Category Archives: Wales

The Hermit’s Rock Cakes

We have been living in our ‘new’ house (which is still a 1888 Victorian house) for five months now. It is starting to feel very much like home. Last week, I was – finally – able to unpack my recipe … Continue reading

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An ode to spring

The gods have treated us to this rare phenomenon: a sunny bank holiday. We decided to make the most of it and went To The Beach, to beautiful Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. We actually live five minutes from … Continue reading

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Flower consumption

Last time I wrote, I presented to you some fabulous twentieth-century representations of classical medicine by Ernest Board. One of his paintings showed Athenian black-figure vases used as flower pots. Now, these vases would never have been put to that … Continue reading

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The saint’s orchids

At the end of July every year we head to Anglesey (north Wales) for a week’s holiday with P’s family. This year I was on a mission: I wanted to spot some wild orchids. I knew there were there. P’s … Continue reading

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Ode to Laudanum

When we want a lazy Sunday afternoon, we head to Cowbridge, a pretty little town in South Wales. It has nice shops and coffee houses. It also happens to have much of interest for the historian of pharmacology. Its physic … Continue reading

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Nursing dolly

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a new project, which is really exciting. Together with other members of staff at Cardiff University, we are planning an event for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is a … Continue reading

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A day in Roman Wales

I sometimes pause to consider how lucky we are to live in the Green Valleys of Wales. We have everything on our doorstep: the sea with stunning beaches, the hills, a train that gets us to London in two hours … Continue reading

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