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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reflections on Rye

Prodigal Wife found this beautiful photo of Rye at PublicDomainePictures.net, and it made me grin like a happy giraffe! At the end of the street is Lamb House, once the home of E.F. Benson (and Henry James before him)—better known as Mallards to millions of Mapp and Lucia fans like myself. Looking up at the conservatory, I so easily imagine Lucia spying on her neighbors from her music room. And one of the lovely cottages on the right must be George's home, before he became Lucia's husband (in name only, of course). Perhaps the one with the charming pink roses?

6 comments:

Martha said...

I have fond memories of Rye, a pub, those cobblestones and a delightful b and b.

Those pictures bring back all of those great memories!

The Farmer's Wife said...

OBVIOUSLY the one with pink roses! I love it! A happy giraffe, indeed.

Can I tell you how thrilled I was to find another Lucia-phile in the world?! We're a rare breed, anymore...

Thanks for the great picture. I'm a happy giraffe, now, too....

Lis said...

This seems like a lovely place to visit. I'll have to add it to my list! :)

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Mary Jane--there are more of us than you might imagine! Seek and you shall find, I promise you!

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Have you seen the wonderful Mapp and Lucia series from the mid-80s with Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales? It is perfection!

Hotels Fairy said...

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