Well my friends,
you know how it is...
...you're going along just fine,
go to work,
go to bed.
go to work,
go to bed!
Then before you know it...
a week has passed,
then a week,
then low and behold...
a whole year!!!
On Sunday I will
become a whole year older
What I don't mind is having
lovely friends who make a
special effort to
make birthdays EXTRA special and
go out of their way...
...like 2 and a half hours drive
out of their way,
to meet you at
For a lovely day out together.
My very dear friend Emma from
suggested we went out for the day.
So we arranged to meet at Chatsworth.
The sun was shining and there were very few clouds in the sky.
Boys dropped at school,
puppy at Grandma and Grandad's for the day,
and I set off for a little adventure with my
We arrived a little too early to view the
house and the grounds,
but the shops were open for us to view goodies!
How I didn't end up pennyless I don't know!
(i'm already pennyless, what am I on about?!)
Anyhow, enough of the lovely goods
and in to the house.
Apparently we arrived on a special day,
that room hasn't had the curtains open for over 10 years!
I don't fancy doing the washing up,
but loved the coloured glass and
silver candleabras together.
Now with me being an avid chicken keeper and this year,
a breeder for the for the first time.
(well actually, they do much of it themselves!)
I had heard that the Duchess Devonshire
likes her chooks too!
Infact, she breeds Cochins...the same breed that
we hatched in the spring of this year.
So I was pleased to see that she displayed some of the
prizes for her hardwork and, in the unusual style of the house,
things were displayed in, well, not the usual fashion for such places.
You would find the most odd and unusual things
dotted about in amongst the antiques of this house.
Quite eclectic and eccentric.
Off into the beautiful gardens on this gorgeous
and we spy a couple of those famous
Gardeners, all those many years ago
really had vision and a good eye for what will be
great when everything matures.
I'm so glad they did.
Not sure about all the modern sculptures dotted
about the place though...
I have a very unusual phobia
of statues and large paintings...
Emma must have given off the right vibes yesterday
as it didn't bother me.
Good job eh?
This chap was huge, his eyes
looked like they were about to open any minute.
We agreed that the grounds would be great for the kids!
Lots of little secret places to discover,
with unusual ways of getting to them.
...and, if you're very quiet,
and look about carefully,
you may find a fairy ring.
I think our giggling and non stop chattering
scared them all away.
I wish you all were able to come,
seeing as you are all so very special...
ALL 100 of you!!!
Yes I have made it to the 100 club.
I feel a giveaway coming on...!
Thank you to
my sweet little friend,