There are, I suppose, few places even on the East Coast of England more lonely and remote than the village of Little Sundersley and the country that surrounds it. Far from any railway, and some miles distant from any considerable town, it remains an outpost of civilization, in which primitive manners and customs and old-world tradition linger on into an age that has elsewhere forgotten them. In the summer, it is true, a small contingent of visitors, adventurous in spirit, though mostly of sedate and solitary habits, make their appearance to swell its meagre population, and impart to the wide stretches of smooth sand that fringe its shores a fleeting air of life and sober gaiety; but in late September-the season of the year in which I made its acquaintance-its pasture-lands lie desolate, the rugged paths along the cliffs are seldom trodden by human foot, and the sands are a desert waste on which, for days together, no footprint appears save that left by some passing sea-bird. I had been assured by my medical agent, Mr. Turcival, that I should find the practice of which I was now taking charge "an exceedingly soft billet, and suitable for a studious man;" and certainly he had not misled me, for the patients were, in fact, so few that I was quite concerned for my principal, and rather dull for want of work. Hence, when my friend John Thorndyke, the well-known medico-legal expert, proposed to come down and stay with me for a weekend and perhaps a few days beyond, I hailed the proposal with delight, and welcomed him with open arms.
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"One Place in Time" tells a tale of growing up in an American shipyard in the middle of the twentieth century. Author Ginger Marshall Martus is the oldest surviving member of her family's shipyard team; now, she shares an insider's recollection of an era long past. Her father, Raymond E. Marshall, was the founder and owner of this well-known shipyard. From 1928 to 1968, the A&R Marshall, Inc. shipyard was one of the largest and most successful marine supply and service yards on the Atlantic seaboard. Martus recalls both the colorful boats and the even more colorful craftsmen who built and maintained them. Even so, this is "not" the story about yet another pretty boat, boat designer, or builder. Rather, it is the story of the people who serviced and took care of the crafts the designers and builders created for many of the legendary yachting personalities of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. This memoir is filled with nostalgic remembrances of a special place on a splendid time. Working from taped interviews with of interesting and distinguished nautical figures, Martus has crafted this very personal memoir to preserve the golden age of her region. There is a growing interest in recapturing these colorful times, from restorations of old boats to building replicas of maritime preservation as a whole, and Martus shares these stories to capture the imagination of a new generation of ship enthusiasts.
Journalist Samela Harris is a working mum with a healthy sense of the ridiculous. While raising her two sons, she attracted droves of hungry lads to generous spreads cooked on her shoestring budget. Along the way she learnt how to create a dinner party from two-minute noodles, how to trick the boys into eating and enjoying prunes, and how to make a meal from scraps while accidentally locked in the kitchen.
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