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Merry Hall (Beverley Nichols Trilogy)

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My lovely old oak bedroom floors are indeed ski slopes and the beds have to be on blocks to stop people from rolling out of their beds.

Oh Chloris, I too hope you are soon recovered from your lurgy, but in the meantime I am glad you are taking the opportunity to be a little self-indulgent. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The beginning was great, lots of anecdotes about funny English countryside neighbors and pet cats and stubborn old housekeepers. He has a gift for humorous raconteurism that makes the reader a co-conspirator, but only in a public-facing way. Of building a reflecting pool: "It is the sort of thing which the Daily Herald will tell you can be dug over the weekend by a not very bright child with a not very sharp spade.Every leaf that taps against the attic window, every thorn that nestles against the bricks, is part of a barrier that keeps the twentieth century at bay. Indeed, by the time these words are published, I may already have been discovered floating under a clump of James Brydon nymphaeas, a variety of water-lily which is described in the catalogues as a deep old rose pink that somrtimes seems flushed with crimson. Throughout his writing Nichols is really quite arch and often decidedly wicked – a man of his class and time, there is not a whiff of PC about him, and he is definitely a bit of a snob. PS While I’m a rather reluctant gardener myself, I do enjoy sitting in the garden especially in the spring and summer.

I had a very successful garden this year, mostly because we were blessed with a record amount of rainfall during August, which is normally as arid as the Sahara. First Edition, with 3 frontispieces, decorative titles, numerous illustrations in the text and coloured pictorial endpapers, original cloth (red/green/blue respectively), yellow cloth backs lettered in gilt, coloured tops, fore-edges very lightly spotted else a near fine set in unclipped dustwrapper, the wrappers minimally chafed at heads and tails of backstrips. The garden has been tended for decades by Oldfield – a man of around seventy who worked for the last two of the house’s owners and knows the garden inside and out. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Oh Chloris – you must indeed be really poorly if you have not ventured out to see your galanthus ‘Three Ships’.

I read one of his books many years ago, borrowed from the library, forget which one, and meant to read more but just never have.Nichols is very much of his time, he made me laugh out loud several times, but he is quite proactive too I think. Hardbacks; red, green, and blue cloth bound-boards, backed with white cloth and matching title-label to spine, dust jackets. I often think that her illness really shortened his life, for she was able to do very little in the garden, and was exhausted after lifting heavy weights. As the story progresses, we hear a little bit about the house but mostly, the house serves merely as a frame for the garden. aww bless, here’s to you getting well soon and being able to check up on you treasures outdoors, which I hope will be blooming.

I have been inspired to plant some more flowers for next year, but really I was reminded how fortunate I am in having outside space – and this was the perfect book to read out there. The ghost of Stebbing is everywhere – and Nichols takes a quite violent dislike to everything about him.Boston Globe 19981203 Nichols brings unrestrained passion for plants and flowers to his story, set in the gossipy framework of quriky cats and eccentric neighbors, of reclaiming the derelict garden of a run-down Georgian mansion. The best way I can describe it is a HGTV special about English gardens, mixed with Grumpy Old Men and Downton Abbey, with a sprinkle of The Aristocats thrown in.

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