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


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