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|
|Damen Hirst, "St Bartholomew Exquisite Pain" 2006|
|A wonderful portrait of General Somebody or Other|
|The library - gorgeous - not allowed in|
|Side view of the house, the rain has stopped|
|A playful partner, B|
|A thoughtful blogger|