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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of KJ Charles' The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Harriet Evans' A Place for Us.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
This month's post from me over at Women and Words is all about the 1940s rooms at Thwaite Watermill. Go read!
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Karyn Langhorne Folan's Amy’s Gift.

NB, this book is also Hugo-eligible.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Julie Ann Walker's Hell or High Water.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
12 July 2015 @ 09:00
While in Lancaster for a course, I went on a bit of an explore with my camera. I'd been sitting down all day, and needed to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. So I set off on foot from my hotel to a place I'd spotted from the car:

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There seems to be a lot to see and do in Lancaster, so I plan to go up there for a whole day soon.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
11 July 2015 @ 20:00
I was at Mum and Dad's last night, which gave me a chance to see the Well Dressing as soon as it went up this morning. I hadn't had a chance to help construct it this year, so I was prepared to be pleasantly surprised by whatever theme had been chosen:

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Having viewed the Well Dressings, I walked down to the garden centre and bought a veronica from the lost and lonely plants table. It's now installed at the front of the house between the rosemary and the buddlia. Photos to follow when the sun comes back out.

While wandering around the village with my plant, I also came across several notices informing all and sundry that under a 1947 Act of Parliament the main road will be closed to 'carts, carriages and other vehicles' for half an hour next Sunday in order that the people of the village may enjoy the 'event or pageant known as BAMFORD CARNIVAL'. I tried to take a picture with my phone, but it's difficult to read a flat image of a piece of A4 wrapped round a lamp-post:
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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Beth Cornelison's Under Fire.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
07 July 2015 @ 07:00
On Sunday the 7th of June, I went to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb with my parents.

We started off in the paddock, where we caught up with old friends and, of course, some fabulous (and sometimes very shiny) cars.

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Jonathen Varley and I continue to jinx each other. I thought I had just enough battery power to finally snap him going through the Esses, but he went off. He looked okay, but the front end of his lovely classic single seater was very squashed.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Amy Conner's Million Dollar Road.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
05 July 2015 @ 20:30
Watching BBC1's Fake or Fortune, my two thoughts are that I'd rather have one painting by Joe Scarborough than three by LS Lowrey, and that it's better to have an attractive fake than an ugly original. But then I'm a collector with an eye for the unusual...
 
 
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04 July 2015 @ 07:00
On 2nd June 2015 (my birthday!) Haddon Hall was offering free guided tours all day. Obviously, I joined one, and while I knew most of the history, I got to see all kinds of features that I hadn't spotted before.

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Then we moved on into the Chapel of St Nicholas:
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Inside the house...

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Leaving, I turned back on the bridge to take one last photo:
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Stevie Carroll
02 July 2015 @ 07:00
As promised to akane42me, I took some photos of my garden the other night.

The tree at the top end is still in need of attention:
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As are the climbing plants on the wall and fence behind (next to?) it:
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But the geraniums in the Wendy House windowboxes should be flowering any day now:
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Those of you who've been paying attention may remember my experiments in replanting the two of the box-beds. Well on of them seems to have some self-seeded lettuces in amongst the golden beetroot I planted:
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Meanwhile, in the old trough, the rose I brought all the way from Hampshire is really putting the other one to shame (still sulking after I moved it 10cm to the left?):
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As the houses are built on the old pleasure grounds of a grand mansion, we get some stunning plants growing without much effort, and all the gardens smell lovely when I go out with my watering can in the evening.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Celia Ashley's Dark Tides.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
On Sunday the 30th of May I paid a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse. The house is for sale, but the tours are continuing. The front of the house is the longest in England, and very difficult to fit into one camera shot...

The East Front from far off:
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And from a bit closer:
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Visitors can't take photos inside, but there are currently a fair few up to date views of the rooms on the estate agent's website, including the Whistlejacket Room (with 'that horse that looks like our Shah') and one of the rooms that was repainted for the filming of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The house is very impressive, even with so many rooms empty and in need of serious renovations (last thing I heard, the multi-million pound court case against British Coal was still ongoing, so the house continues to fall into the mines at one end).

However, once we went out of the house to explore what's left of the gardens (and the parts that have been restored following the post WWII opencast mining operations) we could take as many pictures as we wanted.

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After a tour that lasted somewhat longer than scheduled, because we were all taken up with admiring everything, I said good bye to the house for now, but took one last stroll to photograph the entrance to the stable block:
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Later on this summer, I plan to go back and sample another tour, probably the Clifford Tour.
 
 
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27 June 2015 @ 11:45
Before I rush off to the Leeds Steampunk Market, have some photos of a find from a previous event, finally hung in its proper place:

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Barbara Kyle's The Traitor’s Daughter.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
23 June 2015 @ 21:00
On Saturday May 30th a steam train passed through the Hope Valley.

This train to be precise:

A circular tour which has always been one our most popular and there is really no surprise when the route takes in both the Settle Carlisle and the East Coast route through Berwick. The Settle Carlisle needs no introduction with its fabulous scenery but less well known perhaps is that this beautiful scenery continues from Carlisle, over Beattock and through Carstairs right on to Edinburgh where we break for two to three hours. On leaving Edinburgh the light spring evenings allow us to enjoy the sweeping sea views along the East Coast through Berwick and Alnmouth towards Newcastle and home. As a guide we expect to depart St Neots around 0600, Peterborough around 0630 and Doncaster around 0800. After a break in Edinburgh of two to three hours we expect to arrive back into Doncaster around 2100, Peterborough approx 2230 and St Neots around 2300.

The view down the track from the platform is rather obscured by the curve of the line, and the train was going at a fair lick, but I got a couple of half-decent pictures.

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In August work are organising a day trip to York. Expect some less frantic pictures of steam locos after that.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Amy Jo Cousins' The Girl Next Door.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
This month's post from me over at Women and Words is all about this year's Castleton Garden. Go read!