... Mum, Dad, M-I-L, Mark and I visited the lovely National Trust moated manor house at Badesley Clinton. We were really lucky to see just a hint of blue skies on Boxing Day afternoon.
I first visited this house when I was a student at Birmingham university in the mid-80s.
In those days NT properties were always closed through most of the winter months.
I love the way many of the properties now stay open and have been specially 'dressed' for the Christmas period.
This year Badesley Clinton was full of natural and traditional decorations.
This was the wreath on the ancient door below the gate-house..
This is a little detail from the dining room table.
(I'm a huge fan of blue and white and would love to be able to replicate this on our own Christmas table!!)
The whole house was full of dried fruit, berries and evergreens.
This is a detail from the library window..
Here's our Christmas table, just before everyone sat down for our main meal on Christmas Day. You can see my beloved blue and white china (Royal Worcester clearance in the mid-90s) but I've got a long way to go before my presentation looks anywhere near as glamorous!
Happy New Year to everyone who reads this post
and sincere Best Wishes for 2016 to regular readers who have become my 'bloggy friends'