Stevie Carroll
28 December 2014 @ 07:00
The big snow of 2014, predicted to fall between 6am on Boxing Day and 11am the following day, reached Derbyshire sometime after sunset. By Saturday morning, there was rather a lot of the stuff, with the news reporting that the county and parts of South Yorkshire had received more than elsewhere.

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Driving home in the afternoon was rather interesting, since none of the roads appeared to have been visited by either a snow plough or a gritter, but there was next to no snow once I reached Huddersfield.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Sherry Thomas's My Beautiful Enemy.

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Stevie Carroll
26 December 2014 @ 07:00
Just in time for Christmas as well! It needs a good clean before we lay the new floor, but I think it looks stunning already. We managed to salvage most of the old woodwork and re-stained in, then just added in dado and picture rails. The new wallpaper really sets everything off, and I'm so pleased we swapped out the old suite for replica Victorian and Edwardian pieces. I'm very proud of the shower, too, even if there's a bit of a knack to getting the water temperature correct.

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Kitchen again next...
 
 
Stevie Carroll
25 December 2014 @ 07:00
Have a great day, whatever and however you choose to celebrate:
Bamford 141214 (15)
 
 
Stevie Carroll
24 December 2014 @ 07:00
The Sunday before last, I was staying in my parents' village and joined Mum on a short walk to deliver some Christmas cards. The first sign of anything unusual that we encountered was the presence of two police vehicles with flashing lights, but no sirens, one of which continued past us, and the other of which stopped just past the village green. We continued on our way to the bottom of the village, where we once again encountered the first police vehicle, now blocking off the road.

Learning from another local that a wide load would be coming through, I got out my camera.

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Who says nothing ever happens in villages?
 
 
Stevie Carroll
23 December 2014 @ 07:00
On 6th December 2014, Haddon Hall opened for the festive season: the first time Christmas has been celebrated there in a good many years. The Tudor Group were there for the first weekend, with a host of activities and anecdotes to entertain visitors. Ruth Goodman was in fine form, inviting people to enter the lottery, although she was also heard to complain about the cold -- not surprising since the fire in the great hall had been lit the previous day for the first time in a month.

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Sadly, even the non-alcoholic mulled wine, drunk in front of a log fire in the boot-room, wasn't enough to keep me warm for the entire day, so I had to skip most of the afternoon's festivities.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Sierra Donovan's No Christmas Like the Present.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Chelsea Fine's Right Kind of Wrong.

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Stevie Carroll
20 December 2014 @ 21:00
The 2014 Hootenany is in full swing over at Women and Words and today, Day 9, one of the prizes up for grabs is a pair of print books from me: A Series of Ordinary Adventures and Tea and Crumpet. Hop over there and comment for a chance to win them or an assortment of other bookish prizes.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Rexanne Becnel's The Christmas Train.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Joanna Wylde's Reaper’s Stand.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Donna Alward's Christmas at Seashell Cottage.

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My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Lillian Marek's Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Stephanie Tyler's Vipers Run.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Julie Ann Walker's Full Throttle.

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Looks like there's an author guest post and an excerpt scheduled over there for later too.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Katherine Swartz's The Other Side of the Bridge.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of Donna Alward's Treasure on Lilac Lane.

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Stevie Carroll
18 November 2014 @ 07:00
Having splurged on furniture on Friday, I went to Sunday's antiques fair determined to only buy items that were a) on my list of stuff to track down and b) instantly useful and/or easily bought with the cash I had on me.

Most of the stalls were full of pretties that didn't fit the bill, but two had jumbled selections of old medicine bottles for not much money. So I bought 2 on one stall for £3 each, and 3 on the other for £2 each, all bearing labels from the same Huddersfield chemist. I already have a medicine cabinet to restore, and now I have the beginnings of stock for it.


Finding corks for the two that are missing them shouldn't be much of a problem either:
Bottles 161114
 
 
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My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread has gone live. Hop over there and read what I thought of KE Payne's Once the Clouds Have Gone.

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This month's post from me over at Women and Words is all about my recent visit to The National Coal Mining Museum for England. Go read!