In 2013, my husband and I visited Osborne House, in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a short Red Funnel ferry ride from Portsmouth. I specifically wanted to visit Osborne House to see if I had gotten details correct for it in LADY OF ASHES. I seem to always be visiting places after I’ve […]
Longleat is one of the most fascinating places in Wiltshire, England. Actually, you can’t call it a “place,” as it is really three different things:
First and foremost, it is the home of Alexander Thynn, the 7th Marquess of Bath. A very eccentric figure who resembles Richard Branson, the Virgin company tycoon, Thynn […]
For those who have read both LADY OF ASHES and STOLEN REMAINS, you know that Windsor Castle is a large royal residence where Prince Albert died on December 14, 1861. Today it is the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II, but Queen Victoria thought it gloomy, much preferring her seaside retreat of Osborne House on […]
Mews: a group of stables, typically with rooms above, built around a yard or along an alley.
Originally referring to the royal stables on the site of the hawk mews at Charing Cross, London, the Royal Mews has been located at Buckingham Palace since 1820.
I must confess that having visited England many times, it […]
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum is a fun way to spend the day in the town of Chichester, West Sussex.
I would describe it as essentially a large collection of buildings that have been transplanted from their original sites and put here to show visitors what life was like in England over the […]
I think this post needs to begin with a pronunciation of the word.
Ap-pull-der’-cum (The apples that grow in the valley)
Located on the Isle of Wight, it was the home of Sir Richard Worsley, the 7th Baronet Worsley. Sir Richard had a most unfortunate marriage, which resulted in a scandalous divorce case […]