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A New Year’s Eve Shelfie-athon!

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Over on Twitter today we were swapping our favourite books, especially history – via our shelfies.

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Copped Hall

I’ve wanted to see Copped Hall since I was a child, but it was in a dangerous and ruinous condition so that wasn’t likely.  Since the late 90s however, the trust has been set up to preserve it.

Proud to visit it today and have a fabulous tour (with cake)!

Copped Hall

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Hyland’s House

This house is set in a beautiful park, and it is VERY MUCH restored.  Most people probably know more about the park than they do about the house, but I enjoyed a tour around it.

Nice warm day too!

Hylands

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The Great Hall at Kildrummy

Kildrummy

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Scone Palace

So the connection to Belle was Scone Palace where her portrait with Lady Elizabeth resides!  It was a last minute surprise and we had a nice picnic there too.

Popped by The House of Dun too which I hadn’t been to for years, love it.Scone

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A Trip to Glasgow

For some art research.  Wouldn’t be complete with a coned Wellington and horse outside GoMA!Glasgow

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Queen’s House, Greenwich

Just one picture to tease you from my trip to London.  I’d never been to Greenwich before so I had to see the Naval College and Queen’s House.  Beautiful location.

Queen's House

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A Day in Inverness

Had to pop by to Inverness to do some shopping at the lovely Leakey’s Bookshop was is in a converted church.  Books as far as the eye can see!

Nice views in Inverness too.

Inverness

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Leith Hall Re-Opens

I’m pleased to finally say that after 4 years Leith Hall has now re-opened!  Some of you may remember I did manage to visit before the closure and found it a lovely little treasure house.  Sadly, it has not been able to open until now.

Massive improvements have been made in the house, tea-room and garden and the Hall opened to the public for the first time on Friday, the main celebration happening yesterday (Sunday).

Do pop along to show your support and see all the good work that’s been done.  I’m off to see it as soon as I can – when I last saw it I was helping to pack the collection away for the imminent building works…

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Londinium Calling

It was so good to get back to London for a week!

I managed to see awesome members of family and fabulous friends to catch up and check out what they had been up to (my Aunt has taken to making awesome gemstone jewellery, which I’ll share some pictures of later as I bought some of her unique pieces).

Good people, good food – caught up with one of my fabulous fellow writers from Tuscany, AND I managed lots of revisits, sightseeing and shopping!

Places included –

  • National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Sir John Soane Museum
  • British Museum
  • Apsley House
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Hyde Park
  • Bloomsbury
  • City of London
  • Westminster

Here are a few highlights:

Apsley HouseApsley House

  St. Paul'sSt. Paul’s CathedralBMBritish Museum

 

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