Category Curiosities

The Bees Like It

My sister sadly passed away six years ago. A friend of my brother’s, Louise Tiplady, a lettering artist made this wonderful print in commemoration of her life. My sister was a keen gardener and held dear a horticultural philosophy that…

Does This Spark Joy?

In her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Marie Kondo urges the reader to look at each possession with a question in mind. ‘Does This Spark Joy?’ If an object doesn’t pass muster then the advice is to oik…

B&B Doll’s House

Local museums can be a cornucopia of curiosities. Part of their attraction is that collections often are so random. The main purpose of my visit to Southend’s Central Museum was to see the treasure trove from the Saxon King’s burial…

Poisson D’Avril

It’s my birthday. I’m not a day over thirty, in my head anyway. For I believe that I’m a sweet young thing who can still get away with wearing short skirts. If you know me personally and think that there’s…

Coleton Fishacre

Until 27th March 2022 you can visit a National Trust property free of charge if you buy a National Lottery ticket or a scratch card. You’ll have to be quick. Sorry if you’re reading this after the event. We decided…