Carolands. I took these new exterior and interior photos of the Chateau before today’s tours… as you can see the gardens were looking beautiful today, especially the enormous dahlias in the Potager (kitchen garden). The second photogrid is of the rarely seen North Façade from four vantage points. Enjoy the most beautiful historical house in America…



French Queen Marie-Antoinette “en grand habit de cour” by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, 1775. Versailles. These are a few variants of the same painting in tapestry, cameo, engraving and miniature painting and details. A favorite of Harriett Pullman Carolan.



Harriett Pullman Carolan Schermerhorn (1869-1956), heiress to her father George Pullman’s luxury railway car fortune was a woman of impeccable tastes and high standards that went beyond even her successful businessman father’s infamous exacting standards. She was a lover of Arts, Architecture, Gardening, Literature, Theater, Fashion and all things French.

After a lifetime of traveling and collecting the finest examples of these passions, she began the construction of her dream French Chateau here in San Francisco’s Bay Area. In 1914 she purchased 500 acres of land in the newly created exclusive town of Hillsborough, CA. She then commissioned the greatest Landscape Architect of her era, the Frenchmen Achilles Duchène to create an original french garden that would have rivaled those of European Royalty. Duchène selected the highest point in Hillsborough to place the chateau amidst his extensive parterred gardens which radiated from the chateau in three directions as far as the eyes could see.

Harriett then selected the great master Architect Ernest Sanson who also lived nearby her Paris mansion and whose acclaimed works she admired. Sanson’s only project here in the United States is considered to be amongst his greatest works. Like the Versailles Petit Trianon of Harriett’s adored heroine Marie-Antoinette, Sanson made a Chateau that had four uniquely remarkable façades. The 98 room mansion incorporated several exquisite period rooms Harriett bought in Paris along with newly carved boisserie created for the heiress. The construction of the Chateau was completed in two years thanks to the supervision of San Francisco Architect Willis Polk who acted as a project site manager/engineer.

The story of the heiress and her Chateau will be continued later on this blog or if you can’t wait, visit my work on the official website: CAROLANDS.ORG

James Bond Gender Rewrite

Ian Fleming ‘James Bond’ novels are known for being really sexist. For the hell of it I started to wonder what it’d end up looking like if the attitudes towards women and men written into the books were reversed and written out. I got bored in one class and decided to do it. This is the undrafted result. 


Vesper sighed inwardly. Men. They always got in the way of things. 

Yes, they could look rather lovely on first appearance, but they always compromised the integrity missions with their needless drama and contests of masculinity. In her eyes, the best kind of man was the type utilised for muscle and very little else. Why did M have to partner her with one despite her direct requests for only female coworkers? With any lucky she’d have to talk to him as little as possible.

As in on cue, her associate (a bright and thorough woman who operated under the pseudonym of ‘Harriett Silver’) entered the dining area with an easy smile. “Oh- Vesper. There you are. I should have known you of all people wouldn’t be caught late.”

On her left arm was a tall, dark beauty she’d not seen before. He smiled demurely at her; his smile was charming and just a little sultry. Bond, she supposed. His icy blue eyes held depth, his dark hair curled slightly over his forehead. Across one cheek was faint scar, though it didn’t detract from his looks at all. He look a seat opposite her and held out his hand. She shook it firmly; his palms were soft. 

Well; it could have been far worse, she supposed, looking him over. In fact, she might even want to sleep with him once the job was over. 


On this date June 6, 1944:
The great Franco-American Alliance that existed since the French had fought to help create The United States independence, was continued with the bravery & blood of Allied soldiers that fought to liberate France. This cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres (70 ha), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942.


Update on the LIWAwards! (Literary-Inspired Webseries Awards)

We won 8 out of the 10 awards, and were nominated for nine of them.

  • Pearl Kennedy for best supporting actress (oh-isthatso)
  • NMTD for best costume/set design
  • EVERYONE for best ensemble cast
  • The Candle Wasters for the honorary award
  • NMTD for best book adaptation script
  • Jake McGregor for best actor in a leading role (awkward-manatea)
  • Harriett Maire for best actress in a leading role (harriettstella)
  • NMTD for best literary inspired webseries

Wow. This is incredible! Thank you so much! We can’t believe it, and honestly it’s just so cool to know that so many people enjoy watching NMTD. We worked really hard on the show and it’s lovely to be acknowledged for that.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in putting together the LIWAwards. It’s fantastic to be part of such a positive community of fans and creators.

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to the other amazing webseries’ (and creators) out there:

Yulin Kuang (yulinisworking) is a star. We cannot get enough of her work, and recommend her videos pretty much daily to our family and friends.

‘The Autobiography of Jane Eyre’ (kalama-tea) is a classic webseries adaptation. Tea, socks, great adaptational choices - what more could you want?

‘Classic Alice’ (classic-alice) has really interesting story-telling with the way it shows Alice’s life, and its adaptations of texts are never ones you would expect so there’s always an element of surprise.

‘Emma Approved’ (pemberleydigital) is fab. I think we can all agree that there was some real heart in this series. A marvelous retelling of Jane Austen’s novel.

‘From Mansfield, With Love’ (from-mansfield-with-love) - It’s really genius, the acting is lovely, and you feel so at home watching their videos.

‘Green Gables Fables’ (officialggf) is absolutely lovely. It’s a gorgeous retelling of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and it really does the original story justice. We are also rather fond of fairy lights.

In Earnest’ is a bubble of joy. They’ve taken a well-loved play and really done something wonderful with it. Not to mention their great use of transmedia and on point fashion sense.

‘The March Family Letters’ (themarchfamilyletters) has been doing really neat stuff with the March sisters. A female-led cast? We think you mean “watch this now”.

‘Much Ado About A Webseries’ (muchadowebseries), is a really interesting adaptation of MAAN and you should check it out.

‘The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy’ (newpeterwendy) has an aesthetic you really can’t look past. Everyone involved seems brilliant, and we’re keen beans for series two.

In the world of online content we’re all just lil’ fishies, and with these awards we got to see everyone come together. It’s amazing that everybody has spent so much time, often unpaid, to create these works of art. The literary inspired webseries genre is still a new thing, and most of the cast and crew are very young. You know what that means? That means everyone involved in creating a LIW(A) is gonna keep doing awesome things with their lives. We hope you never look back on this time with regret and you all feel amazingly proud of the work you have done. You’re all bloody brilliant.

Thank you again,
The Candle Wasters
Claris, Elsie, Minnie, and Sally

anonymous asked:

Now negative peeps are going on about how it wont be legal because of Harriett.

And since when did Emmerdale care for legalities 

becoming-theseus-ship  asked:

OC ask meme # 20, 21, and 27 for Harry/Harriette (not sure if I'm close enough to call her by her nickname haha -- so I would also like to ask how she feels about her name in general, how comfortable she would be with strangers/acquaintances calling her Harry, and if she has a secret nickname only used by her nearest and dearest?)

!!!! 😀 😀 😀 yesssss I get to talk about my baby!! PREPARE FOR PARAGRAPHS

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