“The Eustace Diamonds” – a review

The Eustace DiamondsWho’d ever think that a string of diamonds could cause such havoc or angst?

Trollope has a wonderful perception of humanity, especially of manipulative individuals, and this book is particularly engrossing and the issues covered will resonate with many as the story translates very easily to the modern day.

I particularly liked that the story travels extensively in the UK rather than being London-centric, though I found it hard to believe that two close friends undertake a 10 hour train journey towards the end of the book, yet do not interact with each other at all! The book does take some getting through.

The Eustace Diamonds is a very long book, packed full of characters and a plot which twists and turns, and the dialogue style requires a bit of effort to master.

I was really quite relieved to finally reach its end!

 

The missed collection. (@royalmailofficial latest recommended posting dates for delivery in the UK in 2019 are: Wednesday, December 18 for second class mail. Friday, December 20 for first class mail. Monday, December 23 for special delivery.) #christmas #newforestpony #letterbox

December 14, 2019 at 05:23PM The missed collection. (@royalmailofficial latest recommended posting dates for delivery in the UK in 2019 are: Wednesday, December 18 for second class mail. Friday, December 20 for first class mail. Monday, December 23 for special delivery.) #christmas #newforestpony #letterbox

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December 07, 2019 at 08:48AM Posted @withrepost • @daisybankcottage
Still looking for Christmas pressies?
How about a gift voucher for Daisybank? A gift of time #togetherness .
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#alliwantforchristmas #giftvoucher
#inspiration #ideas #gift #giftideas #christmaspresent #christmas #happyholidays2019 #walking #cycling #nature #newforest #donkey #donkeysofinstagram #boutique #bedandbreakfast #boutiquebedandbreakfast #getaway #minibreak #instatravel #travel #shortstay #brockenhurst #giftoftime

A #pig failed to bring home the bacon when it popped into a New Forest #greengrocers on Tuesday for some early Christmas shopping. The hog became the pork of the town when it trotted into @VillageVegUK in #Brockenhurst while snout and about. The pig was one of up to 600 that are released onto the forest every year during the autumn pannage season to gobble up fallen acorns which are poisonous to the forest’s ponies, donkeys and cattle. Livestock are a common sight in the village’s main street – though it is normally un-herd of for them to pop in to any of the shops for a nose. The curly tale ended with the swine making a pig’s ear of its alternative shopping trip and its visit soon got the chop from shop staff. The Village Veg website says that they prides themselves on being “easily accessible”, with customers able to hand-pick their own fruit and veg. However, I think the pig left the store empty-trottered. 😢 #NewForest #ChristmasShopping #shoplocal #savethehighstreet

December 05, 2019 at 06:10PM A #pig failed to bring home the bacon when it popped into a New Forest #greengrocers on Tuesday for some early Christmas shopping.

The hog became the pork of the town when it trotted into @VillageVegUK in #Brockenhurst while snout and about.

The pig was one of up to 600 that are released onto the forest every year during the autumn pannage season to gobble up fallen acorns which are poisonous to the forest’s ponies, donkeys and cattle.

Livestock are a common sight in the village’s main street – though it is normally un-herd of for them to pop in to any of the shops for a nose.

The curly tale ended with the swine making a pig’s ear of its alternative shopping trip and its visit soon got the chop from shop staff.

The Village Veg website says that they prides themselves on being “easily accessible”, with customers able to hand-pick their own fruit and veg.

However, I think the pig left the store empty-trottered. 😢

#NewForest #ChristmasShopping #shoplocal #savethehighstreet

It may be the last patronal saint’s day in the UK calendar but IMHO its the best! Happy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿St Andrew’s Day🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 to all my FB friends, especially those who, like me, have plaid in their blood and peat in their whisky.

November 30, 2019 at 07:56AM It may be the last patronal saint’s day in the UK calendar but IMHO its the best! Happy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿St Andrew’s Day🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 to all my FB friends, especially those who, like me, have plaid in their blood and peat in their whisky.