Friday, September 02, 2016

Five on Friday

 Firstly. I want to say thank you to everyone who contacted me with good wishes after my last post.  You are all so kind and thoughtful.

Secondly,  Five on Friday is back!

It has seemed a long summer this year with strange weather, great sadness with the loss of Chloe followed by a birthday weekend away, enjoyed (in spite of a bad back which I still have) as sadness was helped by being with close friends who understood. 

 We have been out and about a bit during August so I'm including five buldings we have visited over the last few weeks.  Number one I have already written a blog post about (see my post of 21st August.) Posts on the other places (except for number five which I have featured several times before)  will follow over the next few weeks so I won't say any more about them now.

1.  Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


2. The 1620s House, Donington le Heath Manor House, Donington le Heath, Leicestershire

3. Kirby Muxloe Castle, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire

4.  Stoneywell Cottage, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire

5.  Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire

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56 comments:

  1. So pleased to see you back again, I have been thinking about you and wondering how you were getting on. I just fancy having a look inside all your interesting buildings. Calke Abbey sounds familiar, I wonder if I have been there. Take care.

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    1. Thank you:) All the buildings are wonderful inside and out, although not much inside at the two castle ruins the other places are fascinating. You probably have visited Calke - it is the NT property which was left just as it was found with rooms full of discarded things:)

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  2. I hope things are a bit better now after your loss of Chloe. I can't believe it's three years since we lost Barney. They leave such a gap, don't they? Hugs.

    t looks like you've been busy in my neck of the woods. I'm looking forward to your Kirby Muxloe post because I still haven't managed to get there!

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    1. Thank you, yes things are a little easier but there is still a great chloe shaped hole in my heart. No matter how long, we never forget our little furry friends. Kirby Muxloe is only open at weekend from May to September and so hard to get to see. We were staying in Hinkley (so we could get to Coventry by train) and saw that it was open for the last weekend of their season whilst we were there so we had to make the efort to visit:)

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  3. Such beautiful buildings Rosie. Good to have you back, you have been in my thoughts. Know how you are feeling. Lots of hugs. B xx

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    1. Thank you:) I expect we all go through this with our beloved pets, it's something we can't avoid. We have lost three others before Chloe but she was such a special cat and we had her for the longest time, her brother who has been on mediction for ages is still with us and we expected he would be the first to go but he keeps hanging on:)

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  4. Sorry to hear your sad news. Lovely photos - of your 5, I have only visited Calke Abbey (which is a peach) but they are all on the list to be featured at some point. It looks like the weather was kind to you!

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Calke is wonderful isn't it? I have tried to leave a comment on your last post about Sweetheart Abbey and it didn't seem to go through but I apologise if it did as I tried three or four times so there may be a glut of comments from me:)

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  5. Great to see you back, you have visited some fascinating places. Calke Abbey is the only one I have been to, I loved it there. Sorry to hear your sad news. xx

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    1. Thank you Jan, it is good to be back with Five on Friday. Calke is a fascinating place isn't it?:)

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss, I did not notice. You have visited beautiful buildings & places! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Ritta, we have been lucky to visit some lovely places over the last month:)

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  7. Such a diverse range of buildings! Do you have a favourite? Belated Birthday wishes Rosie. It is good to have you back blogging again. x

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    1. Thank you, Simone. I've always loved Donington le Heath so that one is probably my favourite but Stoneywell is wonderful too, it was the first time we had visited and we were there on my birthday so it semmed very special and wonderful inside too:)

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  8. Your Chloe was a beautiful girl and will always be in your heart. Love seeing where you have visited ... always interesting buildings, flowers and wildlife. Have a lovely week. Take care.

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    1. She was a lovely little cat, so clean and tidy and affectionate and will be greatly missed. Glad you enjoyed looking at the photos, I will share more about some of the places later:)

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  9. I've thought about you and Chloe often and hope you're feeling better. I always enjoy your photos.

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    1. Thank you Janet, things do get easier but I still look for her in her favourite spots when we come home and the house feels emptier without her. We still have her brother Max:)

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  10. Beautiful buildings. The shape of Stoneywell Cottage is fascinating and makes me wonder was it added to or built that way originally.

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    1. It was built that way c.1908 by an arts and crafts movement architect for his brother who was a succesful, local industrialist. I'll explain more in a future post, it is a fascinating place:)

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  11. Good to see you back Rosie. I was so sad to read your news from the previous post. Take care x

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    1. Thank you Jessica. It is good to be back:)

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  12. Pleased to see you are back and belated Happy Birthday.Barbarax

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    1. Thank you Barbara, it was a happy/sad birthday. I'm nearer 70 than 60 now - can't quite believe that:)

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  13. Hi Rosie, I wanted to send you a virtual hug as I understand the pain you're going through. These photos are so lovely and it looks like a fascinating place to visit. I'm happy that you were able to spend some time with your dear friends. I hope your back is doing better. Take care dear friend, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Pat, for your kind words. It is hard to lose a beloved pet and it is good to hear from those who understand:)

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  14. Looking forward to seeing all these places as I've not visited any of them - as far as I can remember!

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    1. I will be writing about them over the next week or two, not sure which one to wite about first!:)

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  15. Sorry I had missed the news of Chloe but glad to see you back. A lovely collection of photos and I shall look forward to reading more about some of these places.

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    1. Thanks Louise, it is good to be back:)

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  16. I'm sorry to learn of your loss of Chloe, too, Rosie, and I hope your back is on the mend. Thanks for sharing your Friday Five buildings which look so interesting...and thanks for promising to tell us more about some in future posts. I just read an article about a couple in Portland, Oregon, who have been married for 67 years. They still live in the house they bought for just under $6000.00 over fifty years ago! Amazing differences in the dwelling we wee around us...each with their own unique story.

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    1. Thank you Gracie, back is a little easier now. How wonderful to be in the same house for so long and be together for such a long time too. These houses are full of history aren't they?)

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  17. I love that those buildings have been preserved. When I see a beautiful building being leveled for a Walmart (or worse yet, a parking lot), it almost sends me into mourning. We Americans are not very good at preserving - we just tear down and replace. Saddens me.

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    1. A lot of places, especially the larger ones, were demolished here too in the 50s and 60s, we think more about preserving them now. It is sad when buildings that have seen so much history disappear:)

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  18. I have been thinking of you, Rosie, after hearing about your loss of Chloe in your last post. I'm very sorry. Also I hope your back gets better soon. You've visited some lovely places over the Summer. The only one I've been to is Calke Abbey. All those buildings look interesting, but I especially like the look of the 1620s manor house and Stoneywell Cottage.

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    1. I'm sure you would love both houses, Linda, they are unique in their own way. Calke is fascinating too. Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you are getting on ok, I have been thinking of you, too:)

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  19. Beautiful buildings. I am so sorry to hear about Chloe, having lost dear Benson earlier this year I understand your loss, it will get easier, but it takes time and you will always remember and love her I am sure. Hugs and all very good thoughts to you, and hoping that your back is better soon. Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, I know you have been through the same thing this year. Thank you for visiting when I know you have so many concerns at the moment. Take carexx

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  20. I was so sorry to hear about your sad loss - I have been thinking of you. You must be missing Chloe so very much.

    It is good to see you back and look forward to reading more about the places you have visited. I've been to Calke Abbey quite a few times with a friend and visited Stoneywell last year and loved it there. I did mean to return this year with my husband but time flies so quickly and there never seems an opportunity to do all you wanted to so it will be good to see your pictures. I found it such a magical place :)

    A belated Happy Birthday and I hope your back is better soon.

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    1. Thank you, I do miss Chloe so much. We visited Stoneywell on my birthday and it was magical, we want to go back again next year. It was a Bank Holiday Sunday but so quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed our guided tour although the narrow stone stairs were a bit difficult with my back but I managed. We had coffee and scones in the cafe afterwards, such a treat:)

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  21. Good Morning Rosie, I had to read back to last post (still catching up blogging). I'm so sorry to hear of your sweet Chloe, what a lovely photo of her. It's hard to lose them when our pets have been with us for such a long time. What a wonderful age for a dear little cat.
    Your photos of the various buildings are beautiful. The last place looks a lot like Amy's Basildon Park!
    Happy Belated Birthday!
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    1. Thank you Wendy for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos:)

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  22. Nice to see you back Rosie. You've been visiting some interesting looking places, I look forward to reading about them.

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    1. I think you would like the 1620s house, although all of them are fascinating in dfferent ways:)

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  23. I have just come back from a break and was so sorry to read about Chloe. Our furry family members are so incredibly hard to let go of. Every time I see a rainbow I think of Rainbow Bridge and that my gorgeous and missed Coco will be waiting for me. Your five historical places that you have shown this week are a beautiful sight. Take care xx

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    1. Thanks, Chel. It is hard, even when expected as they are family members and Chloe and her brother Max have been with us for such a long time, we still have Max but he is very doddery now and can't see well at all:)

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  24. I'm sorry for the loss of your Chloe. It's hard to lose a dear one.
    Your photos have me wanting to jump onto a plane and visit those castles and homes. Ruins can be so evocative of the past.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie. I'm sure you would enjoy all the places we visited:)

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  25. You certainly get about Rosie - lovely to see all these different places through your eyes. Hope you are feeling a bit better after your bad news. Take care and have a good week.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine, we do try to have a day somewhere each week and also to make use of our memberships of the NT and EH. Thanks for your kind thoughts:)

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  26. Beautiful photos of places I would love to see!

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    1. They are all lovely places, Marie and not too many miles between them all:)

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  27. It's lovely to see you back again after the sad loss of Chloe. You must miss her so much - what a sweet companion she was.
    The historic buildings look such interesting places to wander around. I look forward to reading all about them.

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    1. Thank you Wendy, yes she was a perfect little companion. It is going to be hard to chose which building to write about first:)

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  28. So sorry to hear about Chloe I have no words that will heal you and I know your pain. Sending lots of love and hugs x

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