Category Archives: history

Books Galore!

It has been such a hectic month so far and does anyone need reminding that it’s 5 weeks to Gift and Turkey frenzy (shriek + faint).  I feel like Alice in Wonderland‘s proverbial White Rabbit, running off into tangent tunnels … Continue reading

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Secrets from the Walled Garden – beauty workshop bookings open

Hi there, I am running a morning workshop with Fulham Palace in November, its a beautiful place with a fascinating history and a secret oasis in the metropolis.  Join me for some ‘kitchen alchemy’, drawing inspiration from the Palace Gardens … Continue reading

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Beauty Secrets Workshop

Creating natural products inspired by the Renaissance beauties of the Stuart court.   Here is a belated write up of my morning workshop in August at Hampton Court Palace, as part of the events to run alongside their ‘The Wild, … Continue reading

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Pre-Raphaelites – Astarte Syriaca

Mystery, lo! betwixt the sun and moon
 Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen
Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen
 Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon
 Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune: 
And from her neck’s inclining flower-stem lean
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The smell of liquid gold for an Olympian

Sigh, I have now had some time to recover from the emotional highs, lows and drama of part one of the Olympic Games.  Intoxicating tension, inspiration and amazing  demonstrations of courage, strength,  determination and skill, virtues indeed for all of us … Continue reading

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Stench and the City

“.. there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. ….The rivers stank, the marketplaces stank, the churches stank, it stank beneath the bridges and in the palaces.” Perfume-The Story of a Murderer (Patrick … Continue reading

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Renaissance Beauty Secrets – Natural Cosmetic Making

If my previous post on the 17th century beauty lecture I attended whetted your appetite, well exciting news… In conjunction with the ‘The Wild, Beautiful and the Damned‘ exhibition and as part of their events programme, I will be at … Continue reading

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