Celia Lyttelton
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Celia's Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2014 | (17:16)

When I was 17, I worked in a taverna on the Greek island of Antiparos . I learnt to cook the usual Greek fayre with speed and flair and some modern Greek; and since then I have seldom been fazed by cooking big suppers for friends . 35 years ago,...

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Celia's Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2014 | (15:12)

To Arles, famed for its Roman antiquities, and a shrine to Vincent Van Gogh, is now set to become a a vital new hub for art -in-the-making. The refurbished 15th century mansion that houses the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation has opened with Van Gogh Live, 'Colours of the North Colours...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (12:46)

According to Roman Hagiography the origins of St Valentine, is obscure, all that is known is that he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate, after trying to convert the Emperor Claudius Gothicus on the 14th in the third century AD. No romance there, and neither was he the patron saint...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (21:10)

On returning from China it was apposite that I went to the V and A's Chinese Painting survey and two hefty new publications, the catalogue to the V and A exhibition and The Phaidon Chinese Art Book testify how Chinese art has endured for 3000 years. In England while nobles...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(1) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (18:28)

I have been in Beijing for my exhibition at the Liu and De Biolley Gallery situated in a Qing dynasty temple in one of the last remaining quarters of old Peking proper. There I could sense the demon fox spirits stealing the souls of Manchurian warlords at night. By day,...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2013 | (23:13)

I spent much of the holidays in thevillage reading room at Manorbier, painting, which was designed by Benson, an arts and crafts architect and protégée of William Morris. It is a hall complete with a stage and faux mangy Morris curtains, the windows are practically at ceiling level, so as...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2013 | (22:51)

June

The 'galleon splintering gales' that the War poet Siegfried Sassoon penned about Manorbier in a 'A medieval castle' came with a vengeance, when Dame Emily mounted the second vintage by the sea fair , a bitch of a gale came. The stalls flew away, kitchenalia and Tupperware became airborne...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(1) Comments | Posted 8 June 2013 | (00:15)

In May and June at Manorbier the woody dells are a pastural and culinary paradise redolent with the powerful smell of mater-watering wild garlic, calling to mind alfresco suppers on Greek islands and Tuscan trattorias. I harvested bouquets of it that have dainty wispy white flowers and made salads, soufflés,...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (13:24)

Restoration Dramas

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (14:44)

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the domed roof,...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (09:52)

February blog

I got to Manorbier for the half term to find Dame Emly in full throttle, for the spring equinox, organizing a vintage fair of fashion, furniture and food and a pop up sea food restaurant, which I hope will be like those fish stalls on the Golborne Road...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (15:14)

Dame Emily is cleaning up the castle and evicting waxworks of a noble family; a forlorn group, swathed in Biblical robes like a nativity that has long lost its sale-by date, to make room for a swanky office in the Norman guard room. Meanwhile I have moved house and it...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (11:45)

The highlight of the festivities was 'Oliver Twisted' a satirical and subversive panto at the Tabernacle, off Portobello Road. Written by Peter Jack, 'Oliver Twisted' was worthy of 'Private Eye' at its best (he ought to be on the staff), laced with wicked wit and peppered with localized 'in' jokes....

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The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (15:28)

Thames and Hudson kindly sent me In My view 'Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists' Edited by Simon Grant. Artists on art are often more illuminating than the art critics and commenters themselves, (myself included,) and this book is no exception, however it lacks consistency. Some of the...

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The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (12:52)

This week's highlight was lunch, (albeit only canapes) at the new swanky Blain Southern Gallery on Hanover Square for Francesco Clemente. Clemente was one of the stars of the Trans Avantguardia in Italy and shot to fame, when his paintings were exhibited in the groundbreaking "New Spirit in Painting' at...

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The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2012 | (22:13)

This week has been an art marathon. I went to the new Pace Soho to look at Keith Coventry's 'JUNK', Macdonald- meets-Malevich canvases, cool Suprematist compositions, that have a disarming subliminal effect on one, until further scrutiny reveal reconfigurations of the burger joints' logo, each with a price tag of...

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The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2012 | (22:30)

My husband developed violet and allergic reactions to our cottage in the village of Manorbier; he is totally allergic to it: excema eruptions, asthma attacks, streaming eyes and sneezing fits. So we had no other recourse than to quit Manorbier, until the damp spores can be eliminated, and return to...

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The Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2012 | (22:14)

'Keep failing and fail better' says Samuel Beckett, the absurdist playwright, which has been my mantra this week. Everyone, bar one has opted out of the Esther Freud course and the Welsh t.v crew, who were to film the course and castle never materialized. It has been a spectacular failure,...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2012 | (16:39)

The muddle factor is high. Only a few days ago the Esther Freud course was fully booked and we were turning people away. Now people are dropping out at an alarming rate; Mrs Getty is detained in the US, two journalists have pulled out, another has cancelled, and Boojam from...

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Manorbier Castle Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (13:50)

The first Manorbier Castle writer's retreat begins this week led by novelist, Esther Freud, of 'Hideous Kinky' fame; remember the movie, with Kate Winslet dancing around Moroccan souks ?

The castle is on the West coast of Wales buffeted by Atlantic winds, sometimes so strong that sea gulls are...

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