Category Archives: Articles

Wanted – Trainee able to string a sentence together

  You would think in this day and age of tight budgets and more young people unemployed than ever before that there may be an extra effort to impress when applying for a job as c.v’s are closely examined. Indeed, … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Now that’s funny!

  Looking after Tutbury Castle is a great joy. Caring for the buildings, gardens, staff and visitors in the grounds is a privilege that we all feel and never take for granted. Those of you who spare the time to … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

The Lichfield Festival of Brilliance

  There is something in the air in Lichfield. There must be as that small, ancient cathedral city boasts some of the greatest writers and philosophers of their day. The eighteenth century seems to be a particularly glorious time for … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

“Be my Valentine”

  February 14th – the day when postmen are nervous and letter boxes are attacked by eager hopefuls. Romance and joy for all and in this year of 2012, a leap year, more proposals by the girls are expected in … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Looking For Penguins

  I would like to confirm that the English Language in all its extraordinary, and often challenging variations, is happy and well. Not so long ago there was a great deal of gloomy headshaking about television being a destructive force … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

A Country House Saved

  In 1938, one Australian Autumn day saw a beautiful, dark haired young woman board the cruise ship “Orama” at the Sydney docks. Her name was Nancy Spicer and like many débutantes of her day was eager to discover the … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Bring Out The Lucky Bags

  I was considering the wonders of our gift shop the other day here at Tutbury Castle which is small but perfectly formed with a rainbow of pencils, rubbers and quill pens. Books and “Tudor” jewellery and coins jostle for … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Christmas And Vests

  As a child I was never grateful for vests on Christmas morning despite my mother thinking I should be. I also wasn’t grateful for the aunt’s present of a huge doll sent dressed in a hideous Turquoise Spanish dress … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

  Every time I fly, I buy a celebrity magazine and I have no idea why; like some kind of compulsive airport habit I am drawn irresistibly to cover images of hair extensions and whiter than white teeth. I then … Continue reading

Posted in Articles

Life at the Castle

  BEAUTIFUL STAFFORDSHIRE…   This is the first of a series of articles I am writing for “Staffordshire Life “from this 11th. century royal fortress of Tutbury Castle perched high above the green lush valley of the river Dove. Being … Continue reading

Posted in Articles