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on 11 June 2005
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.
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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 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.
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on 25 May 2010
Having visited Felbrigg Hall on many occasions, and been delighted in the building and grounds. It was lovely to read about what goes on behind the scenes.

One can really imagine what it is like what is like to run and manage such a wonderful building. With all the ups and downs that come with such responsibility.

A book well worth buying and reading, especially if you intend to visit the Hall and grounds.
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Great read, very interesting insider view of the workings of all of behind the scenes effort that makes a visit to any NT property so enjoyable.
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on 21 October 2012
Nice book for National Trust members or non-members. Interesting account of a whole year in the life of a NT house.
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on 11 August 2016
The book was exactly as stated by the seller. The content was very funny and I enjoyed it very much
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on 1 May 2015
This book was in very good condition, and a lovely gentle read.
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on 7 August 2014
Another great read from Mary Mackie.
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on 13 June 2015
Excellent
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