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Monday, February 24, 2014

Lunch with Author Loretta Chase




This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of lunching with author Loretta Chase (above, right), who also blogs at Two Nerdy History Girls. We met up at a waterside restaurant in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida and spent three enjoyable hours eating, drinking and, of course, dishing about all manner of things, mostly historical. Victoria couldn't joint us as she's off to Washington, D.C. this week, so for her information, and yours, here are the highlights of what Loretta and I discussed:

The weather (and the masses of snow in the northeast), blogging, dolphins (which are awesome, in the truest sense of the word), Twitter, canal boats and how the canal system changed daily life in England forever, how to properly black a stove, gluten free diets, post horses and the ins and outs of coaching inns, coping with elderly parents, the Prince of Wales (past), House of Cards, how Henry Paget, later the Marquess of Angelsey, ran off with the Duke of Wellington's sister-in-law, the Mary Delaney exhibition at Yale Center for British Art (past), Apsley House, Seven Dials, Sherlock (current), Shepard's Market, The Wellington Tour, Regents Canal (in no way related to the conversation on canal boats above), bedbugs and iron bedsteads, Sir John Soane's House, page proofs, ghosts, how pelicans resemble pterodactyls, post horses (again), Agatha Raisin, threshing wheat, A Couple In England, the costume library at Colonial Williamsburg, Highclere Castle, the Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion Exhibit in Rhode Island (past), The Duchess of Devonshire (current Dowager), husbands and golf.

Thanks for allowing me to be an honorary Nerdy History Girl for the day, Loretta!






7 comments:

Helena said...

I'd love to have been at the next table! Not eavesdropping, exactly, of course ...

Kristine said...

Ha - Helena, you'd have been invited to join us, of course!

Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw said...

Victoria here wishing I could have joined you instead of sitting around the airport waiting for a delayed flight...you guys covered a lot of territory. Loretta can't wait for next year when the three of us can get together. Excellent report, Kristine.

LorettaChase said...

Thanks for the great summary!

I had the best time! And I'm looking forward to next year, and all three of us together.

Beth Elliott said...

That was some conversation! I so love her books and am happy to read a bit about her - and see the nice picture of you both. Hope the meal was good - or were you too busy talking to take much notice of the food/

Kristine said...

Sorry Beth - I had the black and blue flatbread (steak, blue cheese, carmelized onions, mushrooms)and Loretta had the ceviche. Both eaten while we watched the dolphins swim and the fishermen throwing scraps to the pelicans and herons!

Louisa Cornell said...

What a lovely day! And what a lot of ground you two covered. I'd love to have been there taking notes! I agree anyone eavesdropping on the conversation would have found it intriguing to say the least!