Two explore an Arts & Crafts house

A whole year has whizzed by since the last set of Heritage Open Days and suddenly they're on us again. This year it's better than ever since the event lasts for two weekends rather than one, with the same fascinating mix of history and culture to explore. We're whizzing about ourselves at the moment and [...]

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Two cool off in a garden

We're in the middle of a long-lasting and unusual heatwave here. There's been no rain at all for over three weeks now, and temperatures have been around 26c for at least 15 consecutive days. That might not sound like much but believe me, it's almost unheard of for Cumbria, where the weather often changes every [...]

National Trust: challenging gender stereotypes

I associate the National Trust with many things - history, beautiful gardens, hill farming, scones and jam.  But not so much with views on unconventional sexuality. Yet in their latest members' magazine that's exactly what they're doing, with a fascinating piece called 'Prejudice and Pride' on the less conventional people to have lived in their properties over [...]