Shall I update? I think so, because I have been too quite, and that won't improve. This month is hectic, because we all have a lot of last minute work for the exams. This year is my first time as a full-time teacher, with the oral exams in June. Stress! But then, oh bliss, Germany and possibly Ireland. Yup, Ireland. Wish I could tell you more, but I'm not allowed yet. Hopefully soon!
Monday was Averbury day. I was an avid watcher of the 'Manor Reborn' show on BBC. Heck, I even bought the DVD in Averbury. Being so close to the house was a blessing, and luckily my friends agreed to visit it. Averbury is amazing. It has a huge stone circle, one that is still ver accessible. Ahum, the main road runs right through it
Averbury Manor was a stately house, that the BBC, together with the National Trust (of course) renovated. They turned it into a musuem, but quite a different one. Every room has a different theme (a different era). Everything in the room is either real or an exact replica and can be touched or sat upon. Literally everything. In every room their is a person who can tell you so much more about everything inside. They even encourage you to look around (even open drawers) and touch. Great fun and if you're ever close, please visit!
Averbury is situated in that part of England where you'll find whire horses, carved into the hills. We had such fun trying to spot them, and I was the first one to see one. I have a bunch of pictures from this one, all taken from the car
Yes, my ticket! Esme-Alice got very excited
In front of the house...
Oh yeah, lounging!
And with some new friends. I checked, but no, no Steiff teddies
In the magnificent kitchen. I loved it there. Food to touch and smell, dirty plates and these beautiful plates.
In the study, or, should I say, the boys' room. Complete with snooker table, books, books, books and lots of drinks and smokes. And yes, our guys played a bit of snooker, and I listened to an old gramophone, a copy of the one we have here.
In the most expensive room of the house. See that wallpaper? That is handpainted Chinese wallpaper. The only thing we weren't allowed to touch. It was gorgeous, let me tell you. (close up: http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Esme-Alice/Duitsland111.jpg
In the Tudor dining room, WITH hats.
In a Tudor bed, all alone...
And with company! Yes, we were allowed to lie on the bed, if we would be so kind to take our shoes off. No problem! The gowns were provided as well. Great fun! And comfortable!
In the Queen Ann bedroom, with *ahum* a lot more fluff
A small sideroom, something like a dressing room, with, again, handpainted walls. Insane!
Everyone assembled around the embroidery hoop, sat on Queen Ann's daybed.
And yes, you're thinking the correct thing...
P&S (Purl & Stitch, the name of our group of friends) was here!
Last but not least, the garden. That's Ilse, being a fool and having lots of fun with Esme-Alice. That's the beautiful garden house in the back.
Next stop, the stone circle!