I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas, we did and are now having a few quiet, and snowy, days before departing for Spain.
We made our now traditional visit to Clumber Park on Boxing Day and Ellie had booked us in to the very lovely tea room that is located in the old Head Gardener’s House.
I found this wonderful picture of part of the lake that we walked around from the National Trust website, it has been taken from a crane next to the chapel that Ellie is in charge of.
We usually stop off for tea and cake at every Trust property and always rate the tea rooms for theme, decor and availability of gluten free cake and this one scored very highly indeed.
It has been restored and is absolutely gorgeous inside. This exterior picture is from the National Trust website as I forgot to take one but all others are mine. We especially loved the very glamorous Victorian themed toilets.
They also had exceptional good gluten free chocolate brownie, no pictures of that as it was eaten too quickly!
This gorgeous silk embroidery was hanging in the upstairs hallway.
Before the tea we had a lovely walk round the park, again there was a beautiful winter sun like last year so I was able to take some arty shots.
This beautiful old stone bench by the lake is part of the collection that Ellen looks after, I love the long shadows in the photos.
On Christmas Eve we visited Nottingham for the Christmas market and had a quick wander round, they have beautifully decorated stalls with lots of chocolate, gingerbread and German inspired food.
There are some beautiful buildings in the city centre as well.
It was lovely to meet Ava, my great niece, as well, she is such a happy, smiling baby and she really loved her little knitted mouse, she fell asleep holding it which was so cute.Here is a picture of my lovely children at the family lunch we had. Jake looks so grown up with his beard.
Hope you all have a lovely New Year, don’t forget to like this post for a chance to enter the giveaway. Thanks very much for visiting and see you all again in 2018.