Monthly Archives: March 2008

Try the market for your air-miles free shopping

      An article this week in the Telegraph by Hazel Southam asked the question whether doing air-miles free shopping in Winchester Farmers Market would be more expensive, perhaps not have the attractive offers of the supermarkets, or indulgences … Continue reading

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Winchester, a ‘book town’ worth a long journey?

A distant and somewhat indirect relative of mine started the (second-hand) bookselling industry that grew up in Hay-on-Wye where bookshops seem to outnumber more ordinary shops. Whether that is paradise, or hell rather depends on you wife/husband and the extent … Continue reading

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Wolvesey Castle reopened

Wolvesey Castle seen from John’s Wolvesey View B&B   English Heritage has opened the gates of Wolvesey for the new year. This is one of the most important historical sites in England, but probably also one of the least known, having … Continue reading

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Easter Bonnets

There is a tradition that Easter is a time for putting on new clothes, so here are some great new Winchester Easter bonnets.

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The year begins again ?! A Lady Day outing to Tichborne Dole

In contrast to the slippery nature of Easter, this Tuesday (today) is Lady Day, a fixed day, always celebrated on March 25*. Lady Day is a simple name for the Feast of the Annunciation, exactly nine months before Christmas, so … Continue reading

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Crop Circles – a new/old story

For many years I have been fascinated by the crop circles (although the name doesn’t do them justice). Probably the greatest concentration anywhere in the world appears year by year in the area around Salisbury and Winchester, with a real … Continue reading

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Easter Day and Winchester

It is 95 years since the last time Easter fell on March 23. The next time will be not be for 220 years. The system used for calculating which exact day is Easter, based on the full moon following the … Continue reading

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