“Women are like teabags,

You don't know how strong they are until you put them in hot water."   Today's Friday Food for Thought is by Eleanor Roosevelt, American writer and civil rights campaigner, who was born on this day in 1884. Did you know? The use of tea bags is said to date back to 1908 when Thomas Sullivan,…

Staircase 9 17’s October bookshelf

Our book recommendation for October is The Real Jane Austen: A life in small things, by Paula Byrne.   Divided into chapters dealing with different items such as 'The East Indian Shawl', 'The Topaz Crosses', and 'The Box of Letters', it is a fascinating, readable and original exploration of the life of Jane Austen and the…