Evening all, tis late - apologies it has been one of those weeks.
So it's been a bit of a mixed bag this week if I'm honest, but let us see what silver linings and positive moments I can find from the week that was.
First up, our first trip to Chatsworth over the festive season. We got there early and were able to park easily and make the most of the market that was there. Due to the dreadful weather we've had over recent weeks they've had to limit the volume of cars attending, which is such a shame for the stall holders as they rely on good footfall to sell their items.
We had a lovely couple of hours wandering, so many beautiful hand made items to enjoy. In particular the stall selling items by O Little Shine Designs was an absolute delight, I didn't know if I'd get chance to see one of the designs in person and there were several, I really wasn't disappointed (check out their Etsy page if you want to see their wares).
I was also pleased to see the scone man again last year, we bought a Christmas cake scone and a Scollen (a mix between a scone and a stollen). Both were shared when we got home over a cup of tea and were delicious.
Chatsworth was beautiful as always.
I love how the plastic matting to prevent muddy shoes is white and looks like snow, you can see the Belvedere in the background.
The walkway down where people queue for timed entry is full of all things Amelia Earhart, I loved the fluffy clouds and the beautiful hot air balloons!
The garlands downs the Venetian corridor were gorgeous
As was the tree at the bottom of the corridor
As always they have done a fantastic job of decorating the house up
This was the Canadian corridor, the mix of 'snow' and autumn colours was a tad confusing.
Hubby got this view through the bannister showing off the gorgeous flowers in the painted hall.
The Japanese room was also stunning, with fantastic paper displays
Hubby captured this photo of me on our wander around
I really did fall for the gorgeous hot air balloons though - stunning
And the amazing oriental dragon
The dining room had the tulip vases displaying silk versions of the flowers, I've never seen them as they should be used and am not sure if I prefer them empty
The sculpture gallery was cool as always but so very pretty
No doubt we will go again over the Christmas period, but it was lovely to make a start on places we love to visit.
The week has been busy, we decided to start on the Christmas decorations, which always take an age to sort (not helped by the fact I add to them every year).
This year we have managed (wait for it)
Drum roll please
9 Christmas trees
You'd think we were giving Chatsworth a run for it's money.
We have two in the TV room, three in the dining room (a 4 foot and two three foot trees), one in said 19 year's old bedroom and one in his art room (because in his words it was spare) and he thought he might as well use it.
And finally two new real pot grown trees that I've always wanted which I've put one on the front of the house and one on the back, decorated with battery lights and baubles. We are officially mad!
And that my lovely people is our week, I hope you've had a good one, link up if you've done a blog post to show us your silver linings and positive moments so we can come and visit.