The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars by Adrian TinniswoodThere is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes.
Real life in the country house during the 1920s and 1930s was not always so sunny. By turns opulent and ordinary, noble and vicious, its shadows were darker. In The Long Weekend, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth about a world half-forgotten, draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star smiles. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to the people who inhabited this world. In a definitive social history which combines anecdote and narrative with scholarship, it brings the stately homes of England to life, giving readers an insight into the guilt and the gingerbread, and showing how the image of the country house was carefully protected by its occupants above and below stairs, and how the reality was so much more interesting than the dream.
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With that in mind, let's discuss some behaviors to avoid. Here are 11 things unsuccessful people do over three-day weekends:. That being said, spending a long weekend getting away from everyone isn't necessarily a bad thing. But unsuccessful individuals don't avoid people because they're mindfully trying to unwind — they do it because something's holding them back from connecting. We all need to rest and recharge our batteries from time to time. Unsuccessful people are unable to do this, even over three-day weekends.
J ohn Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps , did not see active service in the first world war, spending it instead as a correspondent, an intelligence officer and, finally, as director of information under Lord Beaverbrook. Wandering its lanes helped him to reclaim the past, and thus to have hope in the future. Now, though, it was alive for him again. In , he and his wife sold their London house, swapping it for an 18th-century manor in Elsfield, Oxfordshire. The peers of the realm — there were of them at the armistice — buried their sons, and carried on as before, cleaving to the past as if to a beloved body.
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The Labor Day holiday came about in the late s as a backlash to the abusive work practices demanded by the owners of factories and businesses. Workers were forced to work plus hours a week without vacation time or days off. Labor Day grew to embrace and honor hard-working Americans and remember all of the contributions made by our predecessors to pave the way for our significantly improved lives. Like many other serious holidays, such as Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day, Labor Day has become a long-weekend excuse to shop for sales, barbecue, sit on the beach and just lounge around the house. Somehow, a trend has developed whereby holidays that fall on a Monday or Friday turn into a mini vacation, as people tack on a few extra days. Long weekends are perfect to focus on the things that you are unable to accomplish in the usual harried work week. Many people have become complacent and feel that they deserve higher pay, promotions and rapid advancement just because they showed up.
With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and fall right around the corner, it really feels like summer — and vacation season — is coming to a close. Who says you need to cash in all your vacation days at once? In fact, according to experts, it seems that taking short vacations throughout the year may be more beneficial to your mental well-being than taking one long vacation. Alpert makes the case that taking one long trip is similar to binge sleeping. The same idea can be applied to vacations: Taking one long trip may feel great when you do it, but the happiness boost is short-lived , so taking multiple shorter trips throughout the year allows for a handful of opportunities to get into that vacation mindset.