A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 9 December 2011
Christmas at Baddesley Clinton
I stopped off at Baddesley Clinton this afternoon partly to have a look round the National Trust Shop and partly because I wanted to have a look inside the House which had been decorated for Christmas.
Baddesley Clinton is a medieval moated manor house in Warwickshire which dates from the fifteenth century. It was home to the Ferrers family for 500 years and in Elizabethan times was a haven for persecuted catholics. David and Emily loved it here when they were little - its got 3 priestholes, ghosts and a mysterious, indelible blood stain in the library said to be connected with the murder of a Baddesley priest who was romantically involved with a Nicholas Brome's wife.
Every room in the house seem to be decorated for Christmas even the bedrooms. In the dining room the table had been set for a Victorian Christmas dinner and there were even displays of old Christmas cards. I had the usual problems with low light, high ISO and very very slow shutter speeds as flash photography was not allowed so most of the photos were very blurred. I've selected a few of the slightly better ones below to give you an idea of the interior of the house.
Christmas Tree near the restaurant
There were some nice heron sculptures for sale.
I had been hoping to go a walk round the grounds but I had spent far too long in the house and it was time to leave after a quick look round the shop where I bought a Christmas decoration for home.
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