Author Archives: milliethom

About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.

April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, as it was originally called, is observed throughout the Western world and is generally celebrated by playing pranks on people, sending someone on a ‘fool’s errand’, looking for things that don’t exist or … Continue reading

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Good Things Can Come in Threes…

Today is Sunday, March 26, and I have three things to crow about… First, today is Mother’s Day in the UK, a day when I get lots of nice prezzies. This date doesn’t coincide with Mother’s Day in other countries around … Continue reading

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A Look at Cornwall (4): The Magic of Tintagel

On the second full day of our week in Cornwall last year – a Monday – we set off from Newlyn in the south-west of the county where we were staying, and headed north-east for 63 miles to the site … Continue reading

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Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper The first time Emily saw the outhouse at the bottom of the rambling, overgrown garden, she was entranced by the colourful foliage bedecking its red brick walls. Her family had only recently moved into this old house and … Continue reading

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The Game of Life – FFFAW

The Game of Life Max stared at the iron bars, cursing the day he’d met Sophie. He’d been happy before then, his future stretched out like an unplayed game. To Sophie he’d been little more than a prize bull, a … Continue reading

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A Look at Cornwall (3): As I was going to St Ives…

 As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits, Kits, cats, sacks, and wives. How many were going to St. … Continue reading

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A Look at Cornwall (2): Land’s End

Land’s End – or Penn an Wlas in Cornish – was the second site we visited in the far south-west of Cornwall on the first full day of our holiday. It’s located 8 miles west of Penzance at the end … Continue reading

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Blog Award Time – 2

In this post I want to finish off with three more blog awards. The first two are different versions of the same award, with similar rules, so I’ll do these two together. I was nominated for the first award (the … Continue reading

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Blog Award Time – 1

I haven’t done an awards post for well over a year, although I’ve been nominated for several. But I was recently nominated for another two which have shamed me into doing them all, although I intend to fit all seven … Continue reading

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A Look at Cornwall (1): Carn Euny Village

In June last year (2016) Nick and I, accompanied by our blogging daughter Louise (afairymind) at thestorytellersabode, headed down to Cornwall for a week. Cornwall is very beautiful, with stunning scenery both along the coast and inland (as fellow blogger … Continue reading

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