Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Week Off Work

This past week I've been on annual leave from work, we haven't been away, it was just nice to spend time at home.  The first two afternoons I had Oliver as Jenny was at work, on Wednesday I had a lovely day in Cheltenham, DH had to go there for a meeting and I spend the day looking round the shops. It's a nice town with a lovely variety of shops and, I managed to find a wool shop, Budget Wools.  Lots of choice, and of course I came out with a bag full of goodies :-)

As the day worn on on Thursday I developed a stinking cold, sneezing, eyes and nose streaming, it came out of the blue as I felt fine until lunch time!  Not what you want when you have time off, so by mid afternoon I was tucked up on the sofa feeling sorry for myself.  

I bought tickets for the Great British Food Festival many months ago now and Saturday was the event day at Ragley Hall.  We had a lovely day out, there were lots of different foods to try and things going on.

A Man V Food Challenge

Some delicious cakes and fudge (all of which we resisted!)

There was a 'Cake Off'
Bake a traditional Victoria Sponge cake, 50% of the marks from judges and 50% for the general public.  I so wanted to enter this but really didn't feel up to baking a cake the day before, perhaps next year I will enter.


 Some interesting burgers on offer.

Later we took a walk round the lovely gardens

 We took Oliver with us for the day, he had a great time running round the large grounds.


But didn't know quite what to make of the statues, lol




We had afternoon tea on the terrace

Where there was a very cheeky peacock, which Oliver insisted on running round after and calling a chicken, lol

The view from the terrace, (DH and Oliver on the steps)

Our afternoon tea also gave us entrance to the State Rooms

I LOVED the library, what a wonderful room!

You couldn't actually go into this room, just view from the doorway.


Ragley Hall is still a family home to 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their 4 children,  we were told that some of the rooms are used by the family therefore there are personal things like family photographs in most of the rooms.




We should really visit more stately homes, it's wonderful to see how the other half live!

I have one more day off work, and to hopefully get rid of this dam cold, then back to work on Tuesday.  On Wednesday I have a hospital appointment, to have a camera in a place where the sun don't shine,  :-0 ......I think that's all the information you need on that, lol.  Needless to say I will be glad when it's done.

Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. 
Until next time
-X-

5 comments:

butterfly said...

Hope your cold is much better now.

I use to love my visits to the R/Hall when we lived in the midlands thanks for sharing the photos.

cucki said...

Hope you feeling much better dear
Beautiful photos
Big hugs x

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. Gosh, what a lovely place to visit and have tea and walk the grounds! Oliver looks like a real sweetie!

Hope you feel better soon!

Christina said...

Lovely photos Maggie. :0) If only I could win the lottery!

I have had 'that' camera...twice...and both times without sedation. I'm more than happy to share my experiences/put your mind at rest if you need some reassurance! :0) x

Melanie said...

My goodness, look at those views on the terrace! I feel like I must have seen this property in a British drama or two, right? It seems very familiar. Very beautiful. I can't imagine having that much room to live in. You could get lost for days. lol
Thanks so much for sharing! :)