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 [...]

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Two go exploring in a garden

Does anyone else do that thing of driving past places every few days, and saying 'we really must go there' - but you never actually do? Well, we've had a few of those on our list, and yesterday we decided to cross one off. The good weather had got to Cumbria at last. It was [...]

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 [...]