My BFF (Best Fibre Friend), Marion, is very artistic. Her way to remember our trip has been to sketch and paint scenes. She carried a little sketch book and watercolour paint case and a jar of water with her. When we weren't bumping around on the bus she'd be sketching some of the lovely vistas. After breakfast this morning we had some time to kill. Here's Marion painting one of her sketches.
Fortunately they were able to hang on to this Rembrandt painting.
On the ceiling of one of the grand halls was an extensive painting. I noticed one part of it had an angel? using a niddy noddy to wind the yarn from her spindle. The angel on the right is holding a distaff with flax or linen fibre on it. It looks like the figure dressed in grey is trying to cut the yarn.
This is the statue hall at Chatsworth. With many sculptures by Venetian sculptor, Antonio Canova.
We only had a quick tour and time to grab something for lunch. I had another Cornish pasty (pork and onion) and we piled back on the bus to continue our journey southward.
A couple of hours later we stopped Toft Farm in Dunchurch, a village where we saw several buildings with thatched roofs (now covered in chicken wire to keep the mice and birds from nesting) and one under construction/repair. At Toft Farm we watched a 10 min slide presentation on alpaca farming and had a short walking tour of the active farm. They have about 100 alpacas of all different colours. (alpaca photos courtesy of C. Brumpton)
|Toft Farm Alpacas|
We hit London during rush hour and it took quite a while to get to our hotel. We did a bit of driving around. Here's St. Martin in the Fields Church - a world renowned music tradition. I remember my first visit to London 30 years ago being surprised that St. Martin in the Fields wasn't in a field.
Millennium Wheel (ferris wheel over the top of the buildings) that we got.
Marion and I scored one of the luxury penthouse suites. It only had one bed but after I went down to complain I was informed that it was indeed an upgrade to a luxury suite
The bathroom was lined with marble.