Friday, 19 December 2014

Married 55 Years Ago Today - 19.12.2014



Hard to believe but yes it is 55 years today since we made that commitment to one-another.
Fifty-five years of love, fun, trauma, pain and everything in-between.
Not forgetting two wonderful children and two Grandchildren.
By God's Grace we live a happy, fulfilled and busy life, thankful for each day.
  


The words in my card to Alan are very apt.
It seems like only yesterday
I heard you say 'I do'
We held each other's hand
And promised to be true

It seems like only yesterday 
I gladly gave my heart
And vowed whatever life may bring
From you I'd never part

And here we are upon this day (55 years)
So much time has passed
Who could have known back then
The love we'd found would last

And last it has and what is more
It's grown with each new day
You've filled my life with memories sweet
That will not fade away

So thank you for the years of love
We've shared and we share still
I loved you when at first we met
And I always will


and Alan's card to me
It certainly has not all been easy but certainly worth while

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My Garden in November and December



Roses were still lovely in November but nothing like the Summer show of course


A little colour



and then December sets in
with a cheeky Fox


and I don't enjoy having to have the lights on  all day when it is so dull outside


Having had our first severe frost I brought in the last of the roses and cut down all the buds so that I can forget them now until February pruning


and I can never resist a sunset which shows that it is not all gloom. In fact we had a glorious sunrise this morning but we don't have the view at the front like we do for sunsets at the back.
Now it's time to think of getting out the Christmas decorations and tree and finish making the cards.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lanhydrock House, Cornwall Part 2

Do go to the previous post if you did not see part 1 of Lanhydrock House
This is very much a family country house belonging to a wealthy but unpretentious family
More information on this family at end of post taken from website 


This is the bedroom of one of the sons


with the dressing room


and his sitting room




and the nursery area



The nursemaid's ironing room


Children's bedroom


Nanny's bedroom with cot for baby


Nursery bathroom


Schoolroom


Nursery utility room



a servant's bedroom


and another


this photo and the next is part of the uniform room


Like so many other families their lives were shattered in the first world war


The Attic



Eldest sons Tommy's room with his parliamentary Ermine robe
He dies of injuries sustained while rescuing an injured comrade in the battle of Loos in September 1915


His bathroom


The Master bedroom



and sitting room



and now to family rooms



The Prayer room




The Long gallery



Apparently the ceilings were saved during the great fire



Over a period of 400 years the Agar-Rebartes family used their great wealth to worship and praise God and help other people.
The decorations in their country house reflects their Christian faith, and also reveals the charity work the family carried out.
The house has a special prayer room for example, where the family prayed together daily.
Their faith is also reflected in the decoration of the building. The plaster work ceiling that the 1st Earl of Radnor commissioned for the gallery depicts scenes from the Bible. It was used by later generations to teach younger children about their faith.
The theological library is one of the most important of it's kind.
They were a family who practised what they preached. Thomas James built a hospital for the miners, supported the Lifeboat Association and carried out much philanthropical work in the area.

Well this is the end of my Cornwall postings so I do hope you have enjoyed them. 
I am still working on my computer issues after the wipe out but making progress.
Hope all my American bloggers are enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday time. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Cornwall Part 1

About 10 minutes from where we stayed in Cornwall was Lanhydrock House and it seemed a good place to have some lunch and look at the house, when we journeyed down, while we awaited the 4.0 pm arrival at our cottage



It was the family home of Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes, his wife Mary and their ten children.
In 1881 a fire devastated the house and Thomas Charles had Lanhydrock rebuilt for his family





The house has over 50 rooms to see so we will have a bite of lunch first


The estate covers 900 acres and there are some pretty gardens but we do not have the time for that so will concentrate on the house




We will be soaking up the atmosphere as we take in the sights, smells and sounds of this Victorian home as we step back in time, from the downstairs world of the kitchen staff, through to the grand family rooms







plate warmer


long corridors on each floor


Kitchen spit





many different kitchens for different uses


the bread oven



the salting bins on the right


dairy room with the churn on left


lets bake


house keepers sitting room



Viscount Clifdens Estate Office


and now to some family rooms




Stuffed animals and birds are not something I like but they were very common in large Victorian houses
I will leave the rest for another post as there are so many pictures