• British Guide: Halloween

    Posted on October 31 2018

      Halloween, a night when ghouls and goblins take to the streets, and the only known occasion where parents actually encourage their children to accept candy from perfect strangers. For...

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  • The Bluebell Abbey Guide to Being British: Village Life

    Posted on July 22 2018

    Step outside London, or the nation’s handful of other large cities, and you soon discover that Britain is not, in fact, a country, but a collection of tiny villages scattered...

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  • Whittaker’s Diary: Oar and Peace

    Posted on July 05 2018

    With summer playing its magic across the country, the Abbey continues to seduce mind, body and soul, as if the architect mixed warmth and happiness into its bricks and mortar....

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  • Whittaker’s Diary – The Curious Case of the Runaway Horse

    Posted on May 03 2018

    After a wet and foggy start to spring, soft and syrupy sunshine has finally flooded the Abbey, streaming through its tall and stately windows to warm the ancient wood that...

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  • Whittaker's diary : mother's day and the nearly fatal scones

    Posted on March 03 2018

    As Mothering Sunday dawned here at the Abbey, the rising sun threw the grand sandstone façade into warm and dramatic relief, sparkling off the first of this year’s daffodils. Not...

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  • Its the height of summer at the Abbey, and Lady Annabel wants to take tea in the garden. If only she didn't want to bring all the furniture into the garden with her.
    Wittaker's diary : A very hot and bothersome day

    Posted on March 03 2018

    The recent heat wave has certainly shaken things up here at the house. After briefly indulging Felix the driver’s long held dream of becoming an inventor by funding his prototype...

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