Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Victorian Health and Medicine

Some new articles (of different lengths) including some fascinating details about Vitorian Health and Medicine:

Abdomen

Aberration of Mind

Ablution

Abrasion

Abscess

Abstinence

Accidents

Acidity of the Stomach

Adder Bite

Aether (Ether)

Age

Ague

Air

Friday, December 09, 2005

Children's Books

The holiday season is upon us. What are the bestsellers in children's books?

The Best Children's Books

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Stress

Stress is associated with a number of physical conditions including back-pain, susceptibility to viruses, chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune disease.

More at Stress in the 21st Century

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Balearic islands

Love them or hate them, the Balearics are among the most popular places in the Med.

Balearic Islands

Mallorca (Majorca)

Menorca

Ibiza

Formentera

Monday, October 17, 2005

St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a group of about 30 islands in the Caribbean. They were used as a location for Pirates of the Caribbean. St Vincent is the main island. A mere 8% of the population live on the exquisite, and highly varied, Grenadines

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Organic Gardening

Does Companion Planting Work?

Companion planting is a method of preventing pest damage to vulnerable crops by growing plants nearby which block, distract or repel those pests.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Invasion of the big green monsters

Menace of Norway Maples

They breed like rabbits and grow like weeds - and they can be very hard to kill.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Edwardian Gardens

Two gardens with different fates. The first has gone. The second is a major film location.

The lost garden at Campsea Ashe


The lost garden at Campsea Ashe

The garden featured long stretches of water, avenues of elms, limes and horse chestnuts, cedar trees, an elliptical bowling green and the Great Hedge. This yew hedge was over 600 metres long, 3 metres thick and 2-8 metres high.

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire


Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

By the early 1900s the gardens were hoplessly overgrown and a massive clearance was required. Yew trees and herbaceous borders were planted and the ivy stripped from the balustrades to be replaced by climbing roses.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Victorian mourning

Something light for the weekend:

MOURNING, ETIQUETTE OF. The various degrees of relationship which the living bear to the dead, regulate the depth of the mourning worn, and the length of time that it is to be retained. Mourning for a husband in the widow's cap and crape is usually extended over twelve months, and after that period the wearer may either adopt a half mourning, or put by mourning altogether, without appearing singular or wanting in feeling. In cases of this kind, the wearing of mourning beyond the prescribed interval depends, as a matter of course, greatly upon sentiment, the degree of affection which subsisted between the parties, the length of time which the marriage existed, &c.

More at The Victorian Etiquette of Mourning

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Booker Prize

The UK book industry's shortlist of the six best new fiction books (chosen from the long list of 17) for the Booker prize has been announced. More at:

BestBooks.biz

Monday, September 05, 2005

Indian Ocean

Two fantastic but very different islands in the Indian Ocean:

Madagascar: Great Leaping Lemurs!

Mauritius

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gardening - Victorian Pear Tree Cultivation

Victorian Pear Tree Cultivation

The pear requires a good, naturally rich, loamy soil, not however enriched by artificial means, as that would only have the effect of producing a luxuriance of growth that would require much skill and labour to overcome.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Barcelona

Second city of Spain and major Mediterranean port, bustling Barcelona incorporates a delightful historic mix of Roman remains, medieval quarters and 20th century avant-garde art.

More at: Barcelona Spain - That Sensational Second City of Spain

Gardening - articles

Introduction to the Victorian Flower Garden

'The elder brethren of our profession, who can look back, for instance, to the introduction of the Dahlia, give us but a poor idea of flower-gardening as it was practised in the first decades of the century.

Gardening for Stress

In its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life.

Safe Gardening

Bad backs and accidents can spoil the pleasure of gardening. Taking an ergonomic approach to gardening can help ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable hobby.

Gertrude Jekyll and Gardening

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) aimed for 'beautiful effect' and had a lasting effect on gardening.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Top Ten Destinations

Three articles with lists of the top travel destinations:

* Top Ten Lesser-Known Beaches

* Top Ten (International) Travel Destinations

* Top Ten Travel Destinations USA

Victorian Alexandria

An antiquarian description of this Egyptian port from the 19th Century:

Victorian Alexandria

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Gardening - Japanese Red Maple

How to Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed

Most Japanese Maple seeds ripen in the fall. Watch the tree and wait for the seeds to turn brown.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the world's premiere destinations. See these three articles about the city:

* A Guide to the Best Vancouver Vacation Attractions

* Vancouver, Hidden Jewel Of The Pacific Northwest

* Beautiful Vancouver, City of the Sea & Mountains

Gardening - Books

A selection of the best gardening books is available at:

Best Gardening Books

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Washington DC

Washington DC, the US capital, is a city with public museums and monuments galore, but also hidden treasures that should not be overlooked. Read more at: Washington, DC a Bargain Travel Guide

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Monday, June 13, 2005

Boston

Made famous by Revolutionary events, infamous by cold winters, and both by the World-Series winning Red Sox, Boston has its fair share of reasons to visit. With such a reputation, however, comes high prices, and it has become increasingly difficult to
find bargain deals in the city. That is why we created a list of budget restaurants, bars and activities that both locals and tourists can use when going out in Boston. Spanning the unique Boston neighborhoods, we have suggestions whether you are with family, friends or single. We also provide ideas for dates that won't break the bank - great especially for a first outing, yet perfect also for a change of pace in the old routine. More at: Boston, a Bargain Travel Guide

Monday, June 06, 2005

Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a charming city, rich in culture and, at night it really rocks! Read on:

Madrid Spain - Take A Tour Of A City That Rocks

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe, the author of 'Robinson Crusoe'. This account from a 1924 textbook tells you about his career in a way that only a vintage textbook could:

Daniel Defoe

Monday, May 09, 2005

Gardening - Growing your own tomatoes

Tips on Growing Tomatoes

Here are some tips on how to grow your own bountiful crop of tomatoes.

Grow the BEST Tasting Tomatoes


Tomatoes are the most popular home garden vegetable grown for good reason.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Australian Cities

Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) is a great place to visit, and an even better place to be. It is impossible to imagine a better host city for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. See Magnificent Melbourne

Hobart. It’s a lively place, with a waterfront that buzzes with action around the surrounding restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs. More at: Hobart, Tasmania

Brisbane, capital of Queensland, Australia. An insider's view of where best to go and what to do in this city of sunny days! Read: Brisbane - every day a sunny day

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Power of Selling a Dream

An excerpt from Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons of RE/MAX by Phil Harkins and Keith Hollihan (WILEY: 2005)

Full article at: The Power of Selling a Dream

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Gelert - another Welsh Legend

Gelert: The Martyred Hound is one of the best-known (and saddest) of Welsh tales.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Welsh Legends

Tales such as Why the Red Dragon is the Emblem of Wales attempt to explain the events of the post-Roman period.

Later legends show Breton influence and incorporate the elements of courtly love, Arthurian tales and pageantry. Other tales incorporate fairies and the supernatural and relate them to features of the landscape. For example the legend of he 'Meddygon Myddfai' relates that a farmer in the parish of Myddfai, Carmarthenshire, having bought some lambs in a neighbouring fair, led them to graze near Llyn y Fan Fach, on the Black Mountains. Whenever he visited these lambs three beautiful damsels appeared to him from the lake, on whose shores they often made excursions. Sometimes he pursued and tried to catch them, but always failed; the enchanting nymphs ran before him ... read more about the Meddygon Myddfai legend.

The Tale of Elidurus is another typical story of an earthling joining the fairy people dating from the twelfth-century.

Pergrin and the Mermaiden takes contact between man and mermaid as its theme.