At the end of April it was my birthday, DH was working and the kids in school so we didn't do anything special. On Tuesday as both boys were in school DH decided we should do something special so we went off to Chatsworth House which is in Derbyshire (about 30 minutes from where we live) If you'd like to visit the official Chatsworth website just hit the post title and it'll take you there.

Jane Austen fans will know about the house. Jane visited the house in 1811 and used the house as the basis for Mr Darcy's home Pemberley in my favourite novel Pride & Prejudice. It's a beautiful house and the gardens are magnificent. DH of course took his camera so we got some lovely shots, although not as many as we would have done due to our DD Darcy getting bored and wanting to see the "duckies".

Chatsworth House from the East
When we arrived we had a walk around the grounds so Darcy could stretch her legs and see the sheep which were free roaming the surrounding fields. She loved that and happily decided that "Diddles want sheepy"  Finally when the house opened in we went, luckily on the day we picked the Florabundance Festival was still happening so flowers adored the house everywhere much to Darcy's delight.  Here are a few photographs of both inside Chatsworth House and the surrounding gardens.


  1. It is so lovely, large too. Could get lost in a place like that. Hope you can get back later and spent more time, little ones do get bored easily.

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  3. Wow - that is just unbelievably beautiful!!

  4. I love it! If I ever get back to England I will have to put that on my list of places to go. :)

  5. Oh wow think of all that cleaning! It looks really super Jo, and I loved Darcys comment about sheep (me too Darcy) . Thanks for comment left on my blog and I too am very fond of P&P.
    Must consult map and see just how far that is up country.

  6. I read Pride and Pejudice for the first time last year......then just had to go and buy the BBC adapatation with Colin Firth (drool lol). Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Those are lovely pictures and hope you get to go back again.


  8. Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful pictures. I've never read an Austin books but I've heard nothing but great things about them and her.

  9. What a nice little trip. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  11. Lucky You, I hope you both had a wonderful day. What lovely photosand how fortunate you are to be only 30 mintues away from such a grrand estate. Happy Belated Birthday!
    I love your Calendar Year stitching and I'm sure it will be great quilted into a wall hanging. Where did you get the pattern? I Love it and that it has the appropriate wording for each of the months is perfect.
    As for my reorganizing my fabric , I am becoming so overwhelmed again! Gosh, it is so much I need to sew much faster and stop trying to be a perfectionist. Even for community quilts, I will only make what I would want in my house so I put alot of time and effort into them. I guess, I need to just assembly line them and get them done and out of the house so I can alleviate all those shelves. lol

  12. Wow looks a beautiful place to go and visit and sounds like you had a lovely day :) xx


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