Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last post I'm glad you enjoyed it. In the post I promised to show you more of the Island Arboretum, Servants' Quarters and Farm at Shugborough so this is more or less a continuation of our visit. We walked up towards the Mansion House and Gardens and then down the Lady Walk towards the pretty, flower covered boathouse which featured in my last post and over the blue bridge to the Arboretum.
It was very quiet and peaceful on the walk and shaded under the trees many of which are oaks grown from acorns collected by Lord Lichfield from all over Europe, North America and Asia. Damsel flies were flitting around the grasses and rushes by the water's edge their blue bodies shining in the sunlight. We saw lots of butterflies too.
The oak tree above, according to the label, is Qercus Dentata 'Cal Ferris Miller' collected in Asia in 2000.
The cones on this fir tree looked quite unreal in their pale green state, just as if they had been painted by hand. There were lovely views of the mansion house across the water and some more sculptures which were part of the sculpture trail but if we are to visit the servants' quarters and farm we must move on. We left the island by the red bridge which is part of the Chinese section of the gardens.
After we'd taken refreshment in the Lady Walk tea room we set off to view the servants' quarters.We had to dodge around the school parties who were being taught how food was cooked and clothes were washed and how hard servants worked, how much they were paid and how little free time they had. Their little faces were rapt in attention as they listened to the costumed characters of the cook, laundry maid, footman and brewer. Here are some photos of the rooms we saw, some were closed off for the visits.
Above and below are parts of the main kitchen
Below the servants' dining room and the laundry
The laundry floor was still wet from the demonstration so we couldn't walk on it.
There was so much to see in the museum which is upstairs over the kitchens and laundry that it was a while before we caught the little train down to the farm.
I loved the farm house with its inviting entrance hall,
and warm kitchen
In the kitchen the cook was making bread and scones with flour ground at the farm mill. Down the passage in the photos above is a dairy where the dairymaid had been demonstrating the making of cheese. Here is a link to Paul's Bread pages where he has added a page on the mill at Shugborough farm. I've made a collage of some of the animals at the farm as this post is getting a bit photo heavy.
After we'd said hello to all the animals it was time to go back to the car park and make our way home with a bag of flour to test later. It was so lovely to have a day out without any rain. I've still to tell you about the week before when we had a day out in Birmingham most of my memories of which were of being wet through to the bone and steaming dry in the museum cafe, of sheltering from the torrential rain under the council house portico near the 'floozie in the jacuzzi' whilst watching Wimbledon on the big screen, of finding travelling on the train with lightening flashing by the windows quite scary. I'll be back with that! Meanwhile here is a photo of an even wetter than normal 'floozie'.....
'bye for now.