Good afternoon (yes I'm late, sorry!)
Time to find the silver linings, grateful moments and fun things that have occurred in the last 7 days because it is time for
First up me and his lordship, we are both two mad crazy individuals and last weekend we were busy busy busy on the garden, I grabbed this atrocious, make up free, shattered after a day in the garden selfie and shared it on Instagram - you can see how tired we are!
Next up is spending time with said 17 year old arting, I did seem to do a lot of running around finding things, cleaning things and putting things away, so I felt compelled to do a little arting just for me.
Next up solar lights - I have a serious addiction to these and they keep me positive and upbeat.
Sunday we decided to head out and put the English Heritage cards through their paces, which meant a venture over to Conisbrough. The rain caught us on the hop if I'm honest, so we made our way over to the main tower as at least we were dry once inside.
First up the well
We sat and watched the animations on each level, spending time with these two humans always makes me smile!
The detail in the chapel is quite well preserved and I enjoyed looking at the detail
It reminded me of Kilpeck Church that we visited down in the Wye Valley.
It's amazing to see that it's survived
We were soon at the top and despite the sporadic rain showers we had a decent view off the top.
You could see the surrounding walls and some of the earth works
I was sneaky and grabbed these two photos
As they enjoyed the view out of the window
They didn't mind enjoying the animations and learning the history of each room
Another view from the top you can see the viaduct in the distance, hubby thinks it is purely for walking over now but believes it was a train bridge originally
It was also quite windy at the top as you can tell from the flag
From a distance you can appreciate the tower, apparently inspiration for Ivanhoe
The visitors centre has changed since we last went, although disappointingly there still isn't a proper tea room. I did like the window seat cushions
And hubby was naughty in the shop beating up the dragons with the puppet knight!
On our way back down the hill you can see the expanse of the whole castle
Monday hubby had taken the day off, so we could share a late anniversary day out. We decided to head to Chatsworth again, so we could enjoy the house when it was quieter and get time to enjoy the garden
The gardeners have done an amazing job of the planting and I love the colour combination
I managed to get photos of the two structures outside the house this time, we are assuming these are things left over from the renovations to the house.
Inside the house and we got to see the incense pot throwing out lots of incense smells (I think we must have been there later in the day last time).
We were also allowed into the courtyard for the first time, the detail on the stonework is stunning
We also got a slightly different view of the painted hall on our way back from the chapel, the ceiling really is breathtaking
I found some new 'pebbles' in one of the bedrooms and admired the leather wallpaper!
The collection of crystals appears more extensive this year and this piece was stunning due to the double refraction
I was also delighted to find this Clarice Cliff teapot on display, I've never seen one in person
Near the end of the house tour is this little fellow, I've no idea of his history but I don't remember seeing him before
I noticed in the sculpture gallery the amount of dogs that were included in the marble sculptures
And this one is sweet
We stopped for a cuppa in Flora's temple when we got outside
And enjoyed further spring planting.
The view down the valley is always lovely and it is one of those that makes me happy to be alive (if that makes sense).
We ventured up to the grotto garden
and found some of the rhododendron flowers still in tact
They seem to have pruned the maze a fair amount but the kids running around inside were having a fantastic time
I spotted this near me when we had stopped for a short spell to enjoy the views
And the doorway through to the stables was planted up beautifully
It was lovely to spend a whole day together and very much needed. I think it is good to stop and take stock.
The rest of the week has been a little quieter and the rain we've had hasn't helped matters although it appears to be doing the flowers in the garden an amazing service as the garden is looking lovely at the moment.
and that my lovely people is that.
I hope you've had a grand week, if you fancy joining in blog, link, comment and we can come and visit