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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 J. C. Daniels' Final Protocol.

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 on Friday day. Hop over there and read what I thought of Annabelle Jay's Caron High News.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
28 August 2015 @ 07:00
Back in the middle of July, I headed up to Scotland for a university class reunion, with some catching up with old friends and old haunts either side of the main event.

On the Saturday morning, I visited the National Museum of Scotland, which has changed a lot since I was last there. It seems a lot bigger inside for a start:

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There were lots of fabulous exhibits as well, some of which were easier to photograph than others...Pictures under this cut:Collapse )

There was also a fabulous exhibition of Victorian photography, which I recommend people visit if they get a chance before it ends in the middle of November.
 
 
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 Lillian Marek's Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
While I was away from the internet, my latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Lisa Nicholas' As Lost As I Get.

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 Donna Alward's Summer on Lovers’ Island.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
This month's post from me over at Women and Words is all about the recent walk I did around Huddersfield, exploring the history of the women's suffrage movement in the area (courtesy of Discover Huddersfield and Jill Liddington). Go read!
 
 
Stevie Carroll
12 August 2015 @ 19:00
Exactly a month ago, I met up with kalypso_v and julesjones to visit the annual Didsbury Car Show.

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There was a vast range of vehicles on display... More photos under hereCollapse )

As well as looking at lots of pretty cars, we also did the rounds of the local charity shops, and emerged with a great haul of books between us.
 
 
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 Lynne Connolly's Danger Wears White.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
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 Dorothy Garlock's Twice in a Lifetime.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
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 D.E. Stevenson's Celia’s House.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
03 August 2015 @ 21:00
As I may have mentioned, I now own two treadle sewing machines. The Jones that originally belonged to Nana has travelled up and down the country with me on a promise of one day being repaired, while the Singer that Dad rescued from a barn two months ago is in serious need of at least a clean up before I can have it in any of the rooms I've finished renovating. It may eventually need its missing veneer replacing, but I'll try rubbing it down and waxing or staining the woodwork first.

And here they are in what's going to be the Dining Room... Photos under this cut:Collapse )

There's a man in town who should be able to help me with the mechanical parts and with getting hold of new belts, so I should end up with a pair of decorative and useful pieces of furniture.
 
 
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 Lynne Connolly's It Started At Waterloo.

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 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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