|Offers a beacon of hope & help to stiffen your upper lip! Jolly good!|
So here's the entry to the house:
|The house was built in 1685 by the Brownlow family.|
|Mum says this looks just like the car someone in the family used to have. Sorry, can't remember who.|
|Moulding on the ceilings.|
|I took this photo because this dog looks like Oscar, my cousin's daughter's dog. I always feel a connection to people who loved dogs (and they obviously did to have this painted on the floor).|
|Private chapel in the house.|
|Wood carving from birch trees.|
And then my camera's battery died. *sigh* So that's all for The Belton House. There was a hedge maze there, and beautiful gardens with winding paths, of course. I really loved looking at all the portraits of the family members thru the centuries. I was particularly struck by Countess Adelaide Brownlow, who married into the family. She was the god daughter of Queen Adelaide and she married Queen Adelaide's god son. In a day when marriages were still arranged--Queen Adelaide's certainly was--it's nice to see a love match. One of the tour guides said that Countess Adelaide was very kind to the townspeople, especially during WWI.
The library was AH-MAZING! Imagine books centuries old. Ah, the ancient print. The smell of old leather. Sorry, no photos. I'm really just writing this bit so I remember!
The next day, it was raining (quel suprise) as we headed off to Lincolnshire:
But before we left, we wanted to see Belvoir Castle. Up the road we went:
|How slow are those children? DEAD SLOW.|
And here's the castle!
|"Belvoir" may sound French to Frenchy-types, but it's pronounced "Beaver." Which Daniel thought was very funny.|
The castle is closed for the season, so we just took pix outside. Still, very impressive!
|Because every castle needs a trampoline & swing set.|
|Moss. So mossy.|
|These birds were everywhere.|
|Better pic of the bird.|
And thus ends historic domiciles.