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Petworth House

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Now, I don’t know about you but I get very passionate about things and recently I have been wanting to write ALOT but unfortunately am suffering from writer’s block (ironic as I can outpour it here by writing on my blog – haha). So, anyway, I tend to think of things to do for lovely days out to keep myself busy instead and I just want to tell you all about Petworth House as it is stunning and I need to share it!

Petworth House

I went there earlier in the year, right when all the flowers were out and the gardens were basking in the sun, resplendent in their beauty, (ah, the writings coming back you see :-). It really is a treasure to go and see and if, like me, you are a member of the National Trust, it’s free to go in and spend all day in the house and grounds. If not, it’s well worth it – that I can tell you!

The house contains the largest collection of paintings in the National Trust‘s many houses, including an original of Anne Boleyn. So, if paintings are your thing, you can spend literally hours in the house, gazing at the portaits and landsapes including some by Gainsborough, and reading about the paintings.

Anne Boleyn - Petworth House

However, as much as I like paintings and history I can only look at so many before I find myself not bored but lacking interest. So, that’s when Petworth can offer you either the servants quarters to look through, a beautiful little Cafe, a second hand unmanned bookstore in the middle of the corridor, or, even better, rural grounds landscaped by Capability Brown himself.

Petworth House

They even have a ‘ha-ha‘ which is a ditch around the formal grounds separating them from the rural outlook of Petworth House and the idea of this was to make sure the deer and wildlife couldn’t come into the formal gardens but the ditch was hidden so to the unsuspecting eye it gave a look of unbroken landscape running on one from the other – INGENIUS!

Petworth House

So if your bored, go and get cultured and visit Petworth House in West Sussex!

Until next time,

Lizzy x

p.s. They also have a whole entire herd of deer running around free in the grounds!

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Writing in Autumn (Things to Do)

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Hello one and all!

It’s great to have you back and running an eye over this blog again. This time I just thought I would write something about writing; writing in autumn to be precise.

I think writing is a great thing, and just think, if you write blogs then you are already a writer. As the days get colder, we are less and less inclined to stay out and find it far more lovely to grab a blanket from behind the sofa and sit snuggling in the window seat to watch the changing landscape outside. I found the below image from a great Web site called nookenvy – Take one look and I’m sure you’ll feel the envy the title brags about – I definitely did!

Windowseat for Autumn - Writing in Autumn

Windowseat for Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time, before you really have to think and plan Christmas, to write a little more. I’m going to spend this morning writing blogs so that I can use the inspiration I have at the moment as well as the time to prepare for the busy winter ahead. It may even be a time for some people to think about that novel you’ve forgotten over a busy summer and eventually trying to get it published whether it’s a fictional publisher you need, a non-fiction publisher or a children’s book publisher.

Writing in Autumn

Writing in Autumn

Maybe, you need to get you plot-line firmly down, or you need to start sketching out that character which is so elusive you almost can’t fully imagine them.

Or, if you’re a totally bona fide blogger, perhaps it’s a time to sit in that window seat and think about the winter series you’re planning to write. A time to brain-storm innovative craft ideas or exciting discovered recipes or even the latest product out on the market which you blog about. Whatever it is, autumn is a great time in which you are trapped inside and there’s only so much housework or DIY jobs you have to do before you are left at a bit of a loose-end. So, get writing!

Writing in Autumn

Writing in Autumn

I’ve added some helpful sites on the bottom of here to get you guys started:

Writing in Autumn

Writing in Autumn

Creative Writing Courses

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook  (Contains listed publishers, agents and essential advice)

Blogging Tips (Had a quick look at this site and it’s sort of a jumble sale you’ll need to root through!)

And, finally, if you have any questions, whether it be writing related or other, let me know by commenting.

Now, get to it!

Lizzy x