Notes on…

puttanesca

Is pasta puttanesca the perfect lockdown dish?

May 14, 2020 11:34 am

The dish hits, with masterly economy, all five ‘taste groups’

owl

Even the owl in my garden is self-isolating

May 7, 2020 1:32 pm

Tawnies are territorial and will defend up to 50 acres of land

galway

Is there any better place for an EU-subsidized arts festival than Galway?

May 6, 2020 3:04 pm

I hoped my flight would be canceled but we left right on time

chesterton

The fight to save G.K. Chesterton’s home from demolition

April 12, 2020 10:29 am

A Londoner until the age of 35, Chesterton moved to Beaconsfield on a whim

walking

I’m walking round the country — in my back garden

April 9, 2020 9:54 am

This land used to be an orchard. These trees were here before I was here. They’ll be here after I’m gone

hens

The oddest thing people are stockpiling? Hens

April 2, 2020 12:25 am

They are so overjoyed by first light that they make an infernal noise — even if you don’t have a cockerel

winston churchill work from home

How to work from home (according to Churchill, Einstein and Napoleon)

March 26, 2020 12:56 pm

As P.G. Wodehouse finished each page of a book he was writing, he would pin it to his office wall at a height indicating how good it was

gun

My favorite gun is the gun that will save my life

February 22, 2020 7:40 am

‘Any man with any strength should go to a .45’

Cat cafe

Cat cafés mix business with pleasure

February 16, 2020 1:44 pm

Paws-itively purr-fect

christmas cards

The unwritten rules of sending Christmas cards

December 5, 2019 9:21 am

We always write ‘we really must see each other next year’ and we mean it, although we won’t see each other ever again

bridge

Notes on…bridge

December 3, 2019 9:38 am

I am a very demanding partner and, sometimes, unpleasant competition

e-scooters

E-scooters are a wretched species to be introduced into the urban ecosystem

November 23, 2019 8:07 am

DC is the Wild West of e-scooterdom: there are just too many operating here

riding

Riding means more than just control of the horse

October 12, 2019 4:17 pm

We have forgotten not just the use of horses, but also their value to our wellbeing

puppy-training

My puppy-training advice for Boris Johnson

September 19, 2019 11:06 am

Our grandchildren are suddenly lining up to come and stay

brontës

Inside the unassuming house where the Brontës’ creativity thrived

September 12, 2019 12:42 pm

I come in search of Emily’s gothic imagination and Charlotte’s eye for plot but find fabrics and beads behind glass

savannah

The spooky side of Savannah

August 8, 2019 1:55 pm

It might be exhausting to live here, but it’s friendly to visit

cottage garden

The charm – and artifice – of the English cottage garden

July 18, 2019 9:31 am

The only agenda is to fill your space with scent and color

goop

The weird and wacky world of Goop

April 25, 2019 3:45 pm

No visit is complete without admiring the store’s famous jade eggs

cats

The holy pedigree of cats

April 18, 2019 9:40 am

Despite there being no mention of them in the Bible, cats have a prestigious holy pedigree in Christianity

irish ruins

The unique, bittersweet beauty of Irish ruins

March 14, 2019 11:04 am

The number of Irish country houses has continued to decline over the past 40 years

cocaine

Why I’ve given up cocaine

January 3, 2019 9:09 am

I got away from the drug without doing lasting damage to myself — but I’ll never know what I did to others

patricia highsmith

In defense of Patricia Highsmith

November 22, 2018 12:11 pm

As one who knew and liked the American author over many years, the picture painted by a new play seems unfairly partial