View From The Conservatory


My recent angling experiences are limited to salt water,  mainly here in the UK and, to a lesser extent, in Western Australia. Here in the UK, especially when fishing from a boat, if a fish is caught or perhaps old bait is thrown overboard seagulls will materialise out of thin air. Where none could be… Continue reading View From The Conservatory

Support This Petition To The ICSID Tribunal Arbitrating The Philip Morris-Uruguay BIT Dispute


The tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for having some of the best anti-smoking laws in the world, and there’s a good chance it could win, unless we strengthen the fight in court. It’s a scary reality that one company, whose product kills, could overturn laws that protect our public health. But if our… Continue reading Support This Petition To The ICSID Tribunal Arbitrating The Philip Morris-Uruguay BIT Dispute

View From The Conservatory


  We put this bird box up last year, well after normal nesting season.   So you can imagine how chuffed we are that we have new tenants in the first year since we opened for business.   We have been watching them coming and going for quite a few days. The photo shows the… Continue reading View From The Conservatory

Limoges Porcelaine – Emil Madesclaire


I was wondering if there is anyone out there who might be able to shed some light on the history behind this serving dish/tureen. It was given to us as a present but we didn’t pay much attention to the makers mark at the time. We are doing a bit of spring cleaning and de-cluttering… Continue reading Limoges Porcelaine – Emil Madesclaire