It's been another weekend of celebrations here in Worcester..
On Sunday we drove down to Oxford to take my Father in Law out for his birthday.
He was delighted with a 'Jan Original' patchwork cushion
(in colours to match his conservatory furniture...)
Mark and his Dad share a passion for sweets and puddings - especially ice-cream sundaes.
Yesterday I took my parents out to celebrate BOTH their birthdays
(Dad is exactly four years older than Mum)
We went to Upton House - the lovely National Trust Property near Banbury.
After days of gloom and dampness, we were so lucky with the weather...
The gardens looked fabulous, with just a hint of early Autumn colour..
My parents love gardens and enjoyed exploring each of the terraces..
The borders were really pretty..
After lunch we went into the house.
Normally it's presented with a '1930s House Party Theme'.
This year it's been completely transformed to tell the story of it's life during WW2.
The owners were a rich banking family and they decided to move the bank from London to their home pretty much as war broke out. The rooms now capture the bizarre combination of beautiful art and functional wartime food, furniture and crockery. It's really well done...
Everything is designed to prompt memories...
Internal mail envelopes have a drab 1940s colour and
children are encouraged to use the type-writers to create memos..
One of the upstairs bedrooms is given over to a display about Ladies fashions and 'Make Do and Mend'. Then the next room is presented as the Ladies dormitory, with everything from this little Singer sewing machine to reproduction 1940s WC roll.
All the clothes in the wardrobe were made from war time patterns by the volunteers.
It's clear that everyone involved in the house has put an immense amount of energy into this wartime project. It's been carried out with a tremendous eye for detail and I'd really recommend a visit to anyone who's in the area.
Today things are a bit more 'normal' again...
Walking, harp, housework and preparation for our approaching holiday...
I'm popping round to help Mum with Facebook this afternoon..
We're out with friends from the car club this evening..
Can't think how I managed to find time to work!!!