7 May 2012

leicestershire

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Me + husbond have just got back from an adventure in Leicestershire. It was a great honor to see my friends Jess & Eddy get wedded, and she looked amazing! (and him too of course ;)




They had their photos taken afterwards in a lovey red brick castle, and we had a bit of a snoop around in our wellies.


After the wedding we had a bit of a drive to our hotel, which I didn't realise when booking last minute, was actually a Religious retreat on the grounds of a magnificent old monastery.
I feared the worst. Indeed there was no tv in the bedroom, just a crucifix and a bible for our entertainment, gulp.
Anyways it was rather lovely and peaceful, although a bit over priced considering no veggie breakfast. tutt tutt.

Next day we went exploring some neighbouring villages.



this place was called, um... Lyddington, I think.
We happed across an English Heritage place called Bede House, which was incredibles!






Henry the 8th stayed here with Catherine, and it was used by the Bedes people {whoever they are!} until the 1930s. This is a Bedeswoman's room during the 19th century...




cosy eh?

...and a not so cosy Bedesman's room.

every nook and cranny of this place was right up my street. Its all made of timber and white plaster walls with ickle windows everywhere.

The houses in this area are quite like the Cotswolds, only there are no tourists {except us of course!}

we also inspected Rutland Water, but it was a tad cold and breezy for our liking, so we went in search of tea and cake instead.
On the way back to London, we stopped off at Audley End house in Essex.
Its a stunning looking huge house from the outside, but not much tickled our fancy inside.
However, the dairy and laundry rooms were my dream house...
 
 



I guess I would have been 'downstairs' gal, if I were living here back then.
Twas a very nice trip indeed, even though it barely stopped raining, it was great to go up north, as we usually hang about down south waiting for the sun to come out.
I have like twenty posts to catch up on by now, but the last few months have been the busiest of my life I think.
RUST is so busy this year that I may think about hiring someone to help with the admin and sales.
Moving rental flat is always such a hastle too, so many things to organise with agents and contracts and inventories and cleaning etc. I hate it! We have moved now thankfully, but this time next year, we really hope to buy our own place {if any nice property come on the market} so we don't have to see another Estate Agent for a while ; )
Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying this soggy spring! xx