Monthly Archives: April 2010

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Some of you may remember my posting of the video advertising the book Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the very first in the series.

I’ve not managed to read the books as yet, but I’m a big fan of the book videos!  They are genius.

Here is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – the Dawn of the Dreadfuls.  How did Elizabeth and her sisters become zombie slayers?

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Monumental

Just ‘cos I’m in a postcard kind of mood.

The tomb of Queens Elizabeth and Mary at Westminster Abbey.  I love tombs, and I love wandering around them at the Abbey!

Following on from tombs, here is the Guard’s memorial.  A beautiful thing, not dissimilar to the Cenotaph – at least to me!  Got to love real photo postcards too.

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Cool TV: The Vampire Diaries

Those of you in the USA were fortunate enough to be watching this show in the Autumn of last year.

We’ve had it in the UK since February, and though I slightly missed the beginning, it’s really beginning to grow on me.  I think it’s getting better as episodes go on.

It is of course, about vampires.  This time though, they are vampire brothers, one good, one evil who return to the small town of their birth.  Havoc ensues…

I must also give a mention to Francesco da Mosto’s Mediterranean Voyage, a programme I didn’t see the first time around, but I am loving on BBC HD.  Francesco is a Venetian, and I loved his series about Venice itself.

Go on, give them both a try…

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Back in Business

Wow, it’s that time of the year again – and the castle re-opened on the 1 April for the 2010 season.  I can’t believe that it has come around again already!  The Winter has been very long, and the castle unfortunately suffered its fair share of snow and associated leaks.

We had a pleasantly busy Easter with lots of egg hunters inside and outside the castle.  Here are the updates/changes for this year:

  • We have a new Great Hall carpet, the money for which was kindly donated.  It looks fabulous and has a lovely bouncy underlay!
  • We received new blinds to replace broken ones, and for rooms that had never previously had them.  Existing ones that could be fixed, were also.
  • The old film on the windows has now been replaced after many years with fresh UV film to stop nasty light coming in to spoil the collection.
  • Furniture has been put back to original positions in some of the rooms to improve visitor experience.
  • More items are again on display after repair etc.
  • We have also been updating information for visitors.
  • The Dining Room ceiling has finally been fixed, yay!
  • We have more heating, also donated – extra yay here from experience :mrgreen:
  • We have some new stuff in the shop along with old favourites
  • The castle restaurant is doing really well, phone to book.

That’s all I can remember for now!

In my research world, I was fortunate after three years of searching to finally find a living Fraser of the line.  We had previously thought that the line had died out, but it turns out the younger brother’s line is alive and well!  I have been happily updating records for this.

My next project is for the estate, and I am currently documenting all that I can find about the castle estate workers and house servants.  This will be really useful for enquiries, and give us a much better bigger picture of how the house the castle and estate were run.

Don’t forget to visit us!  I will post any event news as soon as I have it.

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