Category Archives: Travel Journal

The Ghost of a Tower

Or, the story behind a cover photo. The photograph for the cover of Who Killed Toby Glovins? was taken at a place called Layer Marney, which is about 1/2 an hour’s drive outside Colchester in the UK. I went there … Continue reading

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In Search of Abbotshill

Abbotshill had never been Frederick Babington’s home, but he was as fond of it as he was the environs of Marsh Hall. This tiny village ten miles from Ipswich had once been the site of a medieval abbey, now in … Continue reading

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After the Scotland Tour

Kew Palace & Gardens The morning after my tour of Scotland and the border counties was over, I didn’t fly home directly. Instead, I took the short flight from Edinburgh to Heathrow. I wanted to spend an afternoon in London–in … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 8

Traquair House When we left Abbotsford, we drove for about half an hour along the River Tweed to reach the final house on our tour of the border counties, Traquair House. Ages ago, perhaps even as far back as high … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 7

Abbotsford Abbotsford was the home of Sir Walter Scott, the famous early 19th-century author. He’s never been one of my favorite writers, but I gained a new appreciation for him as a person once I visited his house. The house … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 6

Cragside After our foggy morning at Hadrian’s Wall and a brief stop for lunch, we spent the rest of that afternoon at Cragside. Cragside was the home of Victorian inventor, Lord Armstrong. It was the first house in the UK … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 5

Hadrian’s Wall This was the day we visited one of the Roman forts along Hadrian’s Wall. It’s called Housesteads now, but was Vercovicium back when the Romans occupied it. It was already a misty morning when we left the hotel, … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 4

We left the Norton House Hotel, although we would be returning at the end of our tour. Another relatively long drive this morning, a couple of hours, as we headed south through those border counties. Going from Scotland to England … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 3

I forgot to mention at the end of the previous day’s journal: when we returned to the hotel, we had a guest speaker before dinner, Anna Groundwater, a professor who is an expert on the history of the border counties … Continue reading

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Scotland Travel Journal, Part 2

Newhailes A chilly morning, and we drove through Edinburgh and out the other side to visit a home called Newhailes near the coast. This house was only recently acquired by the National Trust. Like Strokestown on my Irish trip last … Continue reading

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