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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Visit to Chatsworth House

We thought we would have a day away from the packing and the cricket and the horse and go for an outing. Our chosen destination was Chatsworth House, which is still a private house although it is run by a charitable trust.

The day was damp and miserable in York but we thought we should get on with it, there's no point in waiting for the weather to turn. After a pleasant drive, my first in the new Yeti, of around 90 minutes, we arrived to find the weather was still damp and miserable. Then we spotted the admission price, £3 for parking and £18 each to visit the house and gardens, a total of £41. Still, after driving so far, I passed over the plastic and we went in.

We are extremely pleased we did. A lovely spot, a beautiful house, an awe-inspiring collection of old and new art, helpful, often funny and always smiling staff, a wonderful trip.

Stable block, now cafes and shops

Not many takers for the outside tables, but love the colours

Compulsory silliness

Damen Hirst, "St Bartholomew Exquisite Pain" 2006


Lucien Freud

A wonderful portrait of General Somebody or Other

The library - gorgeous - not allowed in

With flash

Without flash

Side view of the house, the rain has stopped

Tree Fountain

A playful partner, B

A thoughtful blogger

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