So that was how we came to be coming into land at San Francisco Airport (SFO) to a city that we had been told demanded at least but no less than a quarter of our entire holiday, and as always it was the grand scale of America stretched out below that strikes you first. Five years previously it had been Las Vegas; toy- like and oddly out of place in a vast sandy expanse like a travelling fair long past its heyday pulled up in the corner of an isolated field in the openness of the countryside. With San Francisco it was the multiplies necessitated by the scale; the cars, lanes on freeways, expanses of water, tiers of housing and the mountains, all bedecked with a cloud filled sky dulled and scented by the forest fires that burnt out of control to the north of the city.
In “Following Your Dream” a threshing barn dating back to the seventeenth century became a family home containing a longed-for pig killing bench used as a coffee table. The story of that bench intertwined with an account of the “Pig Clubs” set up to help war time Britain feed itself and the role it played... Continue Reading →
Outdoor Education and the growth of Forest Schools in recent years is in part a response to a perceived detachment of children from the natural world, the concern with increases in childhood obesity and a reaction to a result driven narrowing of the curriculum. It has been adopted or added to existing approaches in schools... Continue Reading →
I was asked by my daughter @lizziefreelance as part of her work as a freelance writer for @accomforstudent and madebyhistory637.wordpress.com to contribute to her article on research that has found that young people today are the loneliest generation. I was asked to reflect upon this through my experiences of being a student in the mid- 1980s. Loneliness is both... Continue Reading →
thetimetraveller.blog is my magazine style blog where I showcase my writing on a wide range of subjects with a focus on history, education, travel and the countryside
History is a road trip through time. It is far from smooth with potholes aplenty and there is no ban on U-turns. Most of the time the route is tortuous, and the pace slackens. To the side are dead ends into which some travellers still choose to turn despite the warning signs, and from dark... Continue Reading →
How we take our tea and coffee has mattered before In the late 1990s I used to buy coffee from a small shop in my local town centre. Along one wall were containers of different roasted coffee beans that could be ground to your requirements before being wrapped tightly in brown paper. On one... Continue Reading →
The "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" Aesop Fable has become an English idiom that recognises the effect on our character of where we are from, and to use another idiom how as a result we may sometimes feel like a fish out of water.
With the festive party season upon us, pubs and bars across the country will play host to groups of friends or work colleagues of both sexes who will drink together and look forward to their Christmas break. But what is the historical context of such drinking across the sexes both at Christmas and throughout the... Continue Reading →