We had a week's break across in the eastern county of Norfolk, for no other reasons than we had never been there before and there were some National Trust Houses' we wanted to see.
During the last 100 years or so, increasing numbers of Stately Homes and Estates fell into a state of disrepair. Many reasons for this, but one big contributor was the First World War (1914 - 1918). Here many generations of the 'upper classes' were killed off, leaving nobody to inherit/ run the family estates. The National Trust was set up by a bunch of volunteers, mostly women, who set out to raise funds to rescue the estates. The Trust is now Massive with Millions of members ... not least, Pat & I.
We drove into Norfolk and it reminded me so much of Holland: flat, agricultural, with the 'broads' (canals).
The names of the villages originate from way back in history, and are amusing to modern ears; typically: Little Snoring, Great Snoring, Gayworme and Saracen's Head!
We went to see Peckover House. It was quite interesting and the little building on the extreme left was turned into a small bank which ended up as Barclay's Bank (currently being sued for interest rigging on both sides of the Atlantic!)... It Rained!
We went to see the wonderful Oxbrugh Hall .....it rained!
The family still live here, with lots of grown-up grandchildren. It's nice to find a place where the family haven't all died out
We went to Felbrigg Hall ... it rained!
We went to Blicking Hall the house that Anne Boleyn was born in, and has at least one ghost ... it didn't rain ..... but ... that night there was the mother-of-all storms and the hotel was almost flooded.
Being both British and waterproof, we had a fantastic time despite the weather.
When asked why, as such a small island race, the British attempted to colonise the world, the answer is simple ... to get away from the weather.
Yesterday it was blue skies and 30 C ... expect snow tomorrow :0))
I will try to catch up with all my friends blogs ... but have a million urgent tasks to complete before I can even get back to drawing