"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Blogger & A House

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of having lunch with book blogger Thomas of My Porch. He very kindly took time out from his workday to chat with me about reading, blogging, home-owning, dog parenting, and travels. Needless to say, it was not a short meet-up! It was great fun, he's as delightful in person as on his blog, and I do look forward to repeating the experience. Thanks, Thomas!

It's clear from previous posts that I've had a lifelong connection to this city. For the past 10 years I've been privileged to have a pied-a-terre here as well, thanks to my husband. When here, we take up residence in a historic house that is also a museum, library, and headquarters for a hereditary organisation. It's also right across the street from my grandfather's club, where he would take me to Sunday lunch and point out all the important people--political and artistic.

Here's the front of "our" house.

The Tapestry Hall.

One of the dining rooms.

The lady of the house. One day, I hope to write her story...she fascinates me.

One of the many wall tapestries in the dining room.

The bedrooms are on the upper floors. There's a large open sitting area overlooking Massachusetts Avenue, now a tv viewing room with open bar. And a balcony.

This is the view from my bedroom, the garden at the back of the house.

We pick and choose which suite we want. We've stayed in this one before. Here's part of our private sitting room.

And another part. (It's extremely large.)

The walls on our floor are covered with portraits from many eras, including the 17th century.

This cherubic clock is in our foyer.

Each morning I make use of this amazing shower, installed for the gentleman of the house (we chose his bedroom suite.) It has vertical and horizontal shower heads, and a "Needle Spray" setting--water jets out from pinholes in all the pipes.

Descending a staircase to the ground level.

We're upstairs people, but I find the kitchen quite fascinating in its size and has wonderful amenities--like these floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets. No lack of storage space here!

So concludes a little tour of my home-away-from home, US category. If only I could bring the dogs along, it would be perfection. But perhaps they enjoy having a vacation from us! Their accommodations aren't quite as fine as ours, but mighty fine for canines.

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