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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2001
Mary McKie writes about her time living at Felbrig Hall in Norfolk, a National Trust property, where her husband spent 3 years as a Houseman.
She shows how the hall is very much alive all year round and how much work there is to do to keep the house preserved and in a suitable condition for visitors. Through the pages you will live with them and experience the many visits, frustrations and expectations that members of the trust and other visitors have of our historic houses.
In parts funny and in others very informative, one even feels frustrated on their behalf in some circumstances. A Wonderful book. If you read this you'll read "Dry Rot and Daffodils" immediately. A book you can't put down.
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on 6 September 2009
I was born only 3 miles from Felbrigg Hall, the National Trust property where this book is set. I have also voluntered for the National Trust, so I know the amount of work that is needed to upkeep properties and grounds. This book provides a fascinating insight into the work untaken by only a handful of people to maintain an old house, full of precious artifacts - whilst at the same time coping with hundreds of visitors every week, some of whom are extremely selfish and ignorant. I just wish Mary had written more books on the subject.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 October 2011
Mary Mackie has written three memoirs set at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk - Mary lived and worked at Felbrigg for several years.
Cobwebs and Cream Teas is about the time when Mary's husband took the job as Houseman at Felbrigg Hall. It covers each season over a year and focuses on the tasks and daily challenges that Mary and Chris had to deal with.

I was slightly disappointed with the book. It was interesting at the beginning, but after a while I found the same continual tone of the writing style difficult to remain engaged with. A National Trust property sounds like an interesting place to work, and live in - and this couple worked very hard at tackling jobs that had needed doing for a long time. Reading this account gave me the impression that the work is interesting to do, but not particularly interesting to read about.
Overall, this book is not as good as I'd hoped for, but then again my expectations were probably set a bit high. I was really pleased to discover a book set in a NT property and took it for granted that I would really enjoy it.
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on 21 May 2013
I just love this series of books about the life and times of Chris and Mary Mackie during their time taking care of Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. Mary writes with humour and sensitivity, portraying the fun and a lot of hard work during their years in residence.
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on 16 February 2015
Excellent product. Timely dispatch and well packed. Thanks. Would recommend to anyone.
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on 1 May 2015
An interesting look behind the scenes of a National Trust property. I loved it.
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on 7 August 2014
A great read. Really enjoyed it witty and fun
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on 21 April 2015
2nd book in trio
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