Author Archives: Barbara Elsmore

Collectables

We are very fortunate here in Sherborne to have an independent bookshop – and not just an independent book shop but an award winning independent bookshop at that. Winstone’s was crowned Independent Bookshop of the Year in the British Book … Continue reading

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Steam and Waterwheel Centre

I am very biased I know but when we were growing up my Dad could do anything. He could mend, he could make, he would ensure things worked properly – he was a marvel. When it snowed he built my … Continue reading

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The old family Breadcrock

I was looking through the beautifully presented book Dorset Barns by Jo Draper and David Bailey, published by Dovecote Press, when I came across a photograph (above) of the Crossroads Pottery at Verwood and I could see the pots lined up outside the barn. … Continue reading

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iPad photography workshop

I was keen to try one of Anne King’s courses and so I signed up for ‘iPad Photography and Other Stuff’ to be held at the Digby Hall in Sherborne. There were eight of us attending and Anne gave us … Continue reading

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Creative pruning, bees, birds, flowers and more….

At the end of March I read in my Sunday paper that in barely two weeks time there was to be a garden festival at Highgrove, the private country home in Gloucestershire of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. … Continue reading

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What is a smartphone?

Do you remember the remark supposedly made by an out of touch judge ‘who are the Beatles?’ The unknowing can feel much the same in many circumstances when it is assumed that everyone knows what a smartphone is or what … Continue reading

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Farewell to the HSBC Bank

In February 2016 the HSBC bank on the corner of Cheap Street and Long Street closed its doors for the final time. It is a sad sign of the changing times that we have lost a bank that has served … Continue reading

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