Saturday, 12 March 2016

Arlington Court

Arlingtion Court is a National Trust house in North Devon near Barnstaple.
 It is worth a visit if you are in the area.  We spent four hours or more visiting today.
 The ceilings are very impressed.
 The staircase is very grand.  The railings on the stairs would make a lovely quilt pattern.
 There are two bedspreads that I thought were wonderful
 I would have to call the second bed covering a quilt.
We walk over to see the kitchen garden.  Mr D wanted to get some ideas for his kitchen garden or should I really call it a veggie patch!!
 The gardeners were busy preparing the large plots for planting.
 The kitchen garden is a walled garden, which keeps the plots protected from wind and cold.
Just in front of the kitchen garden is an ornamental garden.
 We continue to walk along the path to the carriage museum.
 The national collection of carriages is housed in the stable block .  It is also worth a visit.
 This is a very large estate.  I would recommend to walk comfortable shoes.
There is also a tea room and gift shop.  We took a picnic and enjoyed eating our lunch in the grounds.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Royal William Yard Plymouth

 Today my children and I surprised my husband with a family lunch at the Royal William Yard.
 The Royal William yard was a Royal Navy victualling yard until it closed in 1992.
 It is also the largest collection of Grade One listed military buildings in Europe.
 The yard was named after King William IV.  It was built between 1826 and 1835.  
 It was designed by architect Sir John Rennie.
There is a ferry to the yard from the Barbican. £3.00 per person each way.  It is worth paying the fee to take the ferry for a special trip.
The yard and Devil Point is a great place to view ships entering the Plymouth sound and Devonport.
 If you are interested in military history, this is a great part of Plymouth to visit.
Royal William Yard Click on the link to view the official website.