scribbles tagged ‘National Trust’

tinkle tinkle tinkle

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | tags: , , ,  |

servant call systemTyntesfield house has a bell-pull system to call servants. At the foot of the servant’s stairwell each bell is labelled with its location. I was surprised to see that nearly all the bells are the same size and shape.

They sound the same, they look the same.

Servants had to look at the bell moving then read the room description beneath to work out where they should go.

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ding dong bell, pussy’s in the well

Monday, April 25th, 2011 | tags: , ,  |

Facebook determined to destroy my self-esteemWendys – be prepared

Facebook advertising says so

With each Facebook personalised advertisement pushing me to update my relationships, jobs, looks – a little bit of my self-esteem slips away.

Actually it doesn’t. For some reason I’ve developed an immunity. I’m an exceptional person. It  seems like many women do loose a little bit of confidence, a little bit of heart. Advertising standards could do so much more to protect the mental health of the public, saving oodles of money

Today Facebook recommends that I get a rich (or poor) dad, presumably either by:

  • persuading my father to become an entrepreneur, or
  • marrying a ready-made dad

The other adverts suggest that before I can successfully bag myself an effective male entrepreneur I’ll need to lose 7 pounds in 10 days, head-off any rogue menopause symptoms and get my nails painted with miniature masterpieces representing different garden views from famous stately homes of Britain. You can just see Cliveden’s terrace garden on the last adverts’ forefinger

grrrrrrWhile on my annual national Holiday manoeuvres in National Trust properties I managed to snap this undercover, long-distance, sniper photo-shot on Cliveden’s terrace garden. Here we see an entrepreneur with child springing a suprise ambush on an unsuspecting slightly plump, sweaty, female with unpainted nails

Be careful out there


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family fun

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | tags:  |

Basildon Park was cast as Netherfield Park in the 2005 Working Title production of Pride and Prejudice.   Like the Bennet family I popped up to the Park for some fun.   Like Elizabeth, my hems  became a little bit muddy from wandering through  the parklands.    I do understand the fun of the services provided…

  • playing large draughts on a slippery garden surface during a drizzle downfall
  • dressing up as Bob the builder on a real building site and playing with pretend  power-tools

despite the glossy, green,  signage,
I don’t understand the family fun of plant pots containing dead plants.

Outdoor draughts Bob the builder dressing up kits Basildon Park front Family fun

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