I was a child of the baby boom generation born just after the war. Growing up I remember large bomb sites in the centre of Bristol in particular the area around Castle Park which was covered with grass and purple buddleia. My husband who is older than me can even remember going into air raid shelters to escape the blitz and the big street parties which marked V.E. day in 1945.
However when I saw a walk advertised on the “Walk in the past” website “the Bristol Blitz,” I realised I did not know very much about the actual details of the blitz itself. My mother who was a teacher had taken evacuees to Cornwall and my father lived near Bath so they had not experienced it directly. Continue reading “The Bristol Blitz – A walk in the past”
I have been lucky enough to have travelled quite a lot in Europe but there are still many places in the British Isles that I have not visited yet.
So when my husband saw an advertisement for a cruise going right round the British Isles departing from Avonmouth, our local port we thought it was too good to miss. We booked with CMV, cruise and Maritime Voyages. The ship used was the Marco Polo. This liner has an interesting history having been built sixty years ago for the Soviet Union. I had never been on an ocean cruise before and was not sure what to expect. Continue reading “A cruise around the British Isles.”
My husband and I are members of the National trust. For any one who is unfamiliar with the National Trust it is the organisation which looks after many stately homes and gardens as well as large swathes of countryside in England. It is a charity and membership fees help pay for conservation and upkeep of the property and land. It is also possible to pay an individual admission fee to each property.
From 2017 the British government allows you to make a £1000 a year without having to declare it for tax purposes. If you have a couple of hours a week to spare it is fairly easy to earn some extra money online.
A few years ago I used to supplement my income by online bookselling on Amazon. Although I no longer do this I thought I would offer a few tips in case anyone else is interested. Some are also probably relevant to general online trading. I am now a poacher turned game keeper and help at a local charity shop and I sometimes spot items they can sell on Ebay.
Most people start by selling their old books, often college textbooks but then need to look for replacement stock. The first thing I realised was that online selling is more about the ability to source quality stock cheaply than brilliant salesmanship. Continue reading “How to sell books online”