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The Squirrel-Nut Issue 8, Jul 2015

Welcome to the Summer 2015 Edition of The Squirrel-Nut.

Marsh Fritillary

A beautiful and rare Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) perched on the hand of Joe (aged 7) on a recent trip into the Cotswolds.

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Richard & Su Wheeler
Fircone Books

In the News

Oxfordshire's Best Churches paperback

From a first person piece in the Oxford Times and a live interview with Charles Nove on BBC Radio Oxford to mentions in Chippy News and The Countryman, the paperback of Oxfordshire's Best Churches has received some great coverage. Read more on our News page or buy a copy today.


As featured on Toppsta

The Frog Band and the Onion Seller

The children's book review site Toppsta offered a few copies of The Frog Band and the Onion Seller for review. Here are a few of the responses:
'What an absolute delight this rather old-fashioned book is! Lucia 5, and little brother Elijah 2, were enthralled as we followed the adventures of the slightly naughty treasure seekers. Wonderful illustrations, complicated enough to hover over each exciting page... The chases, escapes and final reward make this a perfect story for fans of pirates, frogs and happy endings.'

Emilyfroggie-toadie and her frogs

'I have really enjoyed this book because it was very funny and I could not stop laughing. I loved the main characters because they were all frogs and I love frogs!!! Duke de Buffo Buffo finds a treasure map and he hires a frog detective to go to France to find it. The detective gets in a lot of trouble and it's so funny!!!'
- "Emilyfroggie-toadie" aged 7 Read more about Toppsta.


Just because ...

Harbour Seal, Isle of Arran

We thought we'd share this lovely photo of a sunbathing Harbour Seal taken on our visit to the Isle of Arran.

Other wildlife spotted included red deer, a red squirrel and a sea otter!

Coming Soon
Oxfordshire Stained Glass
20 Postcards

A tiny red cow, several angels, a bishop and an archbishop, birds with speech bubbles, the Life of Christ, Henry VII, one rose and two lilies, the Virgin Mary, a mother and her seven daughters, a golden lion and a flaming eye.

Oxfordshire Stained Glass 20 Postcards

Startling details and stunning artistry, from the fourteenth century to the twentieth, from medieval through Victorian to Arts and Crafts, from the famous, such as Iffley and Oxford St. Mary; to the less well-known, such as Waterperry and Longworth: a collection of images showcasing the beauty, rarity and wonder of Oxfordshire stained glass.

Each of the twenty images is printed as a high-quality postcard, pad-bound with a cloth spine, to keep or to send to friends. The reverse of each card has a short information text about the image.

£7.99 + £1 for P&P
Publication 10 September

Order for yourself or for gifts

20 Postcards

North Leigh St Mary plan

We thought you might like to see the postcard images mentioned above, so here is a mini scatter sheet showing all twenty images featured in Oxfordshire Stained Glass: 20 Postcards. Incredible to have such artworks on our doorsteps!

The art of stained glass

Brightwell Baldwin stained glass

The stained glass windows of Western Europe constitute the major form of pictorial art to have survived from the Middle Ages. In Britain, there is evidence for stained glass windows in churches at least as far back as the 7th century. In the wake of the Reformation, the art of stained glass all but died out, only to be revived by the glazier Thomas Willement in 1811.

As the name suggests, stained glass is coloured through the addition of certain metallic salts – for example chromium for green glass, cobalt for blue glass and gold for red glass. Details, such as faces and line work, were then painted onto the inner surface of the glass to complete the image.

The window pictured above is in St Bartholomew’s, Brightwell Baldwin. It dates from the fifteenth century, and shows the weighing of the souls at the Last Judgment, the tricksy Devil tugging on the scales so that the sins on the right outweigh the poor soul on the left.


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