Random ramblings about my life, interests and anything else which takes my fancy.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
In Which I Holiday at Home
I am currently enjoying my holiday, without leaving home. It's rather restful, especially the total lack of any having to pack or be on time for anything!
I spent Monday pottering around at home, doing the stuff such as laundry and cleaning which I normally do at weekends, (having spent this weekend in London and then lazing around)
Today, I decided to go to Westwood Manor, which is a national Trust property about 4 miles down the road. It was built in the 15th Century with bits added and taken away since then.
It is occupied by tenants so only 5 rooms are open - lovely panelled rooms, with plasterwork ceilings -- upstairs in the music room is a 16th century Virginal and a 17th century Harpsichord (plus the harp)
There were also some panels decorated with the kings & Queens of Engand, in very dark oils on the panels, but sadly I accidentally delted those pictures, so you have to imagine the slightly lop-sided images of Henry VIII and a few others, for yourselves!
Outside there are some enormous yew hedges - about 7' wide, and in one part cut into a topiary house.
Definitely an interesting afternoon!
On my way home I stopped to pick blackberries, with a view to making some bramble jelly. It is currently in the 'dripping slowly through a bag' stage - tomorrow comes the 'boiling it with sugar to within an inch of its life' stage.
And then I finished the da with a nice, slow meal an a glass of wine. I might get used to this hoidaying at home idea!