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Parris Is Coming...

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... to London.

She left a few moments ago for the airport, to spend a week in Old Blighty visiting with friends, spoiling the godchildren, and seeing the Pre-Rafaelite exhibition at the Tate, which is supposed to be amazing.

I'm staying here, to hold down the fort and write. And write, and write, and edit, and write some more. Too much damn work to do, and I am way behind on everything.

But I'm bummed. Especially about missing that Tate exhibition, which closes in a week or so. All work and no play...

((I really do need to learn to say no. I swear, I'm trying. No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO)).

Miss the Phipps already. Take good care of her over there, you Barmy Brits.

I shall labor on, writing fake history, feeding the many monkeys on my back.

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grrm
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
Is it 1205? If so, that was indeed the place. That wood-paneled addition in the back was my office. I wrote FEVRE DREAM and THE ARMAGEDDON RAG there, and well as parts of HUNTER'S RUN. Also froze my butt off, since the heat doesn't really reach back there.

The plumbing in that house sucks, by the way. Be careful of that, and have the lines rooted out regularly or they get clogged by tree roots.
scitechie
Jan. 11th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
Yeah that's the place! Moved here in March 2011 and have had some encounters with the plumbing, unfortunately! The back room is indeed cold - it's our bedroom and we finally had to get a space heater cause it was so cold. My main complaint about this house is I wish it was twice the size - I have a massive rock collection as a geologist and my husband does blacksmithing in the garage and there is just not much extra space. Very cool to know you wrote books here back in the day!
grrm
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
It is small.

At one point I looked at converting the garage, which is at least as large as the house itself.

I also had an architect draw up a plan for adding a second story, but never carried through on it. It was simpler to buy a bigger house.

Back yard is nice, though. Lots of apples from the apple trees. Too small for eating, but they made great apple pies.
scitechie
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
I do like the garage. My husband gets half for blacksmithing and I get the other for metal working. I agree that it would be easier for sure to just get a bigger house, although a second story would have been very cool. The apple tree didn't produce any apples our first year here, but then last year it made a bunch of small, soft apples that weren't very healthy. (There is only one apple tree on the side of the house - were there more before?) Listened to them landing on the roof at odd times all Fall, which was funny. I think the tree is ailing with a disease, which is too bad. The backyard is great, I put in some raised beds for tomatoes and peppers and my husband took a corner for his backyard forge - and still have lots of room. I keep imagining putting in a room between the two "wings" of the house and maybe a fireplace, but it isn't my house so it probably won't ever happen. Would make it so much better though. All in all though, it's a good place for my small family. :-)
grrm
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
When I moved in at the end of 1979, there were two apple trees, a cherry, and an apricot. The apricot was dying and soon expired, but we got lots of fruit from the two apple trees and the cherry tree. Too many apples, in a way. By late fall, the whole back yard would be ankle-deep in fallen apples. I couldn't make enough pies to keep up.
scitechie
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
The backyard neighbors' apricot tree hung over the wall and produced MASSIVE amounts of apricots for a few weeks last year - I couldn't keep up with pies and cobbler! Then, they chopped the branch hanging over our wall down so that's the end of that. There is only the one apple tree, the big shade tree behind the garage and an ornamental Japanese plum tree in the front yard. The drought this year seemed to take a toll on everything though. Well, you know where the house is if you ever want to see it again!

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