Nostell Priory

 Nostell Priory is the nearest National Trust property to where I live, so, it's an obvious choice for a lovely place to go for a stroll.
 The house is surrounded by extensive parkland and gardens, including three lakeside walks.  Benches are placed in convenient spots and its always a joy to watch the swans, geese and ducks, especially when accompanied by their young.

Lovely to see a swan settled on its nest having a doze on a warm afternoon.
 The house itself is an eighteenth century Palladian style built for the Winn family.

Inside, is a remarkable collection  of Chippendale furniture built especially for the property.

Of course, after all this walking, it's compulsory to stop at the cafe
for some coffee and cake.


Despite rumours to the contrary I am writing away at my novel. I should say 'reading' away at my novel, Resolution.  On very good advice I have read the whole book, out loud, preferably when no one is around to hear me! It's actually a very good way to 'hear' your mistakes, such as duplicated words, wrong tenses and 'clunky' sentences.  I have also been brave enough to pass it on to two readers, who promise to come back to me with honest opinions and not just say 'nice' things. When they finally give me their assessments maybe I'll be ready to take the next step and seriously consider submitting it to a publisher.  Fingers crossed.


  1. I've never been to Nostell Priory, but it looks a lovely place.
    Fingers crossed for your readers' honest opinions! :-)

  2. Finger's crossed and I hope they don't keep me waiting too long.

  3. Nostrell Priory looks lovely Carol, I'll add it to the list of potential places for us to visit sometime. Really hope all goes well with the book

  4. This list is getting very long! :)

  5. What a lovely part of the country you live in, Carol. Hope you're ready to take the plunge with your submission very soon.

  6. Thanks Natalie, fingers crossed I will be. I must go and visit the Sculpture Park soon, not been for a while and it's only 15 minutes away. Now. there's a place you know!


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