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Cara Elliott/Andrea Pickens
historical romance author
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Wonderful blog, Anne! I am definitely a list maker, though I wish I could say mine are a pretty as some of the ones you show here. They are the simple, no-nonsense bullet lists.And LOL on adding things already done to have the satisfaction of crossing them off! Guilty as charged! Love your historical examples, too. I think it's so true that writing down a "To Do" list stimulates focus and drive. I know I get more done with that sheet of paper stares up from the corner of my desk. (But yes, overloading it with impossible demands can also be discouraging. Which is why I keep my paper 5" x&', and get the satisfaction of frequently reaching the end, getting to crumple it up–TASKS DONE!—and start a new one.
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Yes, just listened too. It was really terrific!
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Just listened to it, Shannon. Really wonderful! Thanks again!
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Thanks SO much for sharing,Shannon! Am dashing off to watch it right now!
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Ha—make it look effortless is right! It's a huge amount of work to maintain a garden. I know a lot of people find it relaxing, but I start getting antsy to be back at my desk writing. I love the results of gardening, but just don't have the temperament for it. LOL at your perfectionist friend! Nature is not made for perfection—or rather perfect symettry.
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I'll sign up for that! And yes, Shannon—please report back if there's a podcast!
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Oh,lucky you Shannon! I visited Stoke Park, outside of London, which has sections designed by Capability Brown.It was wonderful to see the vistas. What a great story about finding the sketches, and now having the chance to recreate the design. It makes you wonder about all the hidden treasures, like manuscripts and painting and prints, that are still in drawers and attics!
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Central Park has some lovely areas! And you're so right—gardening takes a LOT of time and work. I realized pretty quickly that it's a hard passion to have on top of writing, and besides, I just didn't have the patience for it. I have some nice planters . .. but that's the extent of my green thumb!
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Sue, the Romantic movement had a huge influence on English garden design. A return to Nature—or a carefully cultivated appearance of wildness—became the model. And less formal strictures appealed to the new individualism. I'm like you—I'd much rather spend time in a place that feels natural, even though it may have been created by an architect. That's not to say I don't admire formal layouts, but I just respond more emotionally to a less cultivated look.
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So true. I'm of the cozy and casual school. Parterres do not encourage you to take off your shoes and laze in the grass reading a good book. And that's my idea of a great way to hang out in a garden. I love the natural look, and a certain wildness, which I find relaxing.
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“With large sweeping expanses of lush green fields, groupings of trees, winding paths, and serpentine-shaped rivers and lakes, the English landscape appears as an ideal form of nature; it is, however, an expertly crafted construct.” —from the exhibit, "Moving Earth" Andrea/Cara here, Spring is bursting into bloom where I am, the colors and textures transforming the stark planes of winter into a whole new landscape. It got me to thinking about how trees and shrubs and flowers shape our perception of our surroundings. Modern life, with all its crowded cities and endless strip malls, has tended to dull that bond... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Word Wenches
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Wonderful post, Susan!. And great suggestions by our readers. I'm on the road, away from library, but a great opening line is from Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Grave. (okay, I am cheating a little because it is two sentences): "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, ws still twitching upon the floor."
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Oh, Lousia, Chatsworth is very high on my list too. I've never mine (yes, I know—shame om me! I tend to get caught up in London and miss getting to the countryside. All the more reason for more trips acorss the Pond! And the Pavilion would be fabulous too. How about a roadtrip? (er, plane trip)
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As I read about Old Bailey, I was thinking of Newgate too. Yes, talk about misery. But it would be fascinating to know more aboutit. I think wealthy prisoners could purchase better conditions . . .I will make a note to do it for a future blog.
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Oh, Elizabeth, I LOVE the Museum of London, and have a picture of that cell! Loved the room on Vauxhall Gardens, too. It's a terrific place. I also love the Dockyard Museum, which is a fascinating history of London from the maritime perspective.
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It's amazing all the records that one can get online. It would fascinating to dive in—but talk about a time suck! But nirvana for a history nerd.
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Oh, lucky you, Sonya. I've always dreamed of living in London for a while! Maybe some day. And how cool that you were atop the Cheshire Cheese.
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Andrea/Cara here, I’m in the middle of a new WIP which involves criminal activities (no spoilers!) and found myself throwing the term “Old Bailey”—the famous court building in London—when several of the characters were talking about a possible trial. Now, that name, like Newgate Prison, is an iconic one when speaking of Regency justice. However I realized I was pretty fuzzy on its actual details, so decided I had better do some quick research in order to get everything right. As our readers know, the Wenches all enjoy doing research, and I’m no exception (yes, yes, we are all history... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Word Wenches
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What a great idea!
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So glad you are enjoying this post. We had great fun discussing it among ourselves. There are SO many oldies but goodies!
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This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!
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Oh, me neither. A name from the past. Yet another forgotten treasure to think about!
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Like, Nicola, I'm adding her to my list!
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Oh, now I HAVE to read Ley! She sounds wonderful!
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It's a fabulous read, Katrina. You will love it. And despite all the concrete and buildings, NYC has so many wonderful things to offer—hard to give it up!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2016 on Jo Beverley: Interview! at Word Wenches
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