Ready for an Adventure

Ted has been impatiently waiting for a summer adventure.

I (Ted), a small bear with a big heart have been housebound longer than expected.

I think? all of the craftsmen, painting, decorating, carpeting etc. have now left the building…

After all that caretaking I am now eager to be on my next adventure.

8 Comments CherryPie on Aug 4th 2018

After almost a month the certificate for the completion of my 50 day walking challenge has come through.

I have now successfully completed my 50 day walking challenge where I aimed to walk at least 10,000 per day. There were only two days when I couldn’t achieve this. I had factored those days in and had steps in the bank to cover the shortfall. The two days were when I was travelling down south for a family gathering before we embarked on our travels in Chichester for a week.

22 Comments CherryPie on Aug 2nd 2018




12 Comments CherryPie on Aug 1st 2018

Father Tiber Garden

Father Tiber Garden

Rest a While

12 Comments CherryPie on Jul 31st 2018

How we experience the world is intensely shaped by who and what surround us on a daily basis. Today that can include more virtual, social media friends than physical ones.

Quoted from the National Geographic Article ‘Are We as Awful as We Act Online?


14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 29th 2018

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage today stands as a focal point in the informal gardens, south of Adlington Hall, this site has a long history and records show that in 1727 six hot beds were built. This is a very early use of glass frames and shows Adlington had a sophisticated garden from at least the early 18th century.

In 1758 a payment was made to Mr Lyon charles Legh’s builder for building the greenhouse and making the shutters. This is the Cottage much as we see it today on the outside. It was designed with the front inspired by classical architecture that served the garden aesthetic, and the back to look like a rustic cottage that backed onto the wilderness.

Shell Cottage

During the 1820’s it was considered a suitable activity for ladies of the house to occupy themselves in shell decoration.

The tradition of adding to the decoration was continued until the 1920s and revived in the 1960s so there was never an overall plan of decoration. The restoration of Shell Cottage reflects this random approach.

Prior to the restoration by Blott Kerr Wilson, little of the original decoration was left in Shell Cottage.

The original materials had been safely stored for years until the present head gardener Anthony O’Grady painstakingly cleaned and sized the minerals ready for the day that the little shell house would be restored. There were very few of the original shells and pieces of glass/mirror that were worth saving.

I believe that nearly all the original materials used in this shell house would have been found or sourced locally. Indeed, Camilla Legh, the current owner says:

“During the 1970s and 1980s my father Charles Legh collected shells from all over the Caribbean, from Barbados, Antigua, Trinidad, Tobago and many other islands.

My mother Jane Norton has also collected and bought shells whilst visiting many of the Caribbean islands, Granada, Nevis, Antigua, Tobago and Virgin Gorda, and many European Islands.

My shell collection was considerably smaller but Blott has been able to include all our shells in her new design.”

Originally, the majority of the shells were local to the Irish Sea and probably came directly from the kitchen waste or were collected by the Leghs. Some of the more exotic shells were painted with lead verdigris paint. It was decided not to repaint these shells but leave them in their original state.

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

*Information taken from signboards within Shell Cottage

6 Comments CherryPie on Jul 28th 2018

Adlington Hall Chapel

There has been a small chapel in the north east corner of Adlington Hall since 1398. This was the year that Sir Robert de Legh was granted a licence ‘for celebration of Divine Service within the precincts of the manor’. The original Georgian Chapel was pulled down in 1928 and replaced by the current Chapel.*

*Information from the Adlington Hall guide book

12 Comments CherryPie on Jul 25th 2018

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