • Curry and Mr Whippy ice creams – the hidden wildlife wonders of our woods

    From fruity slugs and spiders to a curry and “Mr whippy ice creams” – welcome to the little known wonders of our woodland. The Woodland Trust – the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity – has plucked out a top ten of the weird and wacky wildlife that many people...
  • Which medium is right for you?

    The Arty Bit – a quick tip! When mixing several colours together the order you mix them in will help greatly in getting the colour you desire. For example, if you have the four colours ultramarine, cadmium yellow, and alizarin crimson depending on the order you mix them you...
  • All’s Well

    In the 1850s an Indian prince and an English country gentleman are enjoying dinner together in the sumptuous surroundings of a majestic palace on the banks of the Ganges. Despite their vastly differing backgrounds they are good friends. The host is Ishri Prasad Narayan Singh, Maharajah of Benares, a...
  • Gardens

    March is one of the most important months in the gardeners’ calendar. Some people even state that it is the true start of the gardening year. Gardens everywhere are starting to come alive with bulbs  and perennials poking their heads up through the soil. Although the weather can be...