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Thursday, 6 February 2020

A Regency Reticule: Stable Practice in the Georgian Era

My good friend Heather King has written an excellent book which is the vade-mecum for facts about horses in history, and this is an excerpt from it.

A Regency Reticule: Stable Practice in the Georgian Era: The following excerpt comes from The Horse: An Historical Author's and Reader's Guide. Amazon UK       Amazon US In the cou...

Friday, 8 November 2019

Sarah's adventures in Brighton

Yup, I know it has been a while since the Brighton trip; life got busy.
Unfortunately  photos inside the pavilion are not permitted; but let me try to describe it.   However opulent you think you can imagine it is more so.
Decoration is on every surface; and golden dragons and wyverns.  I loved the 10' tall golden snaky dragons which were coiled to tuck the curtains into when they were drawn back.  And for dragons I forgive a lot of excess ... vulgar? hell yes, but it is so over the top it almost works.  When we left it was in a haze of bling overload. Though only one room was truly uncomfortable - the red reception room, which was so overwhelmingly scarlet that I fled through it in a hurry. what a way to depress pretensions of visitors you don't want!
Simon was amazed how small the grand piano was.  I was blown away by the iron pillars in the kitchen topped with cast iron palm leaves, in the semblance of trees.  I doubt servants appreciated dust catchers out of reach over where they were preparing food! 

the riding house

and this is the way in to the kitchen complex...

 And some details of the decoration

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Sarah's adventures in Bath part III

Day three we went to Pulteney Bridge which in the Regency was the new bridge.  Unfortunately while there my camera ceased working - turned out to be a faulty connection in the lens, not the camera - phew! the cheapest half - and not worth repairing.  Whilst consulting the very nice man in the camera shop near the Abbey I was told that there are tunnels under Bath and that there is a bricked up one in the cellar of that shop.  Anyone who knows more, I would dearly love to know.

 Some back alleys which I don't think have changed much, including Sally Lunn's cake shop
Looking to the downs on the other side of the river

Looking down into Parade, once St James's gardens

 Looking up Gt Pulteney St past Laura Place towards Sydney Gardens
 Looking across the river at the site of the old assembly rooms
pulteney bridge
the tunnel under the bridge with access to the cellars of the shops on it.

and after my camera died, thanks to Anne Seebaldt who took these from the city side of the river:

Thursday, 29 August 2019

The Regency Miss's Survival Guide to Bath

The book I have been researching for is out, and has been described by author Susana Ellis as 'Meticulously Researched'.  It's almost all from primary sources, local newspapers and extant period guidebooks.  All you need to know about travelling to Bath and living there ... between 1810 and 1820.

The Regency Miss’s Survival Guide to Bath is now available!  This book is written for Regency writers and readers alike who love the romance of Bath. It is not a history of Bath, nor its famous sons, it is a book about the everyday things a Regency Heroine might get up to, and what entertainments were available for her delight.
I laboured long and hard to put hyperlinks in the kindle version, I hope I have covered every link needed!