Firstly I have to add this cottage...it looked so sweet across the fields.
At this time of year, this particular National Trust property
is open during the week, but by guided tour.
That's okay, it is nice to actually have someone explain the
various rooms of the house as we walked around
...and even National Trust properties have to do work at some time. The end of the season like it is now is an ideal opportunity with not so many visitors about
I don't know if you can work out the time on this sundial.
The shadow shows it as half past one,
when I checked my watch it was correct
- they must have moved the numbers around to
allow for the clocks going back recently!
visited Packwood House and actually sat on this chair.
(Hopefully the pinecone wasn't there at the time)!!!
The guide told us that Queen Mary took a liking to china and as was her privilege/status (call it want you like) she 'took a fancy to this china cup she was using and so it was given to her as a gift'
(and this is the Actual cup she used)
so how is it here....
The owners of the house at the time pulled a fast one on her,
and 'swapped' the cups, giving her another one from the set,
so they got to keep the one she had actually used.
This next photo is of a gallery area, difficult to tell from the angle though
When you lived in an age of no central heating, you made the most of large fireplaces
and many of the windows were ornate
right down to the catches, very unusual
this is the long hall
with a long table to fit it
Yes, Packwood House is well worth a visit.