Friday, 6 April 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 14th of 2018

Good Morning lovely people - tis Friday so time for 

Well first up, was a bit of baking time, I was home alone and decided to make a couple of batches up, it's an easy recipe that I've used before and they are always light and fluffy! 

Next up has to be new 'toys'.  Me and hubby had chatted about the fact we needed to tidy up the back garden after the winter and talked about trying to clean up the front drive (it needs replacing, but funds aren't available so sprucing it up sounded like a plan) and we decided to invest in a pressure washer.  After reading lots of reviews we finally settled on one and here is said 17 year old utilising it when cleaning up the decks. 

We had a very productive day out in the garden, which was an absolute joy!

Then our first visit of the year to Chatsworth, this time with distant relations who were visiting the area.  We always love to see what they've done since we last went and noticed quite a few changes.

The painted hall is still as stunning as ever!

They've moved the veiled lady to the grotto, so you can actually see the entire statue - she is beautiful! 

They had a mirror opposite that I liked too!

I was amazed to find that she has a bun in her hair under the veil (I believe it is made of marble, it is so delicately sculpted)

There were a few new pieces dotted about including this crazy head

We could see the tiles in the oak panelled room, they look like mosaic but are standard sized tiles

And we were pleased to see they still have the backlit resin bench in the chapel.

Brain coral made me want to watch Labyrinth!

St Bartholomew's Exquisite Pain by Damien Hirst

A punk artist is in residence at Chatsworth and two vinyl capes have been added to the balcony of the painted hall

We found some looms in one of the bedrooms.  Because Chatsworth is celebrating the end of its 10 year restoration program, they are showing lots of artifacts that they've found in their endeavours as well as showing skills needed to keep the house preserved (hence the looms).  Me and said 17 year old had fun playing on one!

My favourite of the artist in residence piece was this piece of dress form

I also liked these on the table in the same room they reminded me of childhood sweets.

There were also some collage pieces using pictures from around the house.  I haven't done any collage for ages and this made me want to have another go.

The Georgiana portrait is back in its normal place.  

There were some cabinets with some of the crystals on display, we loved the Blue John cup.  Blue John is a form of fluorite that is only mined in the local area to Chatsworth (Castleton area).  It has a different colour tone to normal fluorite due to the other mineral deposits in the earth and is now quite rare (and very expensive).

Me and hubby both spotted this painting on our travels, I love how everything is white in the key components.

The library is stunning and always has a cool breeze coming out of it, it isn't a room you can enter but you can peer in, apparently it houses 17,000 books!

Opposite where the veiled lady used to be placed were these cylindrical pots.

And there were two more art in residence paintings in the last gallery, but I was least keen on these.

With it being an Easter weekend hubby had four days off, we'd spent the day in the garden (and on the front drive) on one day and managed to pop to Chatsworth on another, Sunday was a wash out (if I remember correctly), but you can imagine our surprise to get up to this on Monday morning! 

Completely mad! 

Thankfully it turned warmer later in the day and a good proportion of it had gone by the evening.  Said 17 year old's girlfriend managed to make it over which was good. 

The rest of the week has been quiet, I've been tootling and cleaning and tidying.  The plants we potted out before the snow seem to have recovered thankfully and the front drive is much brighter now for a good clean.  

We didn't manage a jaunt up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park due to the atrocious weather, but we are hoping to remedy that soon. 

I got a referral by the Doctor quite quickly on Tuesday and had my x-ray on Thursday, lets see if they can find out what the current issue is. 

I've been doing a fair bit of soul searching recently and have come to some decisions, I need to put other things into place but I'm slowly getting there.  

I hope you all had a splendid week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together come back, link up and comment so we can come and visit. 


  1. Those scones look yummy. (It's nearly lunch time so I am peckish. My mouth is watering!)
    How wonderful that you have been able to go to your beloved Chatsworth again. I thouroughly enjoyed all your photos. I feel I know the place by now. I hadn't seen the veiled lady. I remember I copied a veiled lady statue in art classes. It was a drawing. Very difficult to do the veil and still see her face. I will have to dig it up and post it for you to see. (I don't think it is the same lady, but very similar).
    So much for cleaning the deck only to have it covered in snow on Monday. I hope you enjoy using your pressure washer. We have one and use it for all sorts of jobs.
    As to your question: I think the rejas are a security feature, but every house has them, so it is the culture too. The blinds I have are not electric. They are manual and they are literally to keep the sun and the heat out. We also have flyscreens that work like a roller blind inside the window. They are used mainly in summer. In winter we don't get flies. I hate flies in the house. They drive me mad. So I have fly screens everywhere. I have them on the doors too. The magnetic ones from Lidl are very good. Most people use those vertical strip curtains, but I'm not keen on those. They discouriage flies but don't keep them out all together. Plus it looks untidy.
    I'm glad your health issues are getting seen to.
    Enjoy your weekend,

  2. I love viewing Chatsworth through your eyes! would love to see it in person. You always find something new every time you go!

  3. The baking looks good. I'll be doing mone tomorrow. We have a power washer and it is very good. It brings our walls up a treat and it was the only thing that worked when we had blocked drains!!.
    Isn't it crazy to have snow again. the plants always amaze me at how resilient they are.
    The Chatsworth visit was interesting again. It is not really my thing, but I love the little tours you give us when you go.
    I hope your X-rays don't show anything too sinister and they can sort you out. Kate x

  4. You seem to be suffering from a bit of the "meh!"s. but i'm sure your spark will brighten again soon. Gorgeous images from Chatsworth XXX