Dry Rot and Daffodils: Behind the Scenes in a National Trust House

Dry Rot and Daffodils Behind the Scenes in a National Trust House If you thought living in a stately home was all gleaming banisters visiting aristocracy and priceless antiques read on The sequel to Cobwebs and Cream Teas this volume continues the often amusing s

  • Title: Dry Rot and Daffodils: Behind the Scenes in a National Trust House
  • Author: Mary MacKie
  • ISBN: 9780752834092
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you thought living in a stately home was all gleaming banisters, visiting aristocracy, and priceless antiques read on The sequel to Cobwebs and Cream Teas, this volume continues the often amusing story of life behind the scenes at a National Trust house, describing the pleasures and pains dry rot, blocked drains, and bubblegum on the Meissen of running Felbrigg Hall inIf you thought living in a stately home was all gleaming banisters, visiting aristocracy, and priceless antiques read on The sequel to Cobwebs and Cream Teas, this volume continues the often amusing story of life behind the scenes at a National Trust house, describing the pleasures and pains dry rot, blocked drains, and bubblegum on the Meissen of running Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.

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    1. Mackie’s husband Chris was the Administrator at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk in the 1980s. In this sequel to Cobwebs and Cream Teas, she again gives a roughly chronological tour of life at a National Trust property, this time going from one spring to the next and pausing to discuss safety, renovations, concerts and filming, new initiatives like attic and cellar tours, and the daily fending off of minor disasters. “When you’re responsible for a priceless property and its contents you can never [...]

    2. This book is a memoir set in the 1980s and following a book called Cobwebs And Cream Teas, which detailed the first year in the life of a couple working in a National Trust property in Norfolk. This book covers three years during which the husband was the manager of the house. The couple lived in a flat on the premises in Felbrigg Hall and then of course they had no mobile phones or internet. A few cheeky drawings are scattered through the pages. Reading this I was continually struck by the leve [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book; it was interesting to find out what goes on in a National Trust property. But I felt it was a bit shallow. People were glossed over - I felt I didn't really come to know Chris, the administrator and husband, at all - and the various incidents often weren't covered in enough depth.

    4. I picked this up after spending a weekend looking around grand old houses and was pleasently suprised, as not only was this book intersting, it was an enjoyable read.

    5. there is quite a lot of repetition of anecdotes from the first book. I'm certainly not going to bother with the next one!

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