A weekend away

It’s been great fun seeing the letter meme travel around the blogosphere – I haven’t had time to interact with anybody’s list, but I will do so when I can.

I spent this weekend in the Lake District, going to my dear friend Epsie’s wedding (Epsie is the nickname I use, rather than an unusal name… and she calls me Bill).  I managed not to take any photos of the wedding day (oops) but did take some of the Youth Hostel I was staying in, in Hawskhead.  It had pretty stunning views.

It was also – albeit very briefly – the residence of Francis Brett Young. It’s not the first time I’ve stayed in this hostel, or the first time I’ve noticed this plaque, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned him here.  He’s one of those authors I see a lot in secondhand bookshops (particularly while hunting out E.H. Young) but have never read. Has anybody read anything by him?

I read 3.5 books over the weekend, with long train journeys, but in the hostel grounds I was reading a (probably, for this spate, final) Agatha – as I have it out of the library: Sparkling Cyanide (1945). An enjoyable premise, a slightly far-fetched conclusion, some interesting characters… not her finest, not her worst.

7 thoughts on “A weekend away

  • June 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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    Lovely pictures. I have read a few Francis Brett Young novels, I would particularly recommended, A man about the house, This little World, My Brother Jonathon and Dr Bradley remembers, though White Ladies is also excellent.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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    What a beautiful area. You wouldn't want to leave it. Looks like a nice weekend.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 6:31 am
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    I so love the Lake District, When I lived in Lancs it was only about an hour away and possible to go there for lunch and a bit of a walk, and I miss that, even though France is also beautiful, of course.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 7:37 am
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    FBY is excellent, I love Far Forest and This Little World. I and Someone Else are members of the FBY Society, although haven't been to one of their meetings for ages. Highly recommended.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 7:46 am
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    I thought she'd sort of done that far-fetched conclusion elsewhere too (The Blue Train springs to mind) but I found the female characters of Sparkling Cyanide very intriguing, as well as the London restaurant bits. (I'm not going to comment on your holiday destination as I am too jealous!)

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