This book was a follow up to cobwebs and cream teas which i really enjoyed. Mary continues to give us the tales of running the house five years on now that her husband Chris is incharge of the running of the house and not houseman anymore. It still has many entertaining moments like the previous book and it keeps you interested all the way, you want to read on to find out what happens next. My only critisism is that Mary goes over some old details from the first book and i didnt feel we needed to read these over again in such detail, a slight reminder would of done. It has made me want to visit felbrigg hall for myself to fully understand what the pair of them looked after and went through.
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 further 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. Although Mary does refer to anecdotes from her previous book, this was either necessary (a) for those who had not read the 1st book, or (b) in order to expand on the subject further. I just wish Mary had written more books on the subject.