Saturday, 21 March 2015

New Adventures in Familiar Places

How is it spring already? I feel like I have slept through February and March. Wasn't it Christmas last week? We are moving through this year incredibly quickly. My time is currently occupied by university work. I have three deadlines in May, and I need to hand in my dissertation proposal next week. I cannot believe that I have almost completed my taught modules. I am going to be graduating again before I know it! The only problem with having so much work to do is that I have been feeling a little trapped in the house. I spend most of my time reading or writing, which I enjoy, but not being able to go out has been a little draining. So when I was feeling a little stressed this morning I thought it would be nice to go and walk Bree somewhere different.

I have been visiting Elvaston Castle since I was a little girl. I have lots of happy memories at Elvaston, as I used to visit with my parents and my grandparents. My Nanna in particular adored visiting, and I always miss her when I'm walking around the gardens. It is a place that never fails to make me feel better when I am feeling tense.

Bree is now six months old, and it was her first time visiting. She loved it. She had a wonderful time exploring and playing with several other puppies. She's actually fast asleep next to me as I'm writing this, so she is quite worn out! I had to drag her over to the car to get her to go (I have the only puppy in the world who would rather stay in bed than go on a walk) but she really enjoyed it. I think it is her favourite place so far as she didn't want to leave! One of the best things about having a dog is that you do not notice how far you have walked. I also followed Bree into a woodland area and ended up in a place that I had previously missed. I think it is wonderful that you can visit somewhere for twenty two years and still have new things to discover! Sadly the castle was once again covered in scaffolding so I have no photos of it. Hopefully the work will be completed in summer so I can go back and take more photos! I have really been enjoying looking at black and white photos recently, and I think there's a strange kind of beauty to pictures without colour. All of these were taken on my phone; I find my camera too bulky when I am walking Bree.


I had never seen the building above before. It was incredibly beautiful, and I would love to know what it was used for. I would also love to peek inside! It has been a lovely day. Sometimes it is incredibly nice to take a break from mundane activities.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Those photos are beautiful, i love black and white photography! I would love to see this place! Bree sounds adorable!

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    1. Thank you! It's a lovely place. I'm glad Bree loves it as much as I do!

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  2. aww that dog story made me laugh ^^ plus i love those photos, looks like a really nice place to visit and explore!

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  3. I totally feel you! Where did the Winter go? Not even a clue. Nonetheless, Spring is such a Wonderful time too, I don´t really care about it coming already (specially as it means the end of glacial temperatures!).

    I find amazing you live close to such a wonderful place and can have the chance to visit as much as you want to ❤ In relation to the little building, it brought to my mind a very similar one I saw at Basildon Park, in Berkshire. The people at National Trust told me it used to work as some kind of shelter for the caretaker, as it was located close to both, the riding stables and estate walls. Nonethless, I am still puzzle they used such a magnificent little construction just for that...

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    1. I will be glad to be able to go out without two coats on! It has gone surprisingly quickly.

      Thank you! I'm very lucky. I think the little building is a folly. I've never visited Basildon Park but it looks lovely! It's sad that we no longer build things as beautiful just for little things!

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  4. What a lovely place to visit! And time flies faster with each year, we all need to get used to it...

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    1. It does! I don't think I will ever get used to it!

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  5. Beautiful place, and a lovely day out. Spring only arrived here on the north east coast 2 days ago - it's been soooo cold! My daffs are now happily flowering through, which is lovely to see.

    I did my first masters full time, and couldn't believe how quickly it flew over - even though logically I knew it was a full year, it seemed like weeks. It was a lovely summer, we'd just gotten our dog Sally, and I remember she and I would be locked in the study all afternoon after I finished work, reading government policies, Scottish devolution proposals and policy separation, research frameworks (I recall referencing 90 documents / sources in a month...) etc whilst outside the birds were singing and the beach was calling. Sometimes you just have to give in to it and get out there and relax for a while. 10 years on she still sits in my study on her own special chair so she can see out of the window! IT was hard work, but a really happy time.

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    1. I love seeming the daffodils in bloom! We buy a bunch throughout spring and they always brighten up the house.

      I cannot believe that it is a full year, it certainly doesn't seem like it. I'm trying to balance relaxation time with Bree and Figgy in between work. I could quite easily work all day without realising it, but I always feel refreshed after going for a walk or even sitting in the garden brushing Figgy. Sally sounds so lovely! My masters is difficult but immensely enjoyable, and I think I will miss it when it is over!

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  6. I love Elvaston, I'm the same as you in that it never fails to lift my mood.

    The last building is The Moorish Temple, it's a folly built by the 4th Earl for his wife. My Husband and I had our handfasting next to it a few years ago. It's a gorgeous peaceful spot.

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    1. Thank you for the information on the building! I did a quick Google search but information appeared to be rather scarce. It's a beautiful building, and I imagine it was the perfect location for a handfasting! It really is a lovely spot. I think I will be having a few picnics in front of it in the summer!

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