“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Saturday, February 28, 2009

"We're in with the servants, madam!"

Of course, nothing is perfect. Some of the bedrooms were wonderfully appointed with four poster beds. Rooms for couple traveling alone. We were given the original servants quarters at the very top of the house, up several steep flights of stairs. Even though our room was huge and filled with charming furniture, it was still the attic. The location was obviously geared for families traveling with small children, who could scream to their hearts content without disturbing the other guests. Poor us.
“They’ve put us in with the servants, madam!” I groaned rather dramatically.
“Must have known you came from Dagenham.” Frances smiled.
In spite of myself, I grinned back.


DandAinNYC said...

great story!

TheWritersPorch said...

Were you by yourselves? No bumps in the attic? ( I mean night)
Great post!

willow said...

Ah, yes, the fond memories of traveling with children. Probably safe from ghosts way up there in the attic.

Denise said...

I can see I have some catching up to do. Thanks for popping by my blog. The dog you mentioned was unfortunately not ours but our neighbors across the road.

david mcmahon said...

Dagenham? I know it well.

I used to spend every summer in the UK covering Wimbledon and the Test cricket.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

WP--no ghosts in this place, but we did have a ghost another year, appropriately enough, when we stayed at Baroness Orczy's (Scarlet Pimpernel) former estate.