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Re: Bulburrow Court

Thank you Maria and Poppy for these fantastic photos.
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Re: Bulburrow Court : Bullbarrow Hill

Thanks Everyman.  I am having some works done to my house which are causing me a lot of hassle and disruption so I haven't been online much:smileysad:
 
Early in the book I felt that Ginny had some for of mental disorder but I couldn't pin it down.However, someone has suggested Asperger's, which seems to fit. I posted this Wikipedia link elsewhere:-
 
 
 
I finished the book a little while ago and found it a fascinating tale which holds its mystery until the last page.  I also found it very gothic:smileyhappy:.    

Everyman wrote:
Hi, Choisya. I wondered where you were.

Will be interesting to see whether Adams did indeed take the name from this source or from somewhere else.

What do you think of the book so far?

Have you used your research skills to look up the possible conditions which Ginny might have, based on Adams's presentation of her, and come to any preliminary conclusions as to what her issue is?


Choisya wrote:
The author may have taken the name Bulburrow Court from the famous Bulbarrow Hill in Dorset, which is the highest point in Dorset and an ancient burial mound which featured in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbevilles:-
After walking on Bullbarrow Hill Hardy wrote:
'So I am found on Ingpen Beacon or on Wyll's Neck to the west
Or else on homely Bulbarrow, or little Pilsdon Crest
Where men have never care to haunt, nor women have walked with me,
And ghosts then keep their distance; and I know some liberty.'


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Re: Bulburrow Court

it looks like a place with many stories in it.  your imagination does get going...
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Re: Bulburrow Court

I so hope the pictures are included in the final printing.  Wonderful.
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kathihart wrote:
I so hope the pictures are included in the final printing.  Wonderful.
Kathihart


Great thought! I hope so too.
 
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I love seeing these pictures - they make the story come to life, specifically that fall from the bell tower.  I agree with others previously who recommended using the pictures as a cover, or (if they can't use the actual pictures) an illustration of the house as the author sees it in her mind.  I also loved hearing the story of the elderly lady living alone in that house - that should be included in the book, either as a forward or in author's notes at the end.
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I so agree with you about the description of the house and the tragedy of selling off the furnishings, which to me represented the life force of the house being drained away bit by bit.  Ginny, of course, doesn't see it that way at all, not attaching any significance to the things.  I see the house more as a reflection of the characters than a character itself.  The characters' attitudes to the house and its possessions are significant.
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Could anybody living alone for twenty or more years in a decrepit wreck like Bulburrow Court NOT go bonkers?
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Everyman wrote:
Could anybody living alone for twenty or more years in a decrepit wreck like Bulburrow Court NOT go bonkers?


But at least it had a LIBRARY! Complete with Amontillado!
 
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Just for fun, where would you rather visit--Vi and Willie's rambling old house inTempleton, the house at Riverton, or Bulburrow Court?
 
I think for a day trip I want to ramble around Bulburrow, have a fancy dinner at Riverton (or tea out by the Flight of Icarus Fountain, and snuggle in to sleep at Vi's.
 
Isn't it funny how a house can crate such a mood in a novel.
 
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Maria_H wrote:
Hmmmm...definitely a good one to ask of the author, thanks!


Choisya wrote:
The author may have taken the name Bulburrow Court from the famous Bulbarrow Hill in Dorset, which is the highest point in Dorset and an ancient burial mound which featured in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbevilles:-
After walking on Bullbarrow Hill Hardy wrote:
'So I am found on Ingpen Beacon or on Wyll's Neck to the west
Or else on homely Bulbarrow, or little Pilsdon Crest
Where men have never care to haunt, nor women have walked with me,
And ghosts then keep their distance; and I know some liberty.'



This is totally fascinating information. Thank you.
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Everyman wrote:
Could anybody living alone for twenty or more years in a decrepit wreck like Bulburrow Court NOT go bonkers?

No way! You would have to flown the coop.
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Hi Everyone,

I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and I can see how they inspired the home in the novel which I think is a character in and of itself. It is kind of a silent watcher in one sense just standing by and seeing each generation change and grow. It is sad that the house had fallen into disrepair and that many of the items within it had to be sold. I think it kind of falls into that "it seemed like a good idea at the time" type of thing. Sorry I haven't posted before this but I was out of town without my laptop and then I came home to internet issues. I am doing my best to start catching up.

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I see Ginny selling off the furnishings as getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose.  She doesn't need furnishings in rooms that are empty.  I believe that Ginny view things in terms of function.  She holds onto the teapot because she has tea everyday (it serves a purpose and a function) .  Keeping furniture in empty rooms or wings serves no purpose as a primary function of furniture is to be used, sat on, slept on etc.  Since she is the only occupant of the house, the furniture becomes superfluous to her,  Ginny has no sentimental attachment to the furnishings in her house, so she sells it and not being out in the world she has no idea what their monetary worth is, only that she is simplifying matters.
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I didn't really have an image of the outside of the house but the interiors shots match very closely to my perceived images. jo
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I would love to purchase the house and refurbish it so it could be in good shape with all of it's natural beauty. Imagine how beautiful a house it was in it earlier years. I would absolutely love to have the house, and now as I read the book, I feel even more a part of it because I picture the house in my head.
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If you were to purchase and refurbish it, I hope you would be able to afford the plethora of servants it would take to keep it up and running properly!

Johanna88 wrote:
I would love to purchase the house and refurbish it so it could be in good shape with all of it's natural beauty. Imagine how beautiful a house it was in it earlier years. I would absolutely love to have the house, and now as I read the book, I feel even more a part of it because I picture the house in my head.



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Plus the plethora of money for the initial purchase and refurbishing! Yipes, holy empty bank account, Batman!

Everyman wrote:
If you were to purchase and refurbish it, I hope you would be able to afford the plethora of servants it would take to keep it up and running properly!

Johanna88 wrote:
I would love to purchase the house and refurbish it so it could be in good shape with all of it's natural beauty. Imagine how beautiful a house it was in it earlier years. I would absolutely love to have the house, and now as I read the book, I feel even more a part of it because I picture the house in my head.






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Re: Bulburrow Court

Thank you for the pictures. The descriptions in the book were great and the pictures verify most of what I envisioned.
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Love the pics of what inspired Bulburrow Court.  Looks like a lovely place--would love to have a look round and explore the place.  Thanks for sharing the pics
 
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