History And Traditions

There can be few more cheering sights than a display of spring flowers, don't you think? At this time of year, the morning drive into work is brightened by clumps of golden daffodils dancing on roadside verges and on roundabouts, and by colourful tulips blooming in gardens. And spring bulbs are so easy to grow that anyone can create a stunning display! This week our gardening expert, John Stoa, takes a look at some of his favourites on page 27. And there are more glorious flowers to admire on page 44 - beautiful British bluebells, this time.

I'm a big fan of visiting museums - I love them all, big and small - and I'm always fascinated by some of the weird and wonderful themes towns choose to celebrate! On holiday in Italy one year, I was enchanted to find a chimney-sweep museum, and in Amsterdam, I was charmed by the tiny, compact houseboat museum that instantly gave an insight into what it must be like to live in a floating home. So I was intrigued by Gillian Thornton's article about the unique museum dedicated to the art of straw plaiting and millinery that she came across in Luton. Like all the best museums, it is linked inextricably to the history and traditions of its local area, and it sounds well worth a visit.

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