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February 12th, 2014


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07:04 am - Wednesday Wish-Places: a witch-house
This week, oh gods and monsters, this week. As the work and the meetings and "the one more thing" have been flying toward me at a high rate of speed, all I can say is Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!

(Also, there is Pollen. Pollen Alert, every day. We hates it, precious, we hates it forever.)

So I am going to retreat to a Wish-Place today, just for a few minutes. It's a cottage, referred to as a "Witch's House," on the Blaise Castle estate in Bristol. The carving on the doors! The green everywhere! A real place to retreat, even though it's not a real Tudor cottage.

Blaise Castle Estate itself is famous -- an 18th-century Humphrey Repton landscape and architectural funhouse. The "Castle," while livable, began as a folly: Jane Austen used it ironically in Northanger Abbey as a place Catherine Morland (that lover of the Gothic!) wanted to go but never made the visit, never saw the lie. In warmer, drier days, it would be a great place to walk around, to hide amongst the green, to avoid work meetings and the drip-drip-drip of tedious duties.

Where would you wish to be today? May you visit it, even if only in a few moments' dream. :)

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From:anne_d
Date:February 12th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
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I love the photos. Does it have a hermit in a cave?

Me? Someplace where it's cool and damp and drizzly, with no dry winds and no pollen blowing around. *gingerly blows sore nose*
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From:laurawise
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
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The folly SHOULD have a hermit! :)

Hugs and better health to you, A.
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From:janus_74
Date:February 12th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Sorry about the pollen, sounds like there's not much of a seasonal escape from it.

I would wish to be someplace warm. They've been saying for a week that tomorrow will be nicer, but it hasn't happened yet.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Pollen is all but year-round in the subtropics. One learns to deal. ;)

And I hope you get a taste of warmth soon! Cheers to you, T.
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From:gwynnega
Date:February 12th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
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That Witch's House is amazing! I used to live near Bristol, many years ago.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it cool? I really have thought about retreating there several times today. :)

Hugs and a good evening, Gwynne!
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From:paratti
Date:February 12th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Washes away the nasty pollen with some of our rain.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Hee, we have had a trailing cold front hit and it's storming outside right now. But not as much as the poor UK. [sends umbrella]

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:February 12th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, that looks fabulous! I'll have to visit when I'm next in Bristol.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
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I bet you could get some great photos there!

Happy Thursday, Stevie.
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From:heron_pose
Date:February 13th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
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Ah, this day ended up okay, as this snow storm finally closed the College for the rest of today, and tomorrow. Happy to be in my warm little place w/my warm little doggie.

I hope that your day ended well, with some unexpected charm, and that you catch a major break of some sort tomorrow.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 13th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you're snug with Little Doggie, and glad you have tomorrow off! Enjoy it for me too, as I am a-drowning in work. But at the moment Master Danger is sleeping underfoot, and I am going to crash very early tonight indeed. We persevere. :)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 16th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
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Wow -- I can't believe you have to deal with pollen in January! I hope it hasn't killed you yet. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Pollen just about every month in the year, alas. But we persevere!

Hugs and a delightful day, friend.

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