Roger, Jane and Oliver joined us for the weekend! 😁
The main event for today was a picnic at Belton House and then a walk around the historic Mansion and Gardens. I think it’s our most oft-visited stately home having been there recently (ish) with with Dennis and Sandra back in May, 2018 and Chris and Gill in July, 2017.
On arrival, the weather was disappointing to say the least (Summer’s not quite over surely???) Oliver was sporting shorts and I was in a short-sleeved shirt. Consequently, both of us were woefully ill-dressed for the conditions – a plummeting temperature followed by rain! ☔ ☔
1.00pm: However, It didn’t stop us enjoying our picnic though, as we sandwiched ourselves between ‘Robert‘ and the car next door to act as a wind-break! Brrrrr! 😁
1.55pm: I think the c*** weather made us eat more quickly, and we soon made a significant dent in Ann’s extensive picnic.
As soon as we’d cleared up our bits, we headed straight for the House. Word to the wise: Since our previous visit, there’s been one major change here! ALL VISITS ARE NOW TIMED, so it’s not just a case of turning-up and hoping to get in straight away. But, as it happened, it was perfect timing on our part, as there were five slots on the very next admission – the 2.15!
2.10pm: We’re in! 😁
Given our previous visits, from a photo point-of-view, I decided to concentrate on the less well-known/seen pieces on show inside, together with less obvious views of the property and surroundings.
3.05pm: Time for a cuppa, especially as the damp weather from earlier had returned, but this time it was torrential!
A quick, but determined sprint to the nearby tea-shop got us more-or-less to the front of the queue (followed by the rest of mankind) and we were soon seated in the Stables enjoying our cuppa and cake!
3.35pm: Next stop was the Gardens where the weather, perfectly on cue turned from rain to warm sunshine! 😁 At last!
4.00pm: Our final stop was St Peter & St Paul Church aka Belton Church.
4.20pm: A great visit! (again!) 😁. Even the weather didn’t really spoil our visit (even though it looked like it would!). We wandered back to the car and headed south.
All of today’s photos at Belton House (with none of my chat) are HERE
6.15pm: It was a good journey home and we were indoors by 5.45. By 6.15, Ann had laid the table for a yummy table-buffet. All that was left to do was to choose a movie for the evening…
11.05pm: That’s it! 😴😴😴😴😴 Nighty-night!
A lie-in for me until the unearthly late hour of 7.15 whilst the others slept-on.
9.10am: A little bit of Queen, courtesy of Spotify to get the day started!
9.45am: Breakfast is served – Porridge with Strawberries followed by a Bacon Butty! 😁
10.30am: Jane, Oliver and I watched the rest of Thor: Raganarok, Roger caught up with the Daily Telegraph, whilst Ann put the finishing touches to lunch – this was a real family-foodie weekend, and just how we like it! 😍
12.15pm: Pre-lunch drinkies!
1.00pm: Lunch is served. Roast Chicken with all the bits!
2.30pm: Lunch over! A bit of clearing up followed by a long natter.
whilst listening to something a little more relaxing!
3.45pm: Well, where did that weekend go? It passed really quickly – a great sign of a great time! 😍😍
Bye all, it’s been great to catch-up!