I follow the sat nav on my phone towards Runcorn, over the bridge and into an area I once new but has now changed dramatically. Well I wasn’t being told to go to that area specifically, I just ended there as I ignored accidentally the directions she was whispering. Why is there no louder option? Through the industrial estates and along by the airport we suddenly end up on a wooded avenue either side. We have been miraculously transported to the countryside in a matter of meters.
And here we are at Speke Hall and
Gardens. The others are already here and patently waiting I guess. I join one of the two big queues, one for members one for non members. Once in I find them have a cup of tea, waiting eagerly to see the rest of the place.
We head off for a short walk to the hall where
There are a few tings and stalls going on. We stop on look at the birds of prey display with two people giving a talk on the wonderful creature.
One a very peptimistike person who made it clear that they were not suitable for pets and didn’t love humans, and
one who loved the animals to bits and was quiet happy to talk merrily about all things..
This one didn’t move so I guess it was a stuffed dummy.
We headed to the hall to join the queue to get in. this place seems very popular.
Whilst waiting in the queue we were entertained by two play actors who jibbed on at each other in a funny and captivating way. I didn’t want ot o in anymore.. No I wanted to stay I watch these pair all day long.
This reminded me of someone but I would like to say.
Yay we were in and then out but in the courtyard.
At the far side of the courtyard was a man giving a speech about the area. Dressed up and loving his bit. Its people like these that truly make these places.
We also go to meet Adam and Eve the two trees that have been in the courtyard, well nobody truly knows.
After the speech was finished it was time to head back inside.
We went to the library
And the billards room which Zoe like and even had a go on the table. It was huge.
And whilst she s was playing with the balls I was admiring the clock, the item in the room we were meant to be taking an interest in.
From here we moved to the Great Hall.
Now this was in fact the smallest Great hall I’ve ever seen. Even if it did have two fireplaces. I couldn't quiet work out the fire places though as they were offset? How did that work? Did they cook with the one whilst the offer was to keep the guest warm.
The area was nicely decorated
And then we got the treat of some period dancing.
They had definitely never heard of the Prodigy.
Hell they wouldn’t even hold hands!
Back to admiring stuff then.
And I do like a bit of stained glass window
And these two examples and really good. But no mention of them in the guide card.
Well if I need another sword I know where to come and get one.
Not that Rosie and Alan had noticed them. But what were they looking at?
Good knows its just wood and some flags.
We head to the room next door, which is not named great but in fact was.
What you looking at now Alan?
Ah the ceiling. Magnificent. A true work of art.
and somewhere hidden in this carving is some birds and a snake.
Could they spot them? All will their necks seize in position?
There look there.
When you know where your looking they stand out quiet easily.
But if you don’t well there well hidden then aren't they.
The fire place in this room is also a work of art, but is overwhelmed by that white decorative ceiling.
The glass window at the end is simple and does not distract from that ceiling either. Perfectly proportioned.
Myself and Alan head upstair, whilst Zoe and Rosie we presume will follow. In the hallway is this clock, with greatly detailed door.
This leads to several bedrooms, one with this bit of carpet that they have hung on the wall to stop you walking on it.
Then there are beds and there are beds. Unluckily we aren't allowed to try them out.
Boy someone had some free time on their hands. Don’t you just wish you carve something like this.
Time for a bath? Well that doesn’t look at all relaxing.
Another room another bed.
And at the end of this bed is a glorious chest that most people would have not noticed. Decorated in such an exotic way and clearly requires putting in my boot. Dam it I came in my MX5.
Along side the bed is a cot for a child that she never had? Its a wired place this.
We head down stairs and into the kitchen and buttery.
Lots of space and brass frying pans. Did these ever get used?
Inside the pantry there is nothing special to see. Well your wrong. Those windows there hold some history for the telling. There just being quiet today.
All I want to know and the guide card didn’t mention, which is the pancake pan?
And here are the slave bells, sorry servant bells. All 21 one them, Yes count them! No time to be bored.
Me and Alan pop out the building at the other end. No sign of Rosie or Zoe anywhere.
Outside Alan can’t get hold of them.
Its your lucky day Nack, we are going to go for a curry. We are?
And he lead me off into the bluebell filled woods.
Worryingly he was skipping!
There was no need to be worried though. He took me to watch the Morris Dancing
And He did take me for a curry and a cup of tea.
We watched the children joisting.
and wandered the stalls, talking Nordic glass and
Rosie took the opportunity to get dressed up in period clothing and posed in front of the hose. She now had one big bum!
Once she had had enough of dressing up and I’m not sure she had, we made our way back to the other side of the estate.
Where I got my chance to be childish and went running madly around the maze trying desperately to find the middle.
It was a right sod to find.
But I got there eventually, by which time the others had their kites out.
Not that they had mentioned to bring kites. And not that I have seen mine in ten odd years anyway.
Up it went right next to that runway.
And with Zoe’s flying skies Rosie makes a run for it.
Ah they are putting them away, we will all be safe now then.
I ponder if I can escape the maze now then?
Back into my MX5 and I head to Stockport without them.
Back over the famous
Bridge and into Stockport.
No wonder they got there so much earlier than me.
I settle in and put the kettle on.
And at first I think they not coming round after all. But as it turns out they have been for an unsuccessful car wash.
Rosie has brought round a couple of her games. Here we have Fleeced and she reassures us that this is a wicked game involving sheep herding!
Matt joins us and the sheeping come out.
We all get competitive until Zoe makes it quiet clear that if we want to come back to her house again
that we had better stop her sheep all the time. She is not amused and Alan gets the Whiskey out.
Just as you nearly get your sheep home some one
steals the sheep.
“Well now we know why Rosie likes this game so much” exclaims Zoe.
And with that Rosie wins with a big smile. Shuks that was fun