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A week at a castle

First, let me apologize for the lack of posting this week. I recently received the tutor feedback for my final course module and, well.... let's just say I have a lot to do in two weeks before the deadline, so I may not be posting as regularly until then! BUT, I won't be disappearing. You'll get a post a week from me at least ;)

The manic studying also means that I have also had to put all my non-educational reading on hold, which is a shame as I was very happily making my way through The Seance by John Harwood, and really looking forward to starting The Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared as a joint read with Orisi B...

I guess the silver lining is that I am managing to keep up to date with World Without End on Channel 4 thanks to catch up, which is a slight relief, but I can't blog about that every day! (Well, I could, but it would get boring quick...)


Another reason my posts have been sparse (and the main reason of this post!) was something I did last week: I attended a conference at Lumley Castle, complete with medieval banquet!

With my recent posts on Tudor novels, and the current World Without End series enjoying a bit of popularity, it seemed more than fitting to share some photos with you. If you're planning on attending a medieval feast soon I have two tips for you: take a fork and avoid the mead! (I have still have a very painful cut on my hand I can't explain...!)

Lumley is a gorgeous castle hotel on the outskirts of Durham, and my snowy trip made it all the more lovely. It's turrets, forts and courtyards really transport you away from modern reality!:


The insides were like a gothic novelist's dream:


And the feast was a laugh, and although I probably wouldn't do it again unless I was drunk (too much group singing for my liking!) it really was fun. Everyone should do it once!


So, there you go! A few pictures of explanation in account of my absence. I'll be back on Friday with a surprise - keep your eyes peeled bookworms, I think you're going to like it! :)

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