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Summer At The Cornish Cafe – Books

I love books....I mean I really love books.  I have thousands.  They've escaped the confines of the bookcases and shelving and now spread throughout the house in zig-zagging piles in the corridors and in every room.  I think my husband would like it if I had less books...the fact that I got another 12 for… Continue reading Summer At The Cornish Cafe – Books

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Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

I had never really thought about the connection between writers and gardens, until I attended a workshop at the Chelsea Physic Gardens last May, hosted by writer and journalist Jackie Bennett.  Suddenly a whole world of beautiful gardens and landscapes took on a whole new meaning as we saw how they had influenced the lives… Continue reading Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

Agatha Christie, days out, Devon, families, gardens, Greenway, heritage, history, lifestyle, Literature, museum, National Trust, travel, Writers, writing

Agatha Christie’s Greenway, Devon – National Trust

As a child I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, I had my regular cartoons and Worzel Gummidge which I loved.  My mum was not a big TV watcher, but what we always, without fail, sat down to enjoy was a good Agatha Christie.  Be it Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, we were hooked.  I… Continue reading Agatha Christie’s Greenway, Devon – National Trust

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Thomas Hardy – Far From The Madding Crowd

I recently discovered Dorset – not that I didn’t know it was there before, but more the fact that I never visit there as my obsession for many years has been Cornwall.  My grandparents used to go on holiday in Dorset every year and we have a wonderful collection of family holiday snaps taken in… Continue reading Thomas Hardy – Far From The Madding Crowd

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Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire

I have four big passions in life...literature...history...music and theatre.  Since I was a child I have been an avid reader of anything and everything and this love of books is something I've been working hard to introduce to my son.  The first time I was introduced to Jane Austen was when I visited her house… Continue reading Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire