Marissa Laycock looks at aspects of life in a small city, focussing on St Albans.
The area, the attractions, and the people. Bought to you by Radio Verulam and The St Albans Review.
Shipshape and Bristol Fashion!
I was never one for housework. I find is so time consuming and not hugely rewarding. I love that famous Quentin Crisp quote: "There’s no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse." These days I can see the importance and satisfaction of having a [...]
Treating myself at 66 Book Club
I enjoy reading many different genres and being at 66 Book Club in Hemel Hempstead was like going to 'Book Heaven'. Upstairs, every single shelf within aisle upon aisle was piled high with pristine quality paperbacks. Down on the ground floor there were countless more books of all shapes and sizes. The question I had [...]
Let’s get the show back on the road!
Lockdown has certainly reminded us about the importance of our individual freedom, and that our happy memories are made up of personal life experiences, not possessions. Something that I guess we had forgotten in pre-Covid times. As I wrote this piece, I felt an inner contentment and re-lived many wonderful ‘showtime’ experiences. It felt great [...]
A Tinned Food Renaissance
I found it hard to believe that a “Love Canned Food Festival” was taking place on Instagram last month over a four-day period. I enjoyed scrolling through countless colourful photos of luscious recipes mixing fresh and canned food together. March 2020 saw overall sales of canned food climb to over 70% and we are now [...]
Along the Garden Path
I was amazed by this garden and got totally lost in its horticultural richness. Row upon row of Dahlias were thriving in all their glory. They had been so carefully cultivated by experts. Walking between the rows of such contrasting varieties had a dreamlike quality to it. The celebration garden was just as breath-taking with [...]
Camping in Norfolk
I wouldn’t regard camping as a holiday. It is more of a change of scenery really. It’s wonderful to get out of the house and forget about the carpet that needs hoovering and the mound of clothes that need washing. We didn’t go far, but going to a beach I’d never been to before, visiting [...]