Tuesday, 29 November 2011

SEASONAL STIRRINGS ..........


I am beginning to get those seasonal feelings !!!! ..........



After some glorious Autumnal weather, there was frost on the cars this morning, bringing thoughts of ..........




Christmas wreaths ..........




candlelight ..........




Carols being sung in churches ..........




seasonal food ..........




chestnuts roasting on open fires ..........




..........of Kings and shepherds .......... 




Christmas cake mixture ..........



and royal icing ...........




 Christmas cards to be written and posted..........





Time to limber up the lips for all that kissing under ..........



the mistletoe !!!!








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Jackie

Monday, 14 November 2011

LUNCH AT GRIM'S DYKE ..........

Grim's Dyke has a fascinating history since it's construction in 1872 by Richard Norman Shaw for the eminent Victorian artist, Frederick Goodall.
In 1890, it was bought by W.S. Gilbert, the famous dramatist and librettist partner of Sir Arthur Sullivan, and it remained his home for over 20 years until his death in the lake.






Sir William S Gilbert died on the 29th May 1911 while teaching two young women how to swim in his lake. One of the women, out of her depth, called out for help and Gilbert tried to rescue her. Accounts are conflicting but he died of heart failure, either in the middle of the lake during the attempted rescue or shortly thereafter.





Grimsdyke has acheived awards for it's garden's, was a sanitorium and hospital, the site of secret World War 11 projects, became a film set for Hammer Horror films and, the location for many well known TV shows.




Surrounding the house are the ground's, an enchanting mix of wild woodland and formal gardens. The rhododendron's introduced in the late 1850's, burst into life in the Spring, presided over by the majestic Giant Redwood's and Monkey Puzzle tree. Bluebell's carpet the wood's and flank the gently winding paths. Indeed, lost paths are still being unearthed. In 2001, the head gardener discovered a labyrinth of cobbled pathways linking the lake and the Dyke and a secret monkey house built for Gilbert's pet monkeys.







 Walk past Lady Gilbert's treasured sunken rose garden, where over 12 historical varieties of roses bloom, over the moat where the duck's swim quietly and you will find Gilberts orchard, home to many diferent fruit tree's including a Ribbstin Pippin apple, first eaten in 1707.




 Inside the house amongst the bedroom's, is the restaurant, a magnificent music room with it's breathtaking Minstrel's Gallery and alabaster fireplace, and a beautiful drawing room with original oak-panelling, imposing fireplace and views over the croquet lawn.























 Back outside, walk deeper into the woods and you will come across the famous boating lake. Lady Gilbert had the lake drained after Sir William's death but the lake and original waterfall are now being restored, and should be back to their former glory soon.







Having a son in the music business and a daughter who also loves music a dad who played saxaphone and clarinet and played in a band and a mum who sang with a band, I have very varied music tastes from The Beatles, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Faith No More to jazz, classical music and many other genres but I'm afraid that the music of Gilbert, (the owner of the house) and Sullivan is not my favourite but, a day out and lunch in his house is one very enjoyable experience and one that I will be enjoying again in the not too distant future !!!! 




All photos courtesy of me !!

Jackie


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

BY INVITATION ..........

Our subject for By Invitation this month is :
Name the thing/person/place we've always wanted to experience.
Dream that money is no object.
Tell the world what you've always wanted to do or wish you could do but just haven't done yet.




This takes a bit of pondering ...... I have now reached the dizzy heights of the big 6 ..0, so, I have done many, many enjoyable things in my life and fulfilled many ambitions along the way....I've had more years to do so than most of the other participants in By Invitation !!  I have no desperate urge to ' find myself ' in the foothills of the Himalaya's or Peru's majestic Andes mountains, as beautiful as the may be. 
Perhaps I am not as adventurous now as I was in my youth and  good luck to those who are but, I am pretty much content with my lot.
I am sure that, when writing about 'if money were no object', I could wax lyrical about how we would help our children and favourite charities etc, etc. but, I think that's a given so .....




..... here's just a small list  of things that I might like to do or haven't done .....





I wouldn't mind finding a large, dilapidated old house to do up ..... even though we've done a couple in our time .....





 ..... or, I might give Boy George a ring to see if he would like to sell us his Gothic pile in Hampstead ....... I love that house. 




One thing that we have yet to do is to see the Northern Lights of Norway's far North. This natural light display in the sky is supposed to be a sight to behold. Joanna Lumley calls this stunningly beautiful natural display as ' the true wonder of the world '. 




..... oh, and I would like to be taken there on a sleigh, by huskies !!!!


..... and, if you happen to have, or know anyone who has one of these .....




..... please, please, please, take me up in it. I have always wanted to do a vertical take off in a Harrier Jump Jet !!
A lifetime ambition never achieved !!!!
BUT .....




..... of course, we could burn this list, as most of these things are not going to happen and, even if they did, it probably wouldn't make my life any better or make me any happier or content.






Lots of great things to do are free or, at most, not overly expensive..... but, anyone with a Harrier Jump Jet,  feel free to get in touch ..... I'm waiting !!



To see what other people have always wanted to experience, go over to Splenderosa for the links. 









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Jackie