Coney’s Castle

Coney’s Castle is a perfect little gem. It’s the smallest of the iron age hill forts that surround the Marshwood Vale, (Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill have featured in previous posts). It is quite literally overlooked by the much larger Lambert’s Castle just to its north. However, in some ways this is to its advantage.…

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Christmas Paper Stars

These Christmas paper stars are easy to make once you get the hang of it. Use any paper you like. This is made from the pages of a very tatty old atlas found in a bargain box – 10p a book! So the cost is minimal. The plan is to have masses of them hanging…

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Bygones, Bygones, Rooms full of Bygones

Bygones – Definition: Things dating from an earlier time. Or more specifically: Artefacts, implements etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest. And where do you find these bygones? In a museum of course – ideally a local provincial museum. Every little town must have its museum – it’s worth hunting…

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Easter Egg Glut – Add Lemons

There is an Easter egg glut around here. Right on cue the bantams have been laying like the clappers, plus at least one of next door’s proper sized hens preferring their little nest box for her big brown eggs. So many eggs – what to do? Even after giving away and doing swapsies they are…

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Blandford Fashion Museum

The lovely Blandford Fashion Museum is well worth a visit if you like your textiles. And it’s not all about the Buttons (see last week’s post). Now it seems only fair to give some attention to some of the other ‘stuff’. It’s basically the collection of one woman – Mrs Penny – who gathered together…

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