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Nottingham and Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft

Yesterday I spent the day in Nottingham in order to attend my lovely friend Sue Moorcroft’s book launch for her latest novel – The Christmas Promise.  (A fantastic read – kept me up till the early hours as I couldn’t stop reading it!)  Waterstones in Nottingham have a wonderful event space and we had a perfect evening, listening to a reading by Sue followed by a Q & A session.  Sue’s heroine is a milliner so she wore a fantastic little cocktail hat made specially for her and some of the rest of us wore hats too.  And to fit in with the theme of the book, the events manager declared the Christmas season officially started at the shop!

Sue signing her new novel

Sue signing her new novel

While waiting for this evening event, I wandered round the city as I’d never been before.  Being a history buff, my first destination was of course the castle where Charles I started the English Civil War by raising his royal standard on 22nd August 1642.  Sadly though, there didn’t seem to be much left of the castle he would have known as most of it was razed to the ground and another house built within the castle walls instead later on.  (That, in turn, was badly damaged by fire during riots in the 1800s).  I was disappointed to find so little mention of Charles and the war, mostly just a plaque put up by the Sealed Knot on the 350th anniversary of that August day and what I assumed was supposed to be a reference to Charles’s children on a pub sign – ‘The Royal Children’.  (Whoever painted that had obviously never seen Van Dyck’s portraits of the king’s offspring!)

photo3The view from the castle grounds was fantastic though – if a bit scary for those of us who don’t like heights – and underneath were caves (which I didn’t have a chance to look at this time).  And there was plenty of shopping to be had in the city centre, including a shop with my name on it – perfect!

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Statue of Robin Hood - not modelled on Kevin Costner!

Statue of Robin Hood – not modelled on Kevin Costner!

The entrance to the castle

The entrance to the castle

A fantastic model of what the castle originally looked like

A fantastic model of what the castle originally looked like

The view over the city from the castle grounds

The view over the city from the castle grounds

Looking down ... (eeek!)

Looking down … (eeek!)

... and looking up (better!)

… and looking up (better!)

 

The plaque commemorating the raising of the royal standard

The plaque commemorating the raising of the royal standard

A quirky house opposite the castle

A quirky house opposite the castle

Part of the castle walls

Part of the castle walls

The oldest inn in England according to the sign (situated just below the castle)

The oldest inn in England according to the sign (situated just below the castle)

The royal children?

The royal children?

And finally - my hat (photo courtesy of John Jackson)

And finally – my hat (photo courtesy of John Jackson)