Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Some Travellers' Tales from Anna Campbell


Hi Banditas and Buddies!

Just popping in to say that my good friend Nicola Cornick has put up a diary of our trip around the stately homes of the West Country (currently being inundated!) on her website, if you want to check it out.
Regency Writers On the Loose!

Anna (who couldn't possibly have eaten that many cream teas. Um, just looked in the mirror, maybe I did!)

16 comments:

Christine Wells said...

Lovely, Anna! It sounds like you and Nicola were kindred spirits. Glad you had such a super time. Toodle pip!

Helen said...

Those homes are beautiful looks like you and Nicola had a wonderful time one of these days I am going to get to see these places in person.
Thanks Anna
Have Fun
Helen

Anna Campbell said...

Helen, I hope you make it one day - and that it reminds you of all the wonderful historicals you've read. I know it works that way for me! And Christine, toodle-pip, old fellow, to you too!

Caren Crane said...

Oh, Anna, I am so jealous! All my historical-author friends (like you!) keep going on these fabulous tours of the British Isles and taunting me with their pictures. The pictures on Deb Marlowe's website, including the picture in her header/banner, were ones she took on her last trip to England. I long to go and see them all for myself!

Anna Sugden said...

Ah - it does this Brit girl's heart proud to see so many folks enjoying my homeland.

Sounds like you had a great time - hope you'll be over to visit once Keith and I are back. You too Caren.

Caren Crane said...

Anna S, you will be so sorry you ever extended an invitation to me! Though I try to be the PLG (perfect little guest), I'm afraid I get into "see everything" mode and tend to exhaust others. So many homes and gardens, so little time! *g*

Anna Sugden said...

LOL - I know I won't regret it! (Course I may just drop you off at the sights and provide you with food and wine when you return!)

Caren Crane said...

It's a deal! Then I'll just torment you with all the pictures on my digital camera. *eg*

Aunty Cindy said...

(Aunty turns GREEN with envy over both the lovely homes and Foanna's gorgeous purple sweater!)

In keeping with Christine's claim that Aunty has been EVERYWHERE I did see the White Horse of Uffington once upon a time (with husband #1) and stayed in a few GREAT B&Bs in the area. Alas, that was over 20 years ago, so I am WAAAY overdue for a return visit!

AC
who hopes to wring a similar invite from VA

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Caren, maybe we should visit VA together and then we can exhaust each other and get the squeals out of the way and be civilised when we get home to mine hosts? I think you'd be a hoot to travel with!

Cindy, isn't the white horse cool? He's the oldest of many white horses, apparently, and he's quite stylised, like an ancient Celtic design. If you sit on his eye, you get pregnant (now, that's not what I learnt in sex education!). I was very careful not to!

Here's his picture:

http://myhome.shinbiro.com/~kbyon/earth/images/horse.jpg

Actually, that whole hill was fantastic. The horse is just up from a knoll where St George is supposed to have killed the dragon and there's a patch of chalk where the dragon's blood spilled and grass has never grown. And the slope goes steeply down into a gully that they call the manger. The horse goes down there to graze at night. Nifty, huh? And there's an Iron Age fort just behind him that they call Uffington Castle. I can see why it was a defensive position, you can see for miles from the top! And it's part of the old pilgrim's path for prehistoric people to get to Avebury. I really felt I was in the middle of somewhere special when we visited.

Caren Crane said...

Oh, wow, now I really want to go! Not sure when you're next going gallavanting about the UK, Anna C, but take me with you! It's a much shorter trip for me than for you (though a much longer haul for Aunty C, since she's a Left Coaster *g*). I could be there in a flash!

And yes, we could talk all day (and night) and giggle our heads off. Poor Anna S. I feel sorry for her already!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Anna S is tough. She'll handle it! And believe me, she can talk and giggle with the best of them (actually, she wins on the shoe front whatever contest we're running!).

Aunty Cindy said...

(Note to self: AVOID eye of White Horse AT ALL COSTS!!!!)

Anna Sugden said...

You're all welcome - plenty of room. *grin*

Our house is in a small village just outside beautiful Cambridge - about 45mins on the train from London. And we overlook the Gog Magog Hills.

Keira Soleore said...

You know I mentioned before that orange and yellow are my favorite colors? Now I find that green is, too.

How absolutely cool, FoAnna, to have Nicola as your personal guide at Ashdown and elsewhere in the West Country.

V.Anna, I'm agog with curiosity. What are the Gog Magog Hill? As in, how did they acquire that colorful name?

Anna Sugden said...

Keira - good question - I don't know! Hubby is from that area and he doesnt either! I've just checked Wikipedia and they don't know (so I feel better).