Monthly Archives: February 2017

Champion of the Rapids

Snippets 106.  Charles Richard Weld (1813-1869) was assistant secretary and librarian to the Royal Society, and is best known for his history of the society, published in 1848. Between 1850 and 1867 he wrote a series of travel journals, one … Continue reading

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Glorious Murmurations

Ramblings 5.  We are blessed to live in a rural area, where a countryside walk is never far away.  With winter upon us it is tempting to shut ourselves away from the cold, assuming that nature has no wonders for … Continue reading

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The Grumpy Tourist

Snippets 105. Today’s snippet is a quote from Richard Le Gallienne’s Travels in England, from 1900, an interesting travel book that we have looked at in a couple of previous snippets. I always delight in finding a travel book that … Continue reading

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A Dream Come True

Creepy History 25. For the last couple of “Creepy History” articles we have been looking at the supernatural experiences of Bayard Taylor. They are merely a footnote in the life of this prolific traveller and adventurer, collected together in a … Continue reading

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Travel Changed the World

Snippets 104. Last week we looked at a quote from A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt, published in 1859. For much of the book he confines himself to observations on the changing … Continue reading

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The Psychic Traveller

Creepy History 24. For the last couple of “Creepy History” articles we have been looking at the supernatural experiences of Bayard Taylor. They are merely a footnote in the life of this prolific traveller and adventurer, collected together in a … Continue reading

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Chirping, Gobbling, Hooting, Croaking!

Snippets 103. A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt was published in 1859. This charming book contains one chapter per month, each focussing on country life at the relevant time of the year. … Continue reading

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