Go set-jetting with the Wolf Hall locations map

Originally posted on National Trust Press Office:

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The National Trust has teamed up with a host of visitor attractions including a number of privately-owned houses supported by the Historic Houses Association and places cared for by Cadw and English Heritage to create a Wolf Hall locations map.

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Pancakes aplenty but what do you really know about Shrove Tuesday?


A sure sign in my book that warmer, brighter days of Spring are not far away: Shrove Tuesday is here again!

Originally posted on Karl Quinney:

If you need a sure sign that Spring is here or not far away, Shrove Tuesday – or ‘Pancake Day’, is it.

Whilst for many today means gorging out on pancakes with a multitude of fillings, here’s some bits and pieces about Shrove Tuesday which you may not know. 

  • For starters, Shrove Tuesday (also known as Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter.

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It is seen as a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

  • The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrivethe ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past.

In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released…

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Blooming Valentines set to beat the winter blues with 17 per cent more flowers


With tomorrow, February 14 in mind…

Originally posted on National Trust Press Office:

This year’s milder, calmer and less wet winter has been much kinder to gardens as gardeners and volunteers have found in the Trust’s annual Valentines Flower Count.

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6 Ways to Live your Life as a Hermit


How often have you said ‘anything for a quiet life’?

Well…take a look at this!

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:

Looking to leave the rat race and live a quiet life? Hermits were religious individuals and contrary to popular belief not all hermits completely shunned outside interaction – some were preachers performing valuable services such as maintaining lighthouses and bridges.

Artwork Cuthbert's Hermitage.  © English Heritage Artwork: Cuthbert’s Hermitage © English Heritage

From the 7th to the 16th century, English hermits established a variety of hermitages to live a more simple way of life. Discover the six main types and their functions and choose your favourite:

1. Embrace Your Inner Self: Solitary Hermitages

Warkworth Hermitage: View of the Chapel looking towards the altar © English Heritage Photo Library Warkworth Hermitage: View of the Chapel looking towards the altar © English Heritage Photo Library

These hermitages were the first to appear in Britain around 400-700 AD and were home to Holy Men who lived on the boundaries of human settlements. Originally living in temporary shelters, such as caves, ruins, islands or marshes, by the 7th century the basic requirements for solitary hermitages were an oratory or chapel with…

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