That Vernon Ward Bloke

This is another collection that started by accident – vintage flying duck and seabird prints. The artist is often that Vernon Ward bloke. Vernon Ward (1905 – 1985) was an English painter and commercial artist. He was extremely prolific and his work was particularly popular for many years for greeting cards; being very English and tasteful to…

Dorset Apple Cake

It’s getting into full-on apple season and Dorset Apple Cake is what’s called for, just the thing for an autumnal afternoon tea.  It’s basically a plain sponge cake with chunks of apple.  Like most regional recipes there seems to be hundreds of variations. This is a version with just a touch of cinnamon for a little extra zing. Ingredients:…

Lots of Little People

The knick-knack shelves in the shop are usually home to kittens, ponies, very tiny teapots and other such kitsch items. But at the moment there seems to be a gathering of  little people. And they’re quite an international bunch.   There’s a band of wooden Russian balalaika players. They are very jolly. And a couple of Portuguese drummers…