Writing with words & images

Happy to be out and about and finally having a meal in a restaurant in Bath.

I am Dee La Vardera, writer and photographer from Wiltshire. I write magazine features, short stories and dabble in poetry. I have published non-fiction books about Wiltshire, and the Second World War. I have just finished An illustrated history of C. & T. Harris (Calne) Ltd: 250 years of success, failure and regeneration for Amberley Publishing.

‘Dewfall-hawk’ is Thomas Hardy’s poetic word for the nightjar which appears in ‘Afterwards’,  a favourite poem of mine.

Whatever the medium – poetry, prose, music, painting, sculpture or photography, it is a joy to have the freedom to express oneself and to share one’s view of the world with others.

See my biography..


The Widows of Tounson Part 3 – 1841-1871

It’s a bumper edition of the Widows of Tounson Almshouses this month.  Four censuses to cover. It’s been useful to...
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The Widows of Tounson Part 3 – 1841-1871

Blooming marvellous!

Yes, these rhododendrons at Bowood are a wonderful sight, the image taken in the gardens on a recent visit. But...
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Blooming marvellous!

Who is H?

Sunday nights won’t be the same again. Over 13 million people will be tuning in tonight for the final episode...
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Who is H?

The Eight Widows of Tounson Almshouses – Part 2

These censuses show that nine women lived in the Almshouses  at this time. Note that the address of the Almshouses...
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The Eight Widows of Tounson Almshouses – Part 2