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Menoffagainorrhoea; When Sunday Shone

A week at Aitch's and it was Sunday the 24th of June. The weariness was really grabbing at me and affecting my appetite a bit, but there were still so many places on the list of things to see and do. Aitch said to forget the list and have a look around on the net for a place I felt I could manage that day. We settled on Melford Hall.

You can see how hot and dry it was - the grass was crisp underfoot and definitely looking more like Australia than the 'green and pleasant land'! It was a short walk from the car park round to the main entrance, with a most impressive doorway - although not as large as is often found in such homes.

We were welcomed by one of the guides who let us know that the entry hall was to be used as if we were visiting friends; look at the photos and albums and sit on the furniture and, out in the garden, use the croquet equipment, enjoy the scones or partake in the afternoon garden 'tour'. It was a comfortable place to be, without the sense of having to keep one's elbows and backside tucked for fear of crashing into something or knocking priceless vases to the floor! The family still live there, in the one wing not open to the public. After going around the garden with "Peter", I chose not to tackle the stairs, so sat beside one of the two-hundred-year-old climbing roses with a cold drink and watched folk attempt croquet and may or may not have pulled The Hat down for some 'contemplation' time...

The Library was definitely a fascination for me. The little nook at the end (which also had the work of a local potter for sale - Aitch got a beautiful light blue bowl) with the fireplace, the mock marble columns, and once I got chatting with the room guide, he also showed me the concealed door. it's the left of the two non-book panels. When open it leads through to the Blue Room, but between them is a whole body-width of hollow wall inside which is concealed a spiral staircase to the upper floor. The Library itself was originally an external portico which got filled in to create this most handsome of rooms... doncha just love these old houses??!!!

...it's Jerusalem Sage, that stuff on the right...

This is the 'back stair' which did at least have a bannister. I still wasn't up for climbing though!

Once Aitch had visited the upper floor we sat and enjoyed a cuppa and a scone (for me) and sandwich and cake (for her) and compared notes on our impressions of the place. Needless to say, Aitch also had some geocaching lined up and there was a church over the road... you can see it peeping over the fence two piccies up!

See you Monday for part two of our Sunday outing! (Tomorrow's FFF remember!)


  1. Gosh I'm sorry you had to have the 'can't help its' (that is what my mama called it when she could not put her finger on what exactly was the matter) on your vacation. You are a trooper for soldiering on!!
    Hugs HiC

  2. The house looks fascinating and the garden so lovely. England has such a richness of these amazing old properties to visit.
    Until much needed rain arrived a couple of days ago, our grass in Aberdeen was looking every bit as brown as in your photos today.
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. Hello, looks like you picked a nice place to visit. I love the tour inside and the beautiful plants and gardens. Have a happy Thursday!

  4. What a magnificent house!!! Mom says she would find it hard to relax surrounded by such big spaces and luxury. The woodworking and crown moldings were gorgeous - oh, heck it's all beautiful!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  5. Hi Yam - looks to be an amazing place ... it's on my list when I get to go back to that area - and even more so now. Glad you were able to name the Jerusalem Sage - amazing how snippets of information, such as flower-plant names, can jump the pond via blogging et al ... cheers Hilary

  6. Why, yes we do like old homes.
    Hidden staircases and old wonderful books.
    Then the photos of gardens too such a delight.
    I don't do stairs either, like you more content
    to take in the views.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    xo Linda Astro and Mitzie

  7. What an interesting place to visit!

  8. OMD, what a beautiful place! Ma could spend hours and hours in there..I could spend hours and hours doin' zoomies in the gardens!
    Thanks for takin' us along!
    Ruby ♥

  9. What a beautiful place, we especially like the library
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. we want this fabulous bench... it looks so much better than our made in vietnam thing... and I bet it stays furever with us and not just 2 days ;O)

  11. that might be the biggest bench I have ever seen, and I like it a lot. you really had a great vacation

  12. Wonderful history captured in your lovely photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Yes, I do love the old homes. Such history, stories and beauty. I feel the call of ancestors when I see these homes. Pretty sure the ancestors were the maids, farm workers and or cooks. namaste, janice xx

  14. My stomach always has a hard time when I travel...

    I really, really, really enjoyed the last picture of Medford Hall with the flowers in the foreground!!

  15. Yamilny. you have definitely provided the viewer a visual treat.

  16. Well, sometimes it's just better to throw away the book and go with your guts. Or in this case, list and capability! Mind you, you will have to return now at some point (did you need any excuse to do that?) to finish the list...


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