On Saturday we met up with friends from Nottingham at Haddon Hall. Lunch was booked for noon and very tasty it was too, turkey and an assortment of seasonal vegetables for our friends and Derbyshire Homity pie with the same vegetables for us veggies. The plate came piled high! It's a good job we didn't have a starter and there was no room left for a pudding. After lunch we had a wander around the Hall to look at the decorations. The Great Hall was heaving with people watching the Tudor Group show how Christmas would have been celebrated in Tudor times.
I took quite a lot of photos so I've just selected a few for you to see how wonderfully festive it was. It was hard to take any long shots as there were so many people so I took mainly close ups of some of the decorations and displays.
Above and below in the chapel
The next three were taken in some of the smaller rooms
Below are photos taken in the Long Gallery in which a winter wonderland had been created with just twigs and hanging baubles with wicker work reindeer sculptures in the windows.
Last but not least, because we probably spent the most time in here, the kitchens
Someone pointed out that in Tudor times the carrots would have probably been purple not orange!
After we'd spent time in the kitchens we went back through the hall and long gallery to experience it all again. We then made our to Caudwell's Mill at Rowsley for a cup of tea before heading off home under the darkening skies of a winter's evening and the added pleasure of seeing the festive lights as we passed through Matlock and Ashbourne.
You may remember that last year we visited Haddon Hall on a Tudor Group weekend and met up with some fellow bloggers Diane from Heart Shaped and Rowan from Circle of the Year.
Here is a - link - to my posts from then.