Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – West Green House and Garden: Hangman Hawley, Shenanigans with the Housekeeper, and IRA Bombs – life on a country estate by Jane Risdon.

Welcome to Posts from Your archives where you can share posts from early days of your blogging journey. I am now looking for festive posts for the month of December. Food, stories fiction or otherwise, relationship, family, humour.

I am delighted to share posts from Jane Risdon’s archives and to do the justice you really need to head over and read them in their original format. Some wonderful photographs of iconic artists, wonderful locations and memories that must be so treasured. I will get you started with a short extract and then please head over to Jane’s to enjoy the rest of the post and to comment.

The purpose of this series is to encourage more traffic to the featured bloggers posts and whilst I love to hear from you… please leave your feedback for Jane to enjoy as well as share on your own networks. Thanks Sally.

This week Jane takes us on a tour of West Green House and Garden, tucked away in a small corner of Hampshire.

West Green House and Garden: Hangman Hawley, Shenanigans with the Housekeeper, and IRA Bombs – life on a country estate by Jane Risdon.

I know I am in danger of becoming a visitor attraction blogger, but I am not – honestly!

It’s just that when given the opportunity to visit some of the most gorgeous cathedrals, castles, villages, houses and gardens, we have in England, I feel it my duty to share what I see with all of you. It would be so mean not to.

Recently I was given another little treat out and this time to a gem of a place I never knew existed:

West Green House and Garden.

(c) Jane Risdon 2015

The 18th century house and gardens sit in a quiet corner of Hampshire – the epitome of a small English manor house – surrounded by farmland. The whole estate covers 10 acres I believe.

Country Life described it as “embowered in trees, with quiet old world gardens spreading around it. This charming building seems the perfect embodiment of tranquil contentment and serenity of spirit, yet there hovers over it the unquiet ghost…”.

To get there is a joy in itself.

Driving down leafy narrow country lanes, passing huge well established houses set back from the road, with long winding driveways, nestling within their own landscaped grounds. The area exudes money and establishment. But I loved it.

(c) Jane Risdon 2015

I loved the fields with grazing horses, the dappled sunshine hitting the road through the leafy canopy of ancient trees and hedgerows, and the silence – apart from birds complaining loudly, as they streaked from their hiding places above our heads, as the car wound its way cautiously along lanes still abundant in summer flowering weeds and foliage.

The air was fresh but with underlying scents and fragrances only the countryside can yield.

We drove into a large field next to the grand house, set aside as a car park for visitors.

Green houses could be seen across from us, visible through a row of several varieties of apple tree, groaning with fruit to our left.

West Green apples (c) Jane Risdon 2015

We were later informed it is a bumper year for English apples: the weather and all that.

I should mention that The Mater was with us on this particular trip, designed to be easy for her to manage, with plenty of places to sit and rest her 85-year-old legs if necessary. There was also a lovely little tea room with tables outside, for when she wanted her coffee fix.

West Green apples (c) Jane Risdon 2015

Sadly for her and luckily for us, there weren’t any Edinburgh Wool Shops for her to peruse – but let’s no go there!

Back to the fun part.

During the past 100 years West Green has undergone four periods of transformation apparently.

©Jane Risdon 2015

To find out more about those transformations and some of the shenanigans that went on in this tranquil part of Hampshire.. head over to Jane’s original post:

About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing five years ago having had a successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera. Her work has taken her to North America, Europe, and Singapore: even to Taiwan.

She’s been involved in Television, Radio, and the Movies around the world.

Travelling extensively and living overseas she draws upon her life experiences when writing Crime/Mystery novels, short stories in all genres – including humour, and she has dabbled in flash fiction.

Some of these experiences have found their way into her short stories about the Music Business, and she is presently working on a novel which will bring a lot of her more crazy ‘rock ‘n roll’ experiences into one tome.

Her main focus remains crime however, and she is working on a series of novels called ‘Ms Birdsong Investigates’ centered around a glamorous ex MI5 Officer forced into early retirement, who is trying to keep a low profile in a rural village in Oxfordshire. Her past experiences come to the fore when she finds herself investigating murder. Soon she finds herself back on old territory with Russian Mafia, Ukrainian People Traffickers and an old flame to deal with.

Some of the anthologies that Jane has contributed to

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Her new book is due out later in November co- written with author Christina Jones.

About Only One Woman

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

About Christina Jones

Christina Jones has written all of her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, and fruit picker) Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and women’s magazines, fiction and non-fiction, for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers

Only One Woman is available for pre-order for delivery on November 23rd.:

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Thank you for dropping by and please head over to Jane’s blog to read the remainder of the post. Thanks Sally

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21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – West Green House and Garden: Hangman Hawley, Shenanigans with the Housekeeper, and IRA Bombs – life on a country estate by Jane Risdon.

    • If you ever get chance to go, please do. The gardens are sublime and so relaxing and there is a lovely lake and tearoom where you can sit and relax. It is not too big to get round and can be done in an afternoon or morning. Well worth it. Thanks for reading my post. As well as writing, I blog about my various jollies, such as this so do drop in some time and take the tour.

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      • Oh you will love it then. Lovely relaxed atmosphere there too. Last time I blogged about them the owner there linked my blog to their website and I know of several people who visited as a result of the blog. I blog about all my jollies so there are other gardens here, lakes, villages, churches and lovely old houses too. Feel free to explore my blog. 🙂

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  1. Sally thanks once more for featuring another of my jollies. I do hope your readers enjoy the tour round this delightful garden.I enjoy writing about my jollies when taking a break from writing stories. Such a restful place to visit.

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  2. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    My jolly to West Green House and Gardens has been featured by the delightful Sally Cronin on her blog today. Do drop over and take a peep and also browse her wonderful blog too She is a fabulous supporter of authors and bloggers. She is an author too. Thanks Sally, appreciated.

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