Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013
This year, the Hall re-opened after many years of closure. This fireplace was located in a store, restored and replaced, using old photographs of the interiors to find it's original home. It looks beautiful and, like much of the woodwork at Leith, is interesting in being 'upcycled' in the C19th from random old woodcarvings, sculptures, even church pews.
Friday, 9 August 2013
This is Chiswick House in London (Leen, you will recognise this). It was built as a party house for Lord Burlington and modelled after an Italian villa. Inside it is all interconnecting rooms for eating, socialising and dancing. Originally, the larger house(for actually living in) stood alongside but sadly was demolished.
The house also has stunning landscape gardens. It is a great place to visit. The house belongs to English Heritage and there are details here.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
It is the short, but powerful, engaging and darkly amusing Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. The story is of a student from Pakistan who finds himself torn between America and his own country, while struggling with his relationship with a damaged and sensitive girl. It is beautifully written and very gripping.
I believe it is about to be made into a film also, although it seems better as a book, being all in the first person.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
I also loved his fantasy thriller Hard Boiled Wonderland and his book What I think about when I think about Running. My brother Tim would like that one. It's about running.