Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Visit to Waddesson

We had arranged several weeks ago to meet me with our dearly beloveds, and had decided a joint visit to Waddesdon.  We had picked this National Trust Property as it was about equidistant from our homes, and none of us had visited before.

D and I arrived in time to join the first group of house visitors.  After parking the car, we decided to jump on the bus ferrying visitors to the house, as it was pouring with rain.  There is so much to see and enjoy in the house, and we were made to feel very welcome, and given various leaflets.  Its definitely somewhere I would want to go again.

Here are some of the details which I enjoyed on this first visit, and which I took pictures of...

Gainsborough The Pink Boy

Large indoor garden with ferns etc

Don't worry about the broken china we'll stick it together..

Detail from a door frame

Trimmed Ivy detail

We were a little on tenterhooks, as we had to put the phone to silent, plus there were pockets where we got no reception.  We had agreed to be in touch once we arrived!  This may seem quite straightforward for some, but I rarely have my mobile on.  Anyway we completed the house, and then we got the phone call.  It was lunch time by then, and being under the weather, and in view of the poor weather too, we had decided to have lunch at the Property, and luckily had booked a table.  The lunch was delicious.

As we went outside the rain stopped, and Izzi wanted to have a go on the equipment in the adventure park.  At the stables

We  viewed  the superb mosaic from Lod, together with an exhibition of some of the artifacts in the Rothchild collections.

Just some of the collection

 then beyond the formal parterre

there were rolly polys.

So much care and attention to the parterre and displays

 Small plants make up pictures

 Just how do they trim this?

 The Tropical Mound

 Leading to the Aviary

The special light feature at the  aviary had Izzi enthralled

The Aviary was well stocked with interesting plants and birds too.

We arrived in the rain and left in the sunshine

Then to finish there was home make cake, cupcakes made by Izzi and Mum, and drinks in the carpark, before we said our au revoires.

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