A diary and collection of accompanying watercolors throw rare light on a hitherto unpublished great garden at an important time in its history Geraldine, Countess of Mayo made an exquisite and extremely important garden in Ireland between ...
Author: Kildare Bourke-Borrowes
Publisher: Double Barrelled Books
A diary and collection of accompanying watercolors throw rare light on a hitherto unpublished great garden at an important time in its history Geraldine, Countess of Mayo made an exquisite and extremely important garden in Ireland between l890 and l925, when she had to leave the family estate. The garden was subsequently completely destroyed. Her gardening diaries span more than 30 years. They are brought together here with watercolors of the gardens and the plants she brought from all over the world, evoking a paradise now gone forever. The diaries are a lively insight into the world of gardening at the turn of the 20th century—the problems she faced, the triumphs, and the disasters. The watercolors, done at the time by her father, are immensely accomplished, and because they have never been kept in the light are as fresh and bright as the day they were executed. Lady Mayo is an engaging reporter who was genuinely passionate about her creation and this comes through in everything she writes, while the watercolors, many painted on the pages of her diary, are truly exceptional.
Miss Moretti had played with Mrs . Langtry for a number of seasons , and was the
original Roxy in Frank Mayo ' s Pudd ' nhead Wilson Company . The cast
included some very able actors ; there were Verner Clarges , for many years the ...
Author: Caroline Lawrence Dier
John and Mary Elitch arrived in Colorado in 1880, and their first business venture was a restaurant. In 1888, John bought the sixteen-acre Chilcott Farm in the Highlands northwest of Denver. On May 1, 1890, thanks to 'donations' by family friend P.T. Barnum, the couple opened Elitch's Zoological Gardens, which featured a band in the gazebo, café, children's play area, and vaudeville performances, in addition to the zoo. John commenced planning a theater, then unexpectedly died in 1891 before the park's second season, leaving thirty-four-year-old Mary on her own. She resolved to keep the Gardens going, successfully built the playhouse, and journeyed to both New York and San Francisco for the winter season, "auditioning" plays and recruiting players to appear during the summer in Colorado. Elitch's Theatre in the Gardens presented its first full season in 1893 and become the longest-running summer stock theater in the U.S., featuring artists like Sarah Bernhardt and Douglas Fairbanks as special guest performers. Mary Elitch was the first female zookeeper, the first woman to run a botanic garden, and one of the first woman to own a theatre in the United States. This is the biography of a woman who overcame the challenges of widowhood, learned to be a businesswoman, and as the animating spirit of Elitch's Gardens, became one of Denver's cultural institutions -- Mary Elitch Long.
In the meantime, Razia Apa, my aunt who also lived in Lahore at Mayo Gardens
arrived and said, 'The girl will die if we don't take her to a hospital right away.'
Cheemi had gone to play golf as he hated to see pain besides which he knew
Author: Salma Ahmed
Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited
Beginning with a privileged childhood in an elite family of pre-partition India, to a troubled youth in Pakistan, this is the inspiring story of Salma Ahmed - a woman who surmounted formidable odds to achieve extraordinary success in business and politics. In this strikingly honest and candid account, Salma talks of her three marriages - to a naval officer, a scion of a leading feudal family, and a cricketing star; her conflicts as a mother as she makes the agonising decision to give up two of her six children; and her efforts to build a career as an entrepreneur and political figure in an emerging Pakistan. As she recounts the events of a life filled with dramatic highs and equally painful lows, she does not spare herself any more than she does other players in her story. This is a book that unabashedly reveals many of the hidden taboos of contemporary Pakistani society, bringing into question customs that are an integral, if unpleasant, part of subcontinental culture. Salma Ahmed's gripping narration of her political career is fast-paced and often amusing. The book relates events of the 1985 Assembly, which no other author has yet commented on. Her interaction with the late President Zia-ul-Haq and Prime Minister Mohammad Khan Junejo, MQM leader Altaf Hussain, the charismatic Pir Sahib Pagaro, and several others, gave her a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the intrigue, power plays and unfolding drama of Pakistani politics. Her frequent visits to India brought her into contact with Indira Gandhi, her son Rajiv, and many other leading figures of the sub-continent. This is the absorbing tale of a woman who was a pampered child, an unhappy wife, a repentant mother - but one who emerged triumphant as a woman of substance, in business and politics.
Her home helps regularly threw down their dishcloths declaring they ' d had
enough , but for Lady Mayo , it was almost a ... away from the main thoroughfare ,
one might well think , palm trees aside , that one was at a New Town garden
Author: Louise Carpenter
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited
In 1916, a girl named Lily was born into a working class family in Duns, in the Borders region of Scotland. She became determined to escape, both from the small-town gossip and from her terrifying mother, who thought Lily was born only to serve. Lily could not have predicted that her flight would eventually lead her to the heart of the Scottish establishment. Her eccentric and at times self-destructive nature shaped every decision she made, and her life became increasingly rackety. In 1975, living in Edinburgh as a self-styled dealer in porcelain dolls, with two failed marriages and four sons (one adopted) to her name, not to mention posts as a housekeeper and a boarding house owner, she met Randolph Stewart, the future 13th Earl of Galloway. On the surface, Randolph's aristocratic childhood could not have seemed more different. His was a world of great privilege, emotional restraint and overwhelming expectation. As an adolescent he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and, as a young man, lobotomised. Much of the rest of his life had been spent hidden away, either in a mental institution or with a religious order of monks. But a curious bond formed between Lily and Randolph, and an even more curious marriage followed, beginning a deep family feud that was played out in newspaper headlines.