Saturday, 1 October 2011

Day out to Kelmscott

Last week, I joined ladies from around Warwickshire on a trip to Kelmscott Manor. It was a glorious day, and enjoyed myself. From high up in the coach, we had a wonderful view of the rolling Cotswold landscape on the way there. I was really familiar with the area, as it is not far from where we used to live, but I had only been to Kelmscott once and many years ago.
There were two coaches, and I was in the party to enjoy a walk to the Village Hall and Church first. The church is a gem, and thanks to William Morris insisting on minimal intervention, there are wonderful original features to enjoy...More recent were the kneelers, and this is one of Morris's designs.

After a relaxing and delicious lunch, we toured the house and gardens. No photographs are allowed in the house....but there was so much to see, and we were able to get up really close to furniture, hangings, embroideries etc.

The gardens were relaxing, and quinces hung huge and golden from the many trees. The willows which so much inspired Morris were still in the summer garb.

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