There’s something to be said about earning your afternoon tea. When you walk for miles all over London in cold weather, you can work a big appetite. Even in rainy weather, London is more magical than ever when you explore the sites of the All Souls Trilogy with a kindred spirit. And afternoon tea at The Wolseley tastes better when you’re in the company of a foodie that can tell you all about the tea sandwiches. The whole experience is truly a double treat!
Our friend and All Souls kindred spirit Christine has recently taken a field trip to Château des Anges Déchus, Gerbert of Aurillac’s home in the Cantal and Château du Sailhant in real life. Christine, who lives in the Auvergne (lucky), has taken some spectacular photos of this property, which you can admire on her Instagram account. The property is carefully and lovingly maintained by its current owner, architect and conservationist, Joseph Pell Lombardi. We asked Christine to give us her impressions of the castle and she was happy to oblige. Thank you Christine!
He [Matthew] went off into the woods on the other side of the moat and came back with a tall fir tree for the great hall, which he draped with tiny white lights that shone like fireflies.
We have neither a tall live fir tree, nor a great hall, but we crafted a few decorations you can add to your Christmas tree. At least until some merchandise is available, the only way to have All Souls-inspired Christmas ornaments is to make them ourselves. And as an extra touch, you can Yule ornaments with moon and stars.
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by!
“Whenever something like that happens, you can bet there’s a timewalker nearby,” explained Sarah.
There’s definitely a timewalker in our neighborhood since it’s time for the All Souls Holiday Shopping Guide − Third Edition.
Unless you want to go “Phoebe style,” with gifts that are handmade or hand-me-down, we’ve compiled The Tenth Knot’s picks under $28. In our top picks, you’ll find a few options from talented “All Souls artists.”
I kept this for you.
It was our first indication that you were going to be a great witch. Maybe you’ll need it one day.
Lots of love, Mom
We love Rebecca’s letter to Diana!!
To celebrate, we have a mega-giveaway jointly with All Souls Con, Daemons Domain, and Daemons Discuss.
[by Laura V.]
If the Auvergne wasn’t in your bucket list, you will want to add it after seeing all the magnificent photos that Christine has taken during a recent visit to Château Dauphin (Pontgibaud), Deborah’s inspiration for Sept-Tours in the Auvergne. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, she’s posted several pictures on her Instagram feed, @Chrystylen.
We were completely mesmerized by her photos, so we decided to contact her. She was very generous to chat with us and allowed us to share her pictures in this post. We learned that Christine lives in the Auvergne (lucky gal!), so the All Souls Trilogy is very special to her. Anyone wants to join a tour?
[by Laura V.]
Any #TeamMiriam out there?
We admit it. We’re super fans of the sharp-tongued, Scrabble-loving, perceptive Miriam Sheppard and couldn’t be more excited about a session on genetics with Prof. Shelli Carter at All Souls Con.
We had a chance to chat briefly with Shelli and wanted to share what she told us. It’s not a lengthy conversation—it’s rather an introduction, since we didn’t want to risk big convention spoilers.
P.S. Hoping that Miriam will be featured in Deborah’s upcoming book.