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A Kinrowan Estate story: Fall (A Letter to Tessa)

A letter from the journal of Alexandra Margaret Quinn, Head Gardener here in the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India, to her friend who … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 10th of September: It’s Definitely Late Summer!

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. –– Henry James The piper at gates of dawn has resumed his or her ritual after taking most of the summer off. … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Cernunnos

I’ve rarely been scared deeply but I was upon encountering The Horned God while on a walk with two of the Estate Russian wolf hounds deep in the woods a few days ago. As you know, this Estate is big. … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Speaker for the Ravens

   Yes, a crow whisperer. Wipe that look of doubt off your face, as the story I’m about to tell concerns one such being and his tale of what a crow whisperer is. Well, the tale is true as far … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 20th of August: Aaron Copland’s ‘A Fanfare for The Common Man’ as performed by the Rolling Stones, Tanya Huff’s Peacekeeper series, a Zelazny collection, UK folk trio The Young’uns and some other matters

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood. — Jane Yolen in her Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood We’ve a long tradition here on the Kinrowan Estate of giving storytellers who make it here … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Charles and Alice Pay a Visit (A Letter to Owyn)

I found this charming letter in a bundle of archival material that we were cataloging for the Library this past week. L.L. Littlesworth, Esq. was the Estate Librarian for most of the late Victorian era. From the letters of L.L. Littlesworth, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 13th of August: Ray Bradbury mysteries, June Tabor’s jazz-folk trio, Béla Bartók, live music by Midnight Oil, Finnish jazz, libraries and Richard Thompson goes acoustic (again)

I decided to return to the library and see what I  could learn there. Besides, I like libraries. It  makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around  me. I always feel better when … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Border Postal Service (A Letter to Mauve)

Written by Robert ‘Robbie’ Macdonald, The Steward here between The Wars, to a friend, about the problems of getting postal service across the Border. The letter was reprinted by Robbie in his Journal, dated 2nd of June 1918. Dear Mauve, You … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 6th of August: “Classical” music — the twentieth century

I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern music and modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being. — … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: A Guest Lecturer

Several Annies, do pay attention now as there will be a quiz afterwards! Well, now. Mackenzie has asked me in as tonight’s guest lecturer. He likes to keep these seminars going through the summer months, you know, when otherwise the … Continue reading

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