14 May 2012

Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was a sunny Sunday at Charlecote Park. You never know what you are going to find just down the road from your house in this country! See for yourself ... 







The National Trust has taken care of this gorgeous estate ever since it was given to them in 1946 by the Lucy family who had owned it since the 12th century. The Lucys arrived here in England with William the Conquerer (did he have a last name I wonder?). The massive country house was originally built in 1558. Queen Elizabeth I visited soon after. These days much of it, including the interior, is Victorian. The gatehouse, and most of the outbuildings are Elizabethan. There is a small parterre just above where the house sits on the River Avon. The grounds are a huge deer park with very non-skittish deer (though too skittish to touch, because, of course, I tried). We wandered around for quite a while, just happy to soak up some sun and be surrounded by the beauty. At the Orangery, we had tea and something Will said was a scone, but I think maybe it was a teacake.

It was a very good day. And I got the best Mother's Day card EVER from my amazing daughter. She has set the bar very high indeed with this homemade treat full of humor, wisdom and uncharacteristic sweetness. I love that kid. Did everybody have a good Sunday?

3 comments:

annie said...

Gosh look at that place! I've never even heard of it! Just the gatehouse would do me please. *sigh*

PS it's a scone. A teacake is like a big flattened hot cross bun but without the cross and you have to toast them. You would never be served jam with a teacake, just oodles and oodles of lovely butter. Either way, yum! Hungry now.

The Style Curator said...

Ha Annie - It definitely 'had me at Gatehouse' too! Thanks for clearing up the scone/teacake debate. Seems I owe my husband an apology. I guess I just didn't believe it was a scone because it was moist and delicious - not like the hockey puck scones we get in America!

noreen said...

Wow, it's beautiful! That scone / teacake looks yummy! Also the gardens are just lovely. Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Joy to you!