It’s quite a while now since I visited Haddon Hall with the BB’s but I guess it gives me the opportunity to post a quite festive blog entry.
Haddon was all decorated for the Christmas season and on the weekend that we visited we were lucky enough to see the Tudor group in full swing of merriment. Once of the room stewards told me that it took a week to prepare the Hall with all the greenery. If so that’s quite impressive as it looked lovely.
Although there was the customary downpour as we left the car park once in the grounds the weather cheered up somewhat. The little chapel was pretty with its evergreens and with the sun shining through the glass it made for a very festive atmosphere.
Once in the Hall we found the kitchens first where food preparations were very busy. It was impossible to capture everything but with the emphasis on presentation and show of the Lord’s wealth there were some very decorative pieces of confectionary.
The Lord of Misrule had installed himself in the main hall and at various times of the day all sorts of mischief and amusement were taking place to entertain the visitors with spooky tales of Yule.
The rest of the hall had been decorated in a thoughtful way. Piggie wiggy woo was the first food item on the table, whilst upstairs the roaring fire and a insight into the cocktail set presented another time of Christmas past.
The main gallery was festooned with greenery and gifts. It looked splendid.
Outside the Dorothy’s bridge was withstanding more river swell as it had been a very rainy week. I just hope its coped okay with this week’s deluge!
A very welcome glass of mulled wine in the courtyard finished our visit off. And another year at Haddon for my visits. In one way that seems quite sad but at least it means there are more visits to come in 2013 (hopefully)
So I wish everyone a lovely Christmas!