MarySmith’sPlace – 5 minutes on the telly

This shot off before I had a chance to write anything – like saying thanks to Marcia for letting me use her blog to shout about my five minutes of fame. Well, one person in the supermarket announced she’d seen me on the telly!

Mary Smith's Place

A couple of months ago when Keith Kirk and I were launching Secret Dumfries we were thrilled to be invited to be filmed on ITV’s popular programme Border Life.

Border life

Of course, the programme could not be seen to advertise our book. There was a mention of a new book out but I don’t think they even gave its name.

Despite initial nerves (mine anyway, don’t know about Keith – he seemed very relaxed), we had a fabulous day. Presenter Lori Carnochan met us with cameraman Paul Robinson at Crichton Hall, formerly the Crichton Royal Lunatic Asylum. Here we explored the basement with its fantastic wine cellars where the wealthy patients kept their wine supplies. And debated the mystery of the ‘secret tunnels’.

Camaraman Paul, had me and Lori walking down the stairs umpteen times, and another umpteen times to walk along the corridor before he was satisfied he had the…

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5 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace – 5 minutes on the telly

  1. Wow, Mary! What a terrific bit of history I’ve just learned about. SO glad you shared this with us today, and though this morning’s time constraints meant I had to skip straight to your segment, I definitely intend to watch the entire episode later. I’ve already learned a whole bunch of stuff. 1) You are charming and erudite, in addition to being a very nice blogging friend. 2) I’ve been pronouncing Dumfries wrong, with the accent on the “Dum!” Should have known better than that, shouldn’t I? 3) The history of any portion of Scotland fascinates me, just as I suspected it would. 4) If they ever decide to put me away for the general safety of the public at large, I’m going to DEMAND my own personal wine cellars. And 5) I want to visit someday even more than ever, now.

    Thank you so much for letting us take a peek at Secret Dumfries (which, btw, Lori does name during your section, though she doesn’t mention the connection to you and Keith). I’m going to buy the book right now on the hope that I’ll see all those cool things for myself one day. (With my own personal tour guide, of course.) Just lovely!

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