On the trail of Shawn Williamson

Reprinted with kind permission of Cumbria magazine, originally published September 2018  If anyone is leaving their mark for posterity on Cumbria, and other points of the compass, it is Shawn Williamson.  At the moment he is creating an amazing trail of rock sculptures around the Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa. Shawn was a seaman on the Great…

William Wordsworth’s little-known marriage venue

William Wordsworth’s little-known marriage venue Published as The perfect village? October 2017 Republished here by kind permission of Dalesman magazine ‘I could stand it no longer and threw myself on the bed, neither hearing nor seeing anything…’ On Monday October 4th, two hundred and fifteen years ago, this emotional drama was played out at a…

Memories of Wartime

Memories of Wartime When I was a kid during WW2 we didn’t have sell-by dates and elf and safety, we just had the war to contend with.  It became so much a part of our daily existence that after it was over a friend said ‘I didn’t know wars could end’. Our family had a…

‘We’ve gone on holiday by mistake’

‘We’ve gone on holiday by mistake’ WITHNAIL & I In the thirty years since it hit cinema screens Withnail & I has achieved major cult status.  It is recognised as one of the best black comedies the British film industry has ever produced.  A word of warning: it is definitely not for those with a…

Professor of Adventure

Professor of Adventure Millican Dalton 1867 – 1947 Maggie B Dickinson – Published in Cumbria magazine December 2017 Despite its diminutive height, the pretty wooded conicular eminence of Castle Crag stands its ground within the dramatic “Jaws of Borrowdale” that dominate the skyline and restrict passage through this narrow part of the valley.  During November especially…

Peace by Peace

 Josefina Alys Hermes de Vasconcellos MBE 26 October 1904 – 20 July 2005  Maggie B Dickinson  Cumbria Magazine October 2017  For a sculptor of worldwide acclaim, whose amazing legacy of artistic endeavour also graces Cumbria, Josefina Alys Hermes de Vasconcellos deserves to be better remembered. Tall and slightly-built, she was an attractive woman with green…

Farmer Potatoes Revealed

Beatrix Potter couldn’t possibly have imagined that the 150th anniversary of her birth would prompt the wealth of celebrations taking place this year, both at home and abroad.  More to the point – would she have approved?  Fame didn’t sit easily on her shoulders.  Despite achieving fame as one of the most widely-read authors in…