Saturday, April 9, 2011

Betty and the Real World

An Independent Woman:
Some Mitfords...sans Nazis.
She finds a job in The Lady repairing curtains--a job never to be found in far-off America where the tapestries aren't even old enough to have a chance to molder:
The magazine was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the maternal grandfather of the Mitford sisters.  Mitford sisters?  They are characterized thus: Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur

Stourhead.  I seriously need to get my bottom over to Stourhead.  If an RDD swings by Stourhead (in any weather) there's certain to be a proposal in the offing.  Here's a drool-worthy list of all the most visited National Trust sites.  Stourhead is numbeo dos:
  1. Wakehurst Place Garden — 439,627 (administered and maintained by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
  2. Stourhead — 351,358
  3. Waddesdon Manor — 348,308
  4. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal — 339,326
  5. Attingham Park - 257,340
  6. Polesden Lacey — 256,493
  7. Belton House — 249,785
  8. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge — 248,609
  9. Calke Abbey - 244,767
  10. St Michael's Mount — 240,557

A Summer Idyll:

Dear Rhenen, Why are you famous for bishops?
Kasper lives in Rhenen - it's on the Rhine. Phoebe says 'weren't there bishops there at one time?'  I did look around a bit but fail to get the cultural reference.  Any mention of bishops in the Rhenen wiki article are of a bishop of Utrecht who commissioned the defensive city wall (in ancient Europe defensive walls were two-a-penny) but that's not exactly information one could toss off, no?