One of the walks that I had to do before winter sets in was the grounds of Burghley House. Both myself and Mumsy absolutely adore the place in Stamford, Lincolnshire and just wanted to see the autumnal colours in the beautiful English countryside. The weather was perfect, the colours were inspirational and the company exquisite, just me and mum. It was quiet, oh so quiet! Just the sounds of the birds on the lake and above our heads and occasional voices from those who were on a similar walk. Even the deer were undisturbed by the very few people around them. We almost walked straight past this magnificent beast who was camouflaged by stony surroundings.
Burghley House is a pure gem in this country. I could look and drink in the different views for hours and hours and would never tire. It is the quintessential English manor, unchanged and a perfectly understandable backdrop for films such as Pride and Prejudice along with the famous Burghley Horse Trials.
Even the turrets are magical and your mind starts to wander to classic fairy stories. Can you imagine Rapunzel letting down her hair from here?
And the prince climbing these golden gates?
The countryside surrounding this house is the memory envoking kind that never disappoints.
And amongst this, the amazing deer either taking it easy...
... or being a bit more curious.
Such beautiful, gentle creatures.
The oak trees carry an appropriate warning as the limbs of these old, aged trees are extremely heavy.
Every twist and turn is full of wonder and life.
It would be so nice to take shelter in this tree on a rainy day. I could quite happily live there as a wise old owl.
Our walk was slow, unrushed and happy. Joined along the way by various curious eyes and hoofs as we collected acorns.
Lion Bridge stopped us in our tracks with its stone lions guarding each side. Regal and showing status to those who had lived at the house over the years.
The view from this bridge is that of a film backdrop. Can you imagine Mr Darcy emerging from the lake?
The stone of the bridge is so interesting with its different colours and the texture was so comforting.
This ladybird totally agrees with me and sat with us for a while soaking the sun's warmth on a late October day.
On the other side of the bridge the sheep rested before their walk back to cover.
The house enjoying the last remnants of sun for that day.
On the way back to the car we saw a stag resting by the side of the pathway. The beautiful backdrop of the house was so perfect against the sheer beauty of this beast.
I bit the bullet and thought, I wonder, would he like some acorns? He awoke, I quietly and gently approached, stretching out my hand with some delicious acorns. He was very happy to oblige in a very magical moment and very gently took the acorns. My heart skipped so happily as he slowly rose to his feet and walked towards me for more.
He walked to mumsy too and played out the most amazing memory, something we had never set out to capture. I think he was smiling as much as us!
And so, it was time to say goodbye to this beautiful place. The next time we will see the trees the leaves would have abandoned their mother.
Shall we take one last look at the countryside? Yes, let's!
We are celebrating a birthday today too! My baby girl (Miss Teenager) has now turned 14! How the year's have flown and how she has grown. So, lots of teenage angst I daresay today, a perfect time for me to pick up the crochet hook once more. Granny squares are calling me!
I hope those of you who were in the path of the storm last week suffered very little damage. We didn't get as much bad weather as predicted so are thankful for that. Can I also say thank you once again for your kind comments regarding hubby. He is still improving and will find out the full results next week. He has read your comments too and they have made him truly smile with gratitude. Thank you.
Also, thank you to my new followers. I will get round to visiting you too shortly (once the birthday cake has been eaten and cleared away!). Welcome along.
Have a wonderful week and keep safe with the fireworks this week!
♥ Chel ♥
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