The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘Women’s lives do not matter to anyone at this court. Before every queen stands her pretty successor, behind her a ghost.’

An historical romp through the courts of Henry VIII through the eyes of Katherine Parr- his last wife.

The research is brilliant- I have been immersed for days and googling the life out of Henry Tudor’s court!

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The Thames Head.

The Thames is one of the most iconic rivers in the world and the longest river entirely in England, the second longest in the UK. Its source is at Thames Head, near Kemble, in a meadow called Trewsbury Mead in the Cotswolds- marked by a headstone.

We made this the first stop in our whistle stop, two night tour of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.

We visited at a bit of an iconic moment for the river source. For the first time at least since 1976, apparently ,this source of the Thames has dried up.

Walking further long the Thames path we came to the Sapperton Canal Tunnel and one of five round houses on the Thames and Severn Canal- all former lengthsmen’s cottages built along the canal between Chalford and Lechdale and constructed in the 1790s when the canal was built.

Lengthsmen were responsible for lengths of towpath and, in the absence of a lock-keeper, for the locks. Other duties, included management of water levels, control of weirs, repair and maintenance of banks on their “length”, including cutting reeds and vegetation and treading puddle clay into sections of bank which were leaking or weak.

It was a lovely warm early autumnal afternoon. The hedges were full of berries, the trees bearing fruits nuts and leaves on the turn. A welcoming introduction to our first visit to The Cotswolds.

Brighton v Leicester. Sunday 4th September.

Amex Stadium, Falmer.

“The thing about football
the important thing
about football – is that
it is not just about football.” Terry Pratchett.

A hot Sunday afternoon in September saw a resounding 5-2 win to home team Brighton. Controversial VAR aside, it was uplifting to see old and young, singles and couples and loads of families all united in enjoying the beautiful game.

The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley.

The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House… a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk…’

I love a private school based murder mystery. I always wanted to go to a private school, but my parents seriously let me down…!

Lots of sleuthing, twists and turns- all tying up neatly at the end.

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