When we arrived it was quite busy and were were directed to an overflow car park. Whilst OH walked the dog in the extensive grounds of the Hall, Little Bird and I decided to explore the Bygone Museum and the House itself.
We started our exploration in the museum. There were lots of interesting exhibits including this Victorian kitchen.
I liked this hot cross bun stamp. I'd never seen one before and it fascinated me.
Little Bird had fun typing with this old fashioned typewriter. I had a go too. It reminded me of learning to type a good few years ago now. (It wasn't my strongest skill as a teenager. Put it this way, I used a lot of Tippex in those days!)
Outside in the courtyard there were lots of old vehicles. I particularly liked this old Bentley,
this motorbike with sidecar,
and more especially this beautiful Airstream caravan, which is apparently still used today by the family in residence.
Having explored the museum we took a look inside the house. There was a very beautiful ornate plaster ceiling in the entrance hall which caught my eye,
some very beautiful four poster beds in some of the bedrooms,
and I also admired this beautiful chandelier.
Working in the old kitchen must have involved a lot of polishing of this copperware. I'm not sure I would have liked a job here.
After meeting back up with OH, we later explored the enormous walled garden. I have never seen one so large before.
I liked these onion drying frames. I'd like to make one myself at home. Not that I really grow enough onions to merit it.
Some of the walled garden is still being restored. I quite liked some of the signs of decay that had set in, particularly with regard to some of the glass houses. They were very atmospheric.
Some were currently in use.
We had a lovely afternoon. What started out as a cloudy/rainy day ended in bright sunshine, much to our delight. Perfect weather for enjoying the grounds. A stop off at the pub for a shandy and a bag of crisps on the way home made for a perfect afternoon out.