I was inspired to write this as a tribute to another blogger I have come across who writes some wonderful posts which are both amusing and educational, her latest was on the subject of a play about Agatha Christie.
The title of the blogger in question is londonlifewithliz which hopefully you will be able to view by following the links I am putting up.
I love Agatha Christie stories and was delighted when I had to go to The Isle of Wight recently to find a hotel which I’m sure alleged to be the hotel which Mrs Christie went to when she disappeared, however having read the above article I now find that the hotel Mrs Christie was found at was The Harrowgate Hydro, now called The Old Swan.
Having written about my disappointment with the Ryde Castle Hotel, I am now doubly disappointed and have no idea where I read the hotel was used by Agatha Christie but I know I saw it somewhere, perhaps it is no longer on the hotel website!
All, however is not lost as by a strange quirk of circumstances I have booked a five day trip with Rail Discoveries for my wife and I in June, to go on steam train excursions which is based in Harrowgate. Having read the above article I thought details of the hotel rung a bell and yes, I am delighted to report we shall be staying at The Old Swan Harrowgate. So by sheer chance I shall be staying at the hotel where Agatha Christie stayed when she disappeared, I may get my wife to book in as Mrs Teresa Neele!
About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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How delightful! Fate stepped in to make sure you were in the right place.
Agatha did indeed stay in at the Old Swan in Harrogate North Yorkshire just twenty minutes from my home. Harrogate is ideally placed as a base to visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. There are no steam trains in Harrogate, the trains here run between Leeds and York, so I imagine your journey to the Howarth steam railway (where the Railway Children was filmed, will be by coach. I’ve done that journey and visited the lovely old streets of Howarth many times.
The North York railway is equally pleasing and that journey usually begins in York. I love York it’s absolutely steeped in history and boasts The Shambles which is the oldest commercial street in England.
I do hope you enjoy your stay up here and post lots of lovely photographs.
We are going to come up in my 1947 Bentley and I have to say I’m really looking forward to the trip.
Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Harrogate with breakfast and dinner
Guided tour of York
Journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway
Visit to the Brontë Parsonage
Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Free time in Goathland, also known as Heartbeat’s ‘Aidensfield’
Excursion to Whitby, one of Yorkshire’s best-loved seaside towns
I’m certain you will enjoy York, and the Keighley (pronounced Keithley) and worth valley railway. I love the village of Haworth too. Gosh, that’s Agatha Christie, The Bronte’s, and Edith Nesbit’s Railway children. Sounds like your steam railway adventure means you’re also going to have quite a literary few days! Then of course there’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Whitby!
Do they still sell jet in Whitby?
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about my Agatha Christie post. It’s feedback like yours which makes all the effort that goes into writing a blog worthwhile. What a coincidence that you are going to be in Harrogate in June! You will love The Old Swan and its historic setting, I am sure: I’m looking forward to your posts on the subject already…
I usually find when I go away doing something I enjoy I tend to be too engrossed in enjoying myself to remember taking photos etc but it probably would be an interesting story. I feel obliged to make the effort now!
I know exactly what you mean – and have rarely blogged whilst on holiday. That said, I think both the train journeys (my favourite way to travel) and Harrogate itself will be very worthy of posts…perhaps you’ll feel differently when you’re there…
It would make a good blog, I will have to try to take some photos when we go.