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A day at Chatsworth November 25, 2012

Filed under: Places to go — lauravw @ 2:07 pm

The week before last, I was able to spend a day at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

I went three years ago, at the same time of year – they really go to town on their Christmas decorations, and the place looks awesome. I preferred the decorations in 2009 – this year was a pantomime theme, which is not really to my taste. Having said that, I still loved how it looked, and as usual took lots of pictures while I was there.

This mantelpiece, covered in fruits and greenery (and tiny toy mice!), was my favourite – I loved the natural colours and the lack of tinsel. But a bit of sparkle can be nice too.

The picture on this post was taken on a walk round the grounds. The roof of this little building was covered in moss, which I loved. There were still plenty of leaves on the trees that day, but with the heavy winds and rain we’ve had this week, I expect it all looks very different now.


Autumn is on November 12, 2012

Filed under: Nature and wildlife,Places to go — lauravw @ 4:32 pm

We got up early(ish) yesterday to head to nearby Wollaton Park.

It seems a lot of other people had the same idea, as it was unusually busy for a cold Sunday morning.

The bright sunshine was illuminating all the trees, and if you stopped and watched them, you could see leaves gently falling to the ground.

We saw a few deer – you can see this stag’s breath in the cold morning air. These two were a little more cautious, quietly pottering around under the cover of the trees.