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Knightshays Christmas

I had forgotten these photos hidden left on my memory card.

Knightshays is a wonderful house, filled with intricate dolls houses almost as fascinating as the main house. Each time I have visited it has been pouring with rain so I have not ventured into the gardens. It is my goal this year to visit in the summer and see the grounds as well as the interior of the house.


Enchanted Saltram

Saltram House Plymouth.

each Christmas we try to do as many places as we can, they are an amazing joy. and it keeps the child in me alive, each time I look at the pictures it brings back memories.

Every room was another fairy tale and the gardens were lit with many coloured changing lights.

It was a magical experience with thousands of fairy lights and decorations. The photos don’t really do justice to the experience.

A wonderful night full of magic.

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Lanhydrock Victorian Christmas

It’s that time of year again where all the National Trust properties get out their decorations. I try to go to as many as I can so there will be a few of these, also as I don’t have a lot of time to update this blog the photos will probably continue well past Christmas as I catch up.

Lanhydrock has a group of staff who are dedicated enough to also create all the food for the houses decoration, something which surprised me. So any food shown in these following photos is real.

The recipes are also original recipes from the time, the mincemeat one surprised me, I wonder when the meat was removed.

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The Art of Reflection Andrew Logan at Buckland Abbey

It’s been a hectic few months, so this blog was put on hold, however just in time for Christmas I am starting up again.

Buckland Abbey had a Christmas faire it was packed and very busy, but as a bonus Andrew Logan had a display of some of his artwork throughout the Abbey. The art was very bold and bright, all bling and glitter, and if I had read about it before I went I would have assumed that it wouldn’t fit the surroundings.

However the contrast between the very old building and the ultra-modern art worked amazingly well.

I loved it, the way the light made the large glass pieces glow, or the shadows created by placing in more shadowed areas. The glitter and sheer unconstrained joy of the smaller pieces. It was a surprising and most welcome addition to the faire, and Andrew Logan has a new fan.

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Pendennis Castle Medieval Joust

Every year in August Pendennis Castle has a Medieval Joust.

This year the weather was perfect, warm, overcast with a slight breeze. I couldent have wished for better.

It’s a wonderful day out with falconry, jousting, jesters and gruesome tales from the hangman.

This year I got to see a gyrfalcon in flight, it was amazingly fast and fun to watch. They had to leave the eagle on a tether, as the castle is on a peninsula and they were worried about it getting lost so close to the sea, but the size of it would have me worried with that beak so close to the falconers face.

As usual the Jousting took pride of place with the jousting area getting more developed every year. Sadly none of my pictures worked out as my viewing position wasn’t the best so I have included a good one from last year.

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Dunster Castle

We visited Dunster castle while away for the weekend.

It’s a beautiful castle, you can see it from the road as you travel to Minehead.

The gardens leading up to the castle are beautiful and the rooms inside are furnished.

The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.

Sometimes when I am wondering around places like this I wonder why we feel the need to look for beauty in other countries when we have places like this on our own doorsteps.

While there we saw statues of Blacamores holding lamps, and it made me realise how one person’s normality and expected behaviour can become another’s appalling behaviour.

And also while I didn’t take a picture of it there was a portrait of a lady of the house with her breast on view. That did make me laugh, covered from head to toe and yet able to have a semi naked portrait on display, again times change and so do customs and behavioural values.

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