I thought I might have a new book for the reading list and to discuss here already, but I haven’t quite finished it, so here’s another catch-up from 2010. Far less frustrating than that current novel, which I’m literally only reading the second half off to discuss here!
I assumed I must have discussed this book here before, but apparently I actually hadn’t reread it in the past three years. It’s part of a trilogy discussing the author’s experiences living at Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property her husband Chris Mackie was working at and then managing.
Like the others it is both informative and amusing, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. As a former long-term National Trust member, it’s decidedly interesting to find out more of the behind-the-scenes action, and the lives still lived at these properties we mostly only see as day visitors, trying to get a taste of what went on there in the past.
Despite all my intentions I never did get out to Felbrigg itself, not having any other reason to go in that direction, but I much enjoyed the NT sites in and around London, and previously York, when I was living there. If we lived in the UK I’d probably be a member still.
But back to this book. While I believe all three of the series were written after the Mackies left Felbrigg, this third is the one that’s really set after they left, with much discussion of their later visits back, and reminiscences of their own time there. This makes it possibly more episodic than the others, although I don’t call that a fault.
Well recommended for anyone who enjoys gentle humour, background looks at public places, or National Trust members generally!
- National Trust: A question of trust in presenting the past (telegraph.co.uk)
- Blickling, Norfolk: Walk of the week (telegraph.co.uk)
- Top 10 National Trust gardens for snowdrops (telegraph.co.uk)
- Blakeney Hotel, Norfolk: hotel review (telegraph.co.uk)
- National Trust Christmas Gifts That Make a Real Difference (prnewswire.com)
- National Trust Reveals Rare Thatched Moss Found on New Sites in Southern England (prnewswire.com)
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