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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Felbrigg Hall series of books
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Polishing up old tales ....
While using the same light-hearted, humourous approach one expects after "Cobwebs and Cream Teas" or "Dry Rot and Daffodils", the author has clearly run out of subjects to write about. We are still told about the misfortunes and funny incidents which inveriably occur, such as a child claiming that frogs give each other piggy-back rides in order to escape from an...
Published on 16 Aug 2005 by A. Lobensommer


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1.0 out of 5 stars Polishing up old tales ...., 16 Aug 2005
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While using the same light-hearted, humourous approach one expects after "Cobwebs and Cream Teas" or "Dry Rot and Daffodils", the author has clearly run out of subjects to write about. We are still told about the misfortunes and funny incidents which inveriably occur, such as a child claiming that frogs give each other piggy-back rides in order to escape from an ostensibly polluted pond, but most situations are only touched upon in passing and the reader is constantly being referred to - you guessed it - her previous books, if you want the details.
Once or twice may be fine, but several times each chapter is putting it on rather thickly... except, of course, if it's meant as a clever marketing device for her first two books about life in a National Trust house.
Especially the latter third of the book is well written and provides mainly new reading, however, the book is rather a disappointment due to the first two thirds. Has she run out of material? Some short stories or newspaper articles would have exactly fitted the bill, but a full-length book is just not supported, at least not if you you prefer not to be reminded of the same old tales time and again. To quote Mackie "The opening gambit, `When we were at Felbrigg ...' has been known to cause close friends to roll their eyes and mutter, `Oh, please!'" (p. 13) and I feel inclined to sympathise with them, if the same stories are being aired and brought up to be polished again and again. So much about Mackie's ""F" word" (p.13)!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 1 Nov 2009
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I loved the previous Mary Mackie Felbrigg Hall books, but this one was written long after the Mackie's left Felbrigg Hall. Many of the stories are repeats of the 2 previous books, although there are some new anecedotes included. Unless you are a real fan of Mary's, if you have read the previous books, dont bother with this one. If you have never read Dryrot and Daffodils or Cobwebs and Cream Teas, I would recommend that you read those in preference to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Felbrigg Hall series of books, 21 May 2013
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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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