Cobwebs and Cream Teas

Cobwebs and Cream Teas Taking a look behind the scenes at a year s events at a National Trust house Mary Mackie recounts her often humourous experiences as wife of the houseman at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk Along with the ha

  • Title: Cobwebs and Cream Teas
  • Author: Mary MacKie Sue Hellard
  • ISBN: 9780575059801
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Taking a look behind the scenes at a year s events at a National Trust house, Mary Mackie recounts her often humourous experiences as wife of the houseman at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk Along with the hard work came exciting discoveries and the certainty that life would never be dull again.

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    1. Mackie’s husband was Houseman and then Administrator at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk in the 1980s – live-in roles that demanded a wide range of skills and much more commitment than the usual 9 to 5 (when he borrowed a pedometer he learned that he walked 15 miles in the average day, without leaving the house!). Her memoir of their first year at Felbrigg proceeds chronologically, from the intense cleaning and renovations of the winter closed season through to the following Christmas’ festivities [...]

    2. Interesting behind the scenes view of what happens, or did in the '80s, to keep a stately home running. I would love to visit Felbrigg Hall and see what it's like now. Very easy to read.

    3. Mary's husband decided to pursue life as a resident assistant or director of a National Trust House - Felbrigg House, in Norfolk, England. This book wasn't full of action or big events, but it was a very enjoyable read. Laid back with light humor and little events in the daily running of a big house. It was easy to pick up and put down at odd moments and not feel lost. I tend to read lots of books at once, so this suited me perfectly. She has written two others, continuing their story and I plan [...]

    4. As a current National Trust House Steward this was a wonderful read. It's amazing to think how much has changed- and how some things really haven't! Mary Mackie perfectly captures the hard work along with the incredible rewards of working in such beautiful places. I think this is must read for all NT staff.

    5. OK I will now have to visit Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk as this is the second book about Felbrigg that I have ended up reading. The author's husband became houseman at Felbrigg Hall and this book is about their first year at the Hall. Talk about having to be a jack of all trades and it sounds like hard work with very little time off but never a dull moment.

    6. DISCLAIMER: I would not recommend this book to many. It is a pleasant, dry account of a woman living in a National Trust House and the minutiae of the plethora of problems that crop up. However, if you're an old-soul or someone who's lived a long quiet life, you just might enjoy it.

    7. Very much enjoyed this memoir of a couple serving as houseman and wife at a National Trust house in England.

    8. One year memoir of living in a National Trust property. More of a rant on how hard it was and how amazing the author's husband is than an interesting account of the year.

    9. A delightful and wry look at the joys and challenges of running a stately home for the National Trust. I loved it.

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