Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saltram Part 2

We started in the stable block.  Horses were so important at this time, so I always like to take a peek inside and here we discovered some other interesting things.

Here we have two examples of early fire pumps, they cannot be called engines since they are manual, the first one, on the right would be carried like a sedan chair. The second one a much larger model is on wheels and would have been pulled by a horse. As you can see, they did not hold very much water. Larger version were used in London.,

Here a view of the stables, and an empty stall. You will have to imagine their equine inhabitants.

 As you can see above and below each stall had the name of the horse who lived there. I liked the bright airy feel of the place.

Well that's all for this time. Until next time, Happy rambles.

Here is the stable block, on the other side of the pond.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Her Highland Protector - Give Away

Isn't this a cool widget?  If you want to know more about the book you can check it out on or on my website.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Her Highland Protector by Ann Lethbridge

Her Highland Protector

by Ann Lethbridge

Giveaway ends June 19, 2013.
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Until next time, Happy Rambles.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

One Night With a Highlander

One Night With The Highlander Out this month, One Night With A Highlander is a short story e-book. The story of a couple who lost each other years before and meet up again.  It also links to the Gilvrys of Dunross stories, though it stands on its own.

Gordon McLaughlin has never forgotten the beautiful Annabelle, or the forbidden kiss they shared. But the innocent girl he once knew has become Edinburgh's wanton black widow. What is the truth behind Lady Annabelle's shocking reputation?

A chance meeting with the handsome Highlander re-ignites long-buried passions, but destitute Annabelle cannot afford the luxury of love. They plan an illicit midnight encounter before they part for good—although one night of sensual pleasure may not be enough…

Exciting News

Lady of Shame has been nominated for a Boosellers' Best Award in the Historical Category. Results won't be known until July, still it is quite a feather in my cap.

If you want to know more about the Castonbury Park Series you can go to my Website

Until Next time Happy Rambles

Monday, May 20, 2013

Saltram, Devonshire Part I

Saltram stands on the outskirts of Plymouth and was created by a family by the name of Parker until 1951 when death duties made it impossible for them, to keep their family home.

The first this we came to when we left the parking lot was this pond. It looks like your typical pond with ducks and moorhens. It stands just outside the stable block. I was delighted to discover that this pond had a whole other purpose. Not one I have really ever thought about.

You can see the purpose in this picture. There is a gate and a cobbled slope down into the water.

Easy access for ducks, did you say?

No. In fact this is where carriages where washed. Naturally, like cars today, they had to be washed. All that lovely English mud.

The would back the carriages into the pond and give them a good wash. They didn't want them to sink into the mud hence the cobbles.

This is the first time I have seen a carriage washing pond, so I thought it deserved a blog post all of its own.

Lots more to see at Salram, so until next time, Happy Rambles.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

In the Highlander's Bed

A Time Travel by Ann Lethbridge

Yes I wrote a Scottish Time Travel. It's a short story and it came out this month.  This is the blurb. And I've been posting special extracts on my Facebook page  if you would like to check them out.

Hotel Glencovie, 2013
Researching her family tree brings Moirag McLellan to the Highlands and a foreboding castle-turned-hotel. She goes to sleep alone surrounded by modern amenities, but awakens in a room lit only by candles—and occupied by a gorgeous kilted man. And he's far too real to be just an erotic dream…
Glencovie Castle, 1715
Though Gavin MacIver doesn't know how the lusty wench in barely-there clothing came to be in his bed, he knows he never wants her to leave. But if her story of time-travel is true, how can he stop the only woman he's ever loved from slipping through his fingers once darkness fades into dawn?

I must say it was interesting to try to put myself in the place of a modern lass going back into a very different time.  I hope you'll check it out. It's available at and all the other on-line sites.

I'm at the Romantic Times Convention this week. Do drop by and say hello.

Until next time, Happy Rambles