Sunday, June 17, 2018

Take A Peak

 Hubby and I recently spent five weeks in England

I have family there and one of the things we love to do
is visit the many National Trust Properties

The trust describes itself as "a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone".

In other words if the owners (Lords and Lady's) of the grand manor houses can no longer afford the high taxes and upkeep on the properties (which have probably been in their families for hundreds of years) they can bequeath them to the National Trust and the Trust will take over the cost and upkeep of these national treasures.

Many times the families will still be able to live
in a smaller portion of the house while the remainder
is open to the public to visit. 

So put on that fancy hat



 and join us as we visit
these grand, beautiful castles and homes........


Let's head over to  
West Sussex to the 
palatial estate of Petworth

Petworth has been home to descendents of the same family for 900 years.  The Petworth art collection is the finest and the most important in the care of the National Trust
 Let's enter this spectacular home through the back courtyard which separates the main house from the detached building where the servants lived and worked - there is an underground tunnel that the servants used to travel to and from the main house





 Hope you wore your comfy shoes
there's lots of walking and lot's of stairs!!












The state rooms are laid out much the 
same as they were hundreds of years ago

These grand spaces were never intended for everyday living.  They were designed to showcase the extraordinary collection of paintings and sculptures to the family's guests

However there is a section of this magnificent home that is still  
lived in by Lord and Lady Egremont, 
as they continue the tradition 
of unbroken family occupancy 

  Let's pretend we had tea with Lord and Lady Egremount 

 
How do you like your tea?  One lump of sugar or two????
..........and now we must say goodbye and
travel on down the road to Kent



Climb into your carriage or Rolls Royce
(which ever suits your taste)

We are going to visit 
Hever Castle

(Home to Anne Boylen while she was 
being courted by King Henry the VIII)

 Check out the history of Hever Castle HERE

Won't you join us for a look around this fabulous castle












How are those feet doing????  If you can walk a little further let's take a stroll around the beautiful grounds
 





 And finally, what's a castle without 
it's own private lake!!

Thank you for wandering around the English countryside with us

We hope you enjoyed your peak
into these magnificent homes

Every Little Birdie says
 Watch for my next post
We will be visiting a famous English cottage!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

We woke to a beautiful Easter morning

Our Savior is risen!
He is risen indeed!

The choir did a glorious program
at church this morning

Our Redeemer lives
Hallelujah!

After lunch we took a stroll
through the Victoria Gardens

 



Such a beautiful, peaceful place

The perfect place to reflect on Jesus, His
love for us and His wonderful gift of grace




Every Little Birdie says


 We hope you had a blessed Easter
 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

St. Patrick's Day in New Braunfels

We have some life long friends
in New Braunfels who we
haven't seen in a while

When they called and invited 
us for a weekend visit
A N D
A Saturday night St. Paddy's Day
pub crawl in down town New Braunfels
 we packed our bags and
headed to the Texas Hill Country!! 

Our destination - Villa Sartain





 We love visiting their beautiful home



It all started with a tiny stone cottage
which was the original home

The villa was built above the cottage
   First level, the cottage
Second and Third levels, the Villa



Let's walk down to the cottage


This charming little cottage
was our home away from home
for the weekend

My favorite place to spend quiet time
is on the back screened porch of the cottage 


the view of the terraced levels leading
down to the beautiful Comal River 
are breath taking




After a relaxing day we made our way
 down town for the.....


First stop
Krause's Biergarten

The entertainment for the evening

New Braunfels Firefighters Pipes and Drums




It was the perfect way to celebrate
St. Paddy's Day

  From me and hubby
to you and yours


HAPPY ST. PARTICK'S DAY!
 

Every Little Birdie says
 Thanks to our friend,
Janie for a wonderful weekend