As I’m sure most of you, like me, will be very busy at present wrapping last minute gifts, watching Holiday Inn and sipping mulled wine, I’ll try to keep this short. I do have a wonderful trip to the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam) to write up, but I’m saving it for after the Christmas craziness!
Today I paid a visit to Hughenden Manor, a National Trust House in Buckinghamshire (not far from where I live), where I’ve been many times before, but never at Christmas and I must say it’s something that I would highly recommend. They decorate the whole place to look like it would have done at Christmas many, many years ago and it was beautiful. I went with my Mum, her friend and some of her friend’s young children, and it was great.
As well as all of the decorations to look at, they had a room full of old fashioned clothes to try on, which I’m unashamed to say we relished, though sadly I found the maid costume was the one that fitted like a glove as opposed to the Lady of the Manor’s!
There’s also things to entertain you outside the house, not just inside; not that I’m biased from having grown up nearby, but I must say the surrounding area is also charming, so if you fancied a walk the grounds should suit you!
Though it makes for an interesting visit all year round, not just Christmas, as it was once the home of Benjamin Disraeli. There are many quotes of his up around the house, though I must say one of my favourites is the following:
“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
Today was one I really hope I do remember, and reminded me that travel does not mean you have to go far, if it is a new and enjoyable experience, it is a worthwhile one.
I look forward to reading about all your travels and experiences in the coming weeks so as long as you can remember enough to write about, and perhaps have some photos to show, that would be fabulous!
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a marvellous new year!