Dyrham Park

Last weekend my oldest friend – well longest lasting, rather than actually old – came to visit for the weekend. As well as delivering flyers up Bathwick Hill and a trip to the West Country Quilt Show at Shepton Mallet, we had a lazy Sunday stroll around Dyrham Park.

The house is set in a huge deer park, which provides lovely walks and views. This visit, however, we just walked along the drive, jumping out of the way of the courtesy bus as the driver seemed to be in a bad mood and drove rather fast towards pedestrians.

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park - walking down the drive through the deer park

Dyrham Park – walking down the drive through the deer park

Most of the house was closed, but four rooms were open and decorated for Christmas and there were some craft stalls.

clever trompe l'oeil

clever trompe l’oeil

classy Christmas decorations

classy Christmas decorations

I like these holly balls

I like these holly balls

The covered passage to the church was open, but sadly we timed it wrongly for the carols…I do like a bit of singing!

Dyrham Park church tower

Dyrham Park church tower

carved grave stone

carved grave stone

A little walk around the gardens before lunch in the restaurant seemed like a good idea.

Dyrham Park gardens

Dyrham Park gardens

Karen and Mark

Karen and Mark

now there's posh!

now there’s posh!

How did we manage not to notice this carving on the orangery before?

How did we manage not to notice this carving on the orangery before?

I never can resist the reflection of trees on a pond.

I love the topiary by the orangery.

face topiary

face topiary

…and Mark-the-cat-whisperer made a new friend.

Mark and a cat

Mark and a cat

awwww!

awwww!

wonderful home for a cat

wonderful home for a cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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