Ladies’ Bustles – A Cautionary Tale

  The following anecdote is taken from a Chester newspaper around the time of Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837. It was found in ‘A Portrait of a Shop – Browns and Chester‘ by Mass Observation, published in 1947. It concerns the perils of fashion. “Ladies’ Bustles. Caution. On Tuesday last as a well-dressed lady was…

Hedgerow Flowers

Since May is the time of year when the hedgerows are at their most floriferous, a small study was undertaken last Sunday to count those flowers. This little botanical field trip involved a modest walk of about half a mile along a couple of back lanes in deepest West Dorset. It required a notebook and…