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Whimsical Teapots | Products Made in England

Whimsical Teapots | Products Made in England | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
Whimsical Teapots made in England - what can be more original? Best of all? They're fully functional!
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Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Broughton Castle Near Banbury

Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Broughton Castle Near Banbury | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
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where is harriet?: 10 free or cheap days out in London

where is harriet?: 10 free or cheap days out in London | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
The urge to hibernate all month is admittedly strong, but I want to try and not write the month off completely, so I am trying to get out and about to as many free or cheap places in London as possible.
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It may be February now, but I find this list of little things to do in London utterly charming. And not just because they're mostly free, but because most of them are new to me. Postman's Park sounds like something I need to explore the next time we're in London - and the Flower Market, and ....

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The History of Carisbrooke Castle | English Heritage

The History of Carisbrooke Castle | English Heritage | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
There has been a fortress at Carisbrooke since at least Saxon times, but the present castle was begun in about 1100, when the Isle of Wight was granted to the de Redvers family. (Charles I was executed for treason #OTD in 1649.
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Budget Days Out in London

Budget Days Out in London | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
For great ideas on Days Out in London and things to do in London. Let officially London help you build your itinerary and make the most of your visit to London.

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Mark Jones's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:10 AM

A great page for anyone looking for a day out in London without breaking the bank!

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Days out in England: Pomp and Circumstance

Days out in England: Pomp and Circumstance | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
If big spectacles are your sort of thing, then try these ideas for right royal days out in England (Enjoy Pomp and Circumstance? Trooping the Colour and other Royal days out in England.

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Buckingham Palace sentry box auctioned - BBC News

Buckingham Palace sentry box auctioned - BBC News | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
BBC News Buckingham Palace sentry box auctioned BBC News Charlie Thomas, the director of furniture at Bonhams, said: "It is something I have never sold before and not anything I can see that anyone else has sold." Buckingham Palace sentry box The...
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Would you like to own a real, genuine, Buckingham Palace sentry box? Imagine what you could do with it... I can hear it right now: "Oh, just leave the parcel in the sentry box if I'm out!"  Alternatively, this could be the ultimate in garden ornaments. But you need to act quickly as it goes under the hammer today....

(ooooh, and if you manage to land it - share a picture?)

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Let's Take Tea @ Dr Johnson's House

Let's Take Tea @ Dr Johnson's House | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it

 

FREE TEA AT THREE

Every Tuesday throughout January, 3pm

 

Dr Johnson's House invites you to join the curators for a cup of tea and a chat in the Parlour of one of Britain's greatest tea lovers.

 

Find out more about the man who once described himself as 'a hardened and shameless tea-drinker, who has, for twenty years, diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant'.

 

Once refreshed, explore the House to discover Mrs Thrale's delightful Tea Equipage from which Johnson would drink - over 20 cups on occasion.

 

Tea is free after usual admission charge, no booking required.

 

'Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot exercise, and will not use abstinence.'


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I wish I'd seen this earlier since yesterday was the last Tuesday in January. Still, here's hoping they'll do it again soon.

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, January 29, 2014 5:09 AM
I agree. Perhaps we should email them and put in a request to extend this throughout the winter months!
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Dinner with an Englishman in New York - Wine-Searcher

Dinner with an Englishman in New York - Wine-Searcher | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
Dinner with an Englishman in New York
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Normally he favors a red Burgundy with this winter warmer, although for variety's sake he also recommends Barolo or Bordeaux: traditional wines for a very traditional dish.
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Winter in the derbyshire dales | Nick Lukey

Winter in the derbyshire dales |  Nick Lukey | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it


Shooting landscapes in winter is one of the hardest things to do, its usually down to the weather being so changeable. Take yesterday for instance, what started out to be a lovely crisp morning turned sour after lunch. I like shooting in the afternoons, because the quality of light can be so wonderful, plus I hate getting up early doors. I had an idea to go back and shoot at Robin Hoods Stride near Elton, I had been there climbing a few times in the summer, and fell in love with the place, so a trip in winter seemed like a good idea. On the plus side I was driving up through some wonderful dales scenery and had already ticked off some possible locations to shoot. Needless to say the minute I got my gear in the car, the weather started to turn (always the way), still I was commited to getting out, I've had to long a break. On the good side I was also testing out some near gear, a new compact rucksack ideally suited to the X pro gear, and a very nice gitzo carbon fibre tripod. I will be doing a review of these in the weeks to come. So the afternoon went well, I didn't get wet :) and was even treated to a nice rising moon. All images taken on a Fuji X pro 1 using 14mm 55-200mm and a few nd grads and a 10 stop filter.....


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Great images.. thanks for sharing!

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How to Make Lemon Curd

How to Make Lemon Curd | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
A luscious, lemony filling or spread - traditionally made lemon curd is a great kitchen standby!
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This is the time of year when I crave all things lemony and making lemon curd goes beyond pottering in the kitchen. Stirring the curd as it thickens is therapeutic, and there's nothing more wonderful than a house smelling of lemon. And once it's done? Spread your lemon curd on English muffins or use as a pastry filling. And don't forget to pair it with Earl Grey tea.

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Recipe for Tea Mac-n-Cheese

Recipe for Tea Mac-n-Cheese | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
As cold weather sets in, visions of comfort food embrace your thoughts. What is better than home-made, creamy macaroni and cheese with bacon, of course! Oh yes, even when using tea, bacon still makes everything better.
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I love Mac'n'Cheese, either plain, with bacon or even with a touch of Chile con Queso in the mix, and I don't cook it nearly often enough. One thing I've never considered it to be, is a health food. But apparentely I was wrong. Add green tea to the pasta cooking water and the cheese sauce and you elevate comfort food into the ranks of the 'not  just delicious but good for you'. Who woulda thought it?

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Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Rousham is a lovely garden to visit near Lower Heyford

Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Rousham is a lovely garden to visit near Lower Heyford | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
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Heritage Spy Blog - Castles and Other Historical places in England

Heritage Spy Blog - Castles and Other Historical places in England | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
Heritage spy provides you with information about English castles and other interesting places which can be great for family holidays.
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The Hart of the Munchkin Patch: Top Heritage Days Out in England

The Hart of the Munchkin Patch: Top Heritage Days Out in England | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it

When you’re enjoying a family holiday, a day trip to some of England’s most historical landmarks can be a great way to spend time with the family and get to know the nation’s heritage.

Heritage Open Days take place every September with free entry to thousands of England’s top attractions.


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Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors: Debra Brown, M.M. Bennetts: 9780983671961: Amazon.com: Books

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors [Debra Brown, M.M. Bennetts] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Things to Do in South East England - The SouthEast Official Tourist Guide

Things to Do in South East England - The SouthEast Official Tourist Guide | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
Things to do and days out in South East England for all the family. Covering the south coast, kent, berkshire, surrey, sussex, hampshire, oxford, buckinghamshire, isle of wight

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Cheers!: 10 Best English Wines - The Independent

Cheers!: 10 Best English Wines - The Independent | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
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Cheers!: 10 Best English Wines
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The Champenois have plenty to worry about from winemakers this side of the channel.
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I've been known to try out local English wines - usually when we're on holiday and I have time to browse farm shops and talk to people - but you don't need to be exploring Norfolk, Suffolk or Kent to find out what's tasty. The Indie's very kindly done it for us...

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Meat & Potato Pie - Cookery Ideas

Meat & Potato Pie - Cookery Ideas | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
As I write this blog post the rain is lashing against my front door, it's dark and it's bitterly cold.
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The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England - Medievalists.net

The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England - Medievalists.net | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
   The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England By Marc Morris Pegasus Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-60598-451-3 Publisher’s Description: An upstart French duke who sets out […]...

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Publisher’s Description: An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom.An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This new history explains why the Norman Conquest was the most significant cultural and military episode in English history.

Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conqueror’s attack; why the Normans, in some respects less sophisticated, possessed the military cutting edge; how William’s hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors.This is a tale of powerful drama, repression, and seismic social change: the Battle of Hastings itself; the sudden introduction of castles and the massive rebuilding of every major church; the total destruction of an ancient ruling class. Language, law, architecture, and even attitudes toward life itself were altered forever by the coming of the Normans

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London's new solar bridge is the largest in the world | Grist

London's new solar bridge is the largest in the world | Grist | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
It will provide half the energy to central London's Blackfriars train station.
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Love this bridge!
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Traditional English Pancake Recipe - BritFlorida - Squidoo

Traditional English Pancake Recipe - BritFlorida - Squidoo | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
English pancakes are very different to the versions served in America. In fact, they are so popular in England that we even have our own Pancake Day where almost every household eats them served as a dessert.
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We're getting closer to Shrove Tuesday and this year I'm going to make an effort to go and see Olney's famous Pancake Race. (Nothing to do with the sweet treat, of course. Just in the name of research.) English pancakes are thin and fairly large and I love them best with just freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar. But I do like the savoury ideas in this article...

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Tower Bridge at Night, London, England

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Tower Bridge at Night, London, England Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames.

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Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Broughton Castle Near Banbury

Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop: Broughton Castle Near Banbury | Essentially England - For English History and Food Lovers | Scoop.it
Gardens to visit
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Broughton Castle is the home of the Fiennes family and since we moved closer to Banbury we've been told by a number of people that it's well worth visiting. So it's definitely on the list for this year!

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