September - November 2014
Photos added to the
Elisabeth Starr page. Click
Picture and photo of the
rabbit hutches at The Domaine added, click
Maureen Emerson is now
down to the last few boxes of brand new copies of her
wonderful book, 'Escape to Provence'. If you didn't
get a copy when first launched in 2008 and re-printed in
2009 don't leave it much longer. It is much nicer to have
your own brand new copy! It's also possible to have it
signed by the author. Email for details or visit Maureen at
www.maureenemerson.co.uk or her new web site
Did you by
any chance listen to this 30 mins. programme on Radio 4
Extra recently? If you have not heard it before it is
interesting. Chris Morris, from the BBC, found scraps of a
diary in a Sussex lane and traced the owner to Sunny Bank
Hospital, Cannes. It also mentions Barry Dierks and Helen
Vagliano. The programme was first broadcast back in 2000 and
is available on line through the Radio 4 Extra website for
about the next 7 days only. Click
here to listen now! I have made a copy of the recording
but doubt it will be possible to add it to the site due to
Maureen Emerson's new book
is progressing well and she hopes to have the writing
completed by the end of this year. 'Living and
Loving on the Riviera' is
the story of the American architect Barry Dierks, his
English partner Eric Sawyer, and the stunning houses and
gardens they designed on the French Riviera during the
1920ís and 1930ís Ė for those who could afford them.
Visit the new web site at
www.livingandlovingontheriviera.co.uk to find out
much more about this exciting project.
The family home of Sir
John Fortescue, 'Castle Hill', now opens its gardens daily.
A lovely part of the country, near Barnstaple, and well
worth a visit. For full details and opening times visit
their web site
Castle Hill, Barnstaple
If you plan on visiting
the West Country try the Exmoor Country House Hotel across
the moor near Porlock. Having just spent a short break there
I cannot speak too highly of it. You will be made extremely
welcome by the owners, Steve & Sally, for whom nothing is
too much trouble, in their spacious and spotless hotel.
here to visit their web site.
Exmoor Country House Hotel near Porlock
March - April 2014
The webmaster recently
found himself close to Shepherd Market, Mayfair in London,
the location of Winifred Fortescue's first home during her
acting career. It was a lovely Spring morning so some up to
date photos of the area have been added. Click
here to see them now.
View the new page with
photos of 'Many Waters'; Winifred Fortecue's wartime home
deep in the Sussex countryside as it was then and as it is
now! Click here.
New for 2014 from author
Maureen Emerson -
Now on Kindle at £1.87 Courage is
Maureenís small tribute to the bravery of those young people
who felt it was their duty to go independently to the Great
War. It is the true story of two of these, Dillwyn and
Elisabeth Parrish Starr, a brother and sister from
Philadelphia who left for France in 1914 and 1916
respectively. The United States did not enter the war until
1917, then virtually saving the day, but many Americans of
all ages poured large amounts of money, aid and themselves
into the conflict from as early as 1914. Dillwyn and
Elisabeth went for different reasons, one to fight with the
British Army on the Somme and the other to engage in
dangerous aid work on the Western Front. The outcome for
each was very different.
The story follows the progress, through the
early part of the 20th century, of the respected Starr
family of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The family had
an esteemed position in the town, but nevertheless two of
their three children would leave home and eventually never
see their parents again. The exception was Dillwyn Starr,
the middle child and the love of his parentsí life. Dillwyn
would leave for France almost as soon as war was declared
and, after many adventures. eventually become a young
officer in the British Coldstream Guards.
Elisabeth Starr sailed to France to nurse
with Mrs William K. Vanderbilt at the American Ambulance
Hospital in Paris before throwing herself into dangerous and
exhausting work on the Somme battlefields.
There was a third child, the eldest sibling.
Louis Starr Jr joined the conflict in 1917 and became a
balloon observer sailing over the front lines tracking enemy
movements during almost all the battles in which American
troops became involved. Beset with problems at home, his
bravery was unsung. All were truly brave.
is based on a chapter in Maureenís book Escape to
here to buy now from Amazon UK at only £1.87 or visit