We are back from our all too short trip to Somerset. I feel that I have almost visited another world and another time. We stopped at Stonehenge on the way down(impossible just to drive past)
Monday the weather was unkind but we had a wonderful visit to Montacute House This houses some of the National Portrait Gallery's Elizabethan portaits and there are some wonderful things to look at. We were intrigued by this maginicent portrait of Walter Deverux 1st Earl of Eassex and are now trying to find out what in the world is the strange thing attached to his right breast which look for all the world like a large buttonhole holder!! If anyone knows.......
Tuesday we visited Wells the smallest city in England. The cathedral was amazing architecturally and houses some wonderful embroideries and lace.The alter cloths are stunning worked (I think I am right) at the Embroiderers Guild and by the Sarum Group and I so wanted a longer closer look at the choir stall cushions which were all worked by volunteers and are very fine indeed. The bishop's palace next door has very photogenic gardens.
Now as you know Tyntesfield was the main reason for the visit but I think that deserves a post of it's own and I am now two weeks (3 if I'm not careful) behind on TAST and as no one is going to offer me a menu this evening I better find some food.