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An Excuse to Buy Bacon and Sausages
An unexpected sunshine-filled day at the weekend offered the perfect opportunity to go walking on the beautiful Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire - grand home to the 12th Duke of Devonshire. And of course - as always- it's a good excuse to visit the estate farm shop for delicious Chatsworth cured bacon and sausages. We like to work up a healthy appetite walking and then have an unhealthy fry up when we get home.... but my oh my it's the best!
I noticed this memorial stone for the 'previous' Duke of Devonshire. I hadn't realised it was almost 10 years since his death. it doesn't seem long ago since he visited our local scout group for the centenary celebrations. Thinking back, I'm not even sure how he came to be there...
The crowds flocked to Chatworth House so we decided to give it a miss this time and headed for the peaceful river which flows through Chatsworth Park. I spotted a ruined mill through the trees - funny how I'd never noticed it before.
The corn mill dates back to 1760 and was designed by James Paine - I came across his name elsewhere recently but can't recall where. It was supposedly built to enhance the landscape. A fallen tree had completely demolished the roof.. I think if I had the wealth of the family I'd enjoy restoring it. If I ever win the lottery I have my eye on a local historic pub I'd like to restore... open a tea room... vintage emporium...heritage centre.
Stones, shapes and sky...
Ferns peeping out from the stonework...
Hidden around the back is a mill stone - I presume the original one.
The workings of the mill lie hidden behind this iron work.
Water from this river was diverted across to the mill. All that remains by the mill is a feeble trickle.
I'm always on the lookout for shadows and reflections. I like the way the light falls on blades of grass.
I scrambled up the embankment to view this impressive mound of fungi!
The Estate is around 1000 acres. It was designed by Capability Brown. It struck me that the landscape is unusual in that all the trees look so neat. I noticed that the deer nibble the foliage and keep the trees perfectly trimmed!
We stopped at this perfect park bench to have a picnic - scotch eggs and freshly pressed pear juice. The deer were basking in the sunshine. So tranquil.
I hope to visit Chatsworth House very soon - there's a Beyond Limits Sculpture Exhibition in the gardens organised by Sotherby's which looks well worth visiting. I hear the latest Duke is a huge collector of modern art.
Hope you liked my walk. The sausages and bacon were delicious.
Enjoy your weekend! I'd love to see where you've been with your camera - why don't you join in the link-up below? If you're stuck for ideas, why not go out looking for shadows?
Check out Chatsworth Farm Shop here
just popping in to say that I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award the details are on my blog
I just found your blog and your photo walk. I love it.
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