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.