|Off on a Grand Adventure..|
|Exploring the countryside..|
|The Tech Table, jumping in puddles and a small doorway|
|Plenty of frolicking in the maze and lots of photo-taking..|
|The Crafting Sofa was so nice and calm until The Great Scissors Search of 2013..|
|Outfit photos on one of the many window-seats..|
Dress: Cath Kidston (gift) // Cardigan: Peacocks // Necklace & Hat: Accessorize //
Brooch: gift // Wellies: Barratts* // Coat: Next (gift) // Bag: George@Asda (Xmas gift).
After setting off on Saturday morning and having to detour a little around the traffic to Ashbourne, I finally managed to find somewhere to park and found Rosie and Sophie, met up with Jenni and had a bit of a wander around to find somewhere to meet the rest of the group. We headed to a local pub for burger lunch (Lucy may have had the biggest burger in the world!) before setting off to find the manor house.
After a couple of detours, we got there and rushed around like loons looking at all of the rooms and the amazing decor (I've actually fallen in love with that roll-top bath, despite the fact I don't even like baths), Chloe took delivery of our supplies and between us we had brought enough cake to feed an actual army. Sarah made some of the most awesome looking brownies ever (see her recipe here). After plenty of excitable chatter, we sat down to a rather fancy dinner in the rather fancy dining hall, where Becks was tres-excited to discover that Alex had bought everyone amazing presents (mine was the cutest tortoise brooch ever, which I've named BertieII).
After dinner, with soundtrack provided by DJ Gem, we settled down to play some Articulate, which was rather amusing. With everyone stifling yawns, we retired to get some sleep (after managing to convince Sarah we wouldn't be partying all night if she went to bed).
The next morning, I managed to catch up on my letter-writing before the rest of the house awoke (much to my fellow letter-writer Alice's approval) and all had breakfast before spending the day exploring the countryside, whilst Maria and some of the others went to visit Chatsworth. It sounded as though they had lots of fun getting lost in a massive maze, whilst we had plenty of fun frolicking around and taking photos in our tiny garden one, and I got to try out my new wellies. They're from Barratts and I have been waiting for a chance to take some photos of them for an age, but never remember to take my camera with me when I'm at the allotment. I really like these as they're definitely comfy; according to Sarah's pedometer, we walked for more than 3miles and my feet weren't sore at all, so that's a definite improvement on many wellies I've had in the past. And my feet stayed dry whilst stomping through many puddles; what more can you ask for?!
We also saw The Grumpiest Llama (or possibly alpaca, I'm not sure I know anything about these creatures) on our walk before heading back for a soup break and a relaxing afternoon, chatting and doing what bloggers do best - taking photos.
After a dinner of Sunday Roast, we settled down in front of Clueless and amused ourselves with how many of the fashions from the film seem to be back already, then I managed to just about extract myself and all of my belongings from the house and head home. I was quite tempted to stay there for good. I could totally have hidden away from future visitors - the place was huuuge!
All in all I had a fabulous weekend, and want to say a big thank you to some of the loveliest girls for being so great and really cheering me up after recent weeks. Thank you, Team Norbury.