A funny and enlightening account of life in a National Trust house.
"The next time we went down to the cellar we found that the ceiling over the stairs had collapsed in a welter of dust, cobwebs and ancient lath and plaster. I had wondered why our stairs were more draughty than usual..."
If you thought living in a stately home was all gleaming banisters, visiting aristocracy and priceless antiques, then Dry Rot and Daffodils is a must-read. Throughout her years living at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk Mary Mackie has encountered dry rot, leaking roofs, visting children who leave bubble-gum on the antiques - and a complete lack of privacy.
Full of anecdotes that are always enlightening, often funny and sometimes almost unbelievable, Dry Rot and Daffodils is a wonderfully entertaining account of what it's really like to live in a National Trust house.
Mary Mackie was born in Lincoln during the Second World War. After leaving school she worked as an accounts clerk before she met and married her husband Chris, who was in the R.A.F. They spent some years in Berlin and West Germany and it was there that she began her career as a writer. She has had 60 books published, mostly romantic novels. Her second book about life in a National Trust House, DRY ROT AND DAFFODILS, is also published by Orion. Her husband was the Administrator of Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.