Monty Don 'The Mesmerist'

The return of Gardener's World has primed me with a renewed conviction-cum-delusion that anything is horticulturally possible.  Monty Don, tells me that he has enjoyed a good winter - so much so that he's pruned all of his hedges; and this week I'm mesmerised as he turns to lopping his apple trees.  He looks quite tall, so I'm sure he has a significant height advantage; but the way his secateurs snap crisply through the branches is almost mystical to me with my patented chew-prune technique.

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Bathroom Time Travel.....

We've grown used to exposing modern plaster or very ordinary paint layers beneath the wallpaper so far; and sure enough, plaster peeps through - that and standard issue pale mint social services paint.  But there's something else.  Where the paint flakes back, there are lines, and what's more the lines seem to join together to form shapes......

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The Yorkshire Edgar Wood Heritage Society

The Yorkshire Edgar Wood Heritage Society comes together to share a passion for Edgar's work, to educate others in the local community about the architecture on their doorstep, and to advocate for the conservation of his buildings.  So who better to invite over for a masterclass on the history of Briarcourt than the Chairs of the group - David and Jane Griffiths?

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