Heather's Monthly Articles

Plough Monday
January article

Plough Monday

If a colorfully-dressed farmer shows up asking for money to get through the winter months, best not refuse or risk getting your front yard ploughed.

Village Halls
December article

Village Halls

Can the once undisputed hub of all British rural community activity survive the modern social media age?

Tar Barrel Races
November article

Tar Barrel Races

If carrying a flaming barrel of tar through the streets is not your idea of a good time, what is?

Conkers!
October article

Conkers!

Proceed without mouth guard, protective goggles and padded helmet at your own risk.

Big Ben
September Article

Big Ben

London's iconic timepiece is going dormant for some much needed repairs. But it's not the first time those familiar bell tones have had to take a rest.

British Picnics (recipes included)
August article

British Picnics (recipes included)

You have to make savories, desserts and good times outdoors while the sun shines.

Worm Charming
July article

Worm Charming

The successful practitioner of this skill will cultivate the ability to impersonate a mole.

The Origin of the Cardigan
June article

The Origin of the Cardigan

Maybe one or two are found in your wardrobe? Charles Dickens had a role in making its name known.

Garden Gnomes
May article

Garden Gnomes

The diminutive and enduring lawn ornaments, now available in many varieties, make a winning comeback to the British landscape.

U.K. TV License Fee
April article

U.K. TV License Fee

Britain has raised its mandatory fee for television watching, but bargain rates can be had for an interesting variety of reasons.

Wife-Carrying Competitions
March article

Wife-Carrying Competitions

File this one under "extreme marital bonding"?

The New Pound Coin
February Article

The New Pound Coin

How many Bob, thrupenny, sixpence or shilling are in a 12-sided new pound?!

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