Good Monday Morning Ladies,
I do hope this morning finds you well, did you all have an enjoyable weekend ? We did a few bits in the garden on Saturday (Paul dug veg plot, I sowed some more seeds, mostly mixed salads, I sowed a purple/red mix, a spicy mix and speedy mix, I think they will all turn out to be the same leaves but we'll see! The marigolds and sweetcorn I sowed last monday are through already and our French Beans are already well over a foot high, I will sow another lot so that we have them ripen over a longer period rather tgan all at once!
So yesterday we decided to have a day out and what a delightful day it was, we went to Tyntesfield house which was 7 miles outside Bristol, you would never have thought a City was that close though, the house itself is set in Acres of the most incredible woodland/countryside, there were magnificent trees as far as the eye could see. The house itself with its own Chapel that was more like a small cathedral, is Victorian Gothic, the family were very religious of Spanish decent. There must have been hundreds of Oak Trees cut down to create the interior of the house as there was the most intricate carved panelling in every room. There was so much detail to take in, Paul went and looked around the upstairs, which sadly for me was the only way in to the chapel, I would loved to have seen the stained glass.
The Manager of the house asked if I would like a 'behind the scenes' tour of the servants hallway with a huge Wall of call bells from every room in the house, it was absolutely fascinating hearing how they worked and how the poor staff were up and down three flights of stairs all day and night, we went past Kitchen and scullery that aren't open to the public so it really felt like a special treat to get to see them.
We went from the house to the Walled Kitchen Garden and Orangery, which had an amazing didplay of Orange, lemon lime &Grapefruit trees. Had a cuppa and picnic in the grounds then went to look around the shops, we were going to buy a plant as that is something we said we would do when we joined the National Trust last year, a little bit to support them and a plant with a memory for us, BUT this house had clearly bought their plants in the company was 'The Hairy Pot company' even a tiny Mint plant was £5 which seemed a rip off, Dyrham park had cultivated their own plants from cuttings etc, we bought a couple of different herbs for same price as one at Tyntesfield, I wouldn't mind but they had the most incredible Kitchen garden and glasshouses that went on for miles. I did get a couple of books to create my Art journal from their 2nd hand book shop though. We finished our day off meeting Matt and his Girlfriend Alex in Bristol for dinner which was lovely.
Today's cards I am so excited to share with you, they are all made by Our Brenda, she has been keeping herself occupied with some Colouring, which is a perfect way ro relax and a great way to sit and practice. I have to say that the colouring is amazing Brenda, that first rose with the blend from the salmon pink to the yellow is beautiful, the blend is perfect. The same with the lighter pink rose too, the Hedgehog is just so adorable, what a delightful stamp set, your colouring has bought him to life.