The Flowerpot Men………

Having enjoyed maintaining the 2.5 acres of lawns, flowerbeds, shrubbery and paddock of a Victorian Rectory during recent years, it really is a pleasure, and, if we’re honest, rather a relief, to have now moved to a modern property with a correspondingly smaller garden ~ Not so much neglected upon our arrival as colourless and […]

Heaven Scent…………

Accounts of Victorian domestic bliss rarely make mention of the problems surrounding the provision both of an adequate water supply and of effective sanitary facilities, the miasmic theory of disease, which held that infection was carried by “bad air”, predominating throughout the 19th Century. Even when the connection between cholera and contaminated water had been […]

“A la recherche du temps perdu”

A classic traditional Sunday afternoon spent at the keyboard, trawling eBay for bargains in a spirit of “where there’s muck there’s brass”, all the while reflecting that there must be many a Trading Standards Officer who could have a field day dealing with the many improperly described items with which the site abounds. That said, […]

Conserving our Historic Heritage…….

Whether consciously or otherwise, those choosing to pursue a career within the Antiques Trade find themselves by default, together with their peers who inhabit the allied world of fine art auctioneering, in the vanguard of the conservation movement, whose influence has grown exponentially in recent times. Whilst it must be admitted that there are dealers, […]