Monthly Archives: December 2018

What’s New for the 30th of December: Horslips’ ‘Drive The Cold Winter Away’ and Other Matters for the New Year

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke From Winter Solstice to the end of January, only guests that have been invited by staff, usually no more than a half dozen … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Blizzard

A letter from Lady Alexandra Margaret Quinn, Head Gardener here in the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, to her botanist friend who is on an extended botanical collecting trip in the Ottoman Empire and elsewhere. She copied her letters … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 23rd of December: Ursula LeGuin’s The Books of Earthsea, Unicorns, The Feast of Seven Fishes, a Fairy-Tale Opera, Jennifer Stevenson’s ‘Solstice’ and other Winter matters

The storyteller in me asks: what if? And when I try to answer that, a story begins.  Jane Yolen, author of The Wild Hunt Let me set my blue chai and breakfast curry with roti and poached egg aside for … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Something Awful

There’s a void in the records of this Estate around thirteen hundred. No, not in the made-up history that the Steward in the eighteen hundreds created out of whole cloth, a comforting lie that neatly created a history for us … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of December: A Charles de Lint edition

Have a drink and listen to the music. — Charles de Lint’s Forests Of The Heart I always think of de Lint as being one of those writers fit for reading a cold winter’s night. So when I was looking … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Restless (A Letter to Ekentrina)

Dear Ekentrina, I find myself restless this morning, even though I got barely three hours’ sleep, as the Pub stayed busy ’till past two. Blame it on three days of truly nasty weather that’s left the not quite Winter season … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 9th of December: Lots of Tull, Haydn’s “The Seasons”, Questions About Angels, a country house mystery, and other matters for you to consider

So how can you laugh when your own mother’s hungry, And how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong? And if I just messed up your thoughtless pleasures, Remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Estate Canines

Welcome to the Kinrowan Hall. Mind your step now. We’ll just go down this corridor to my office. Yes, I know it’s a little dusty. I don’t come here as often as I would like. Why? Well, it’s the cats. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 2nd of December: Live music from Iron Horse, Peter Pan, Swamp Thing, The Beatles, and other comforting things as well

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ― Edith Sitwell No, it is not Winter yet but … Continue reading

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