Reblogged : ‘Tudor splendour’ by Stitches of Time

We love to read about your experiences of visiting Charlecote. You all have many different reasons for wanting to see our special place and often take a variety of things from your visit.

Here is a blog post from Stitches of Time. As you may guess from the name, this blogger has an interest in stitching, sewing, knitting and historical embroidery…

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…I love Tudor buildings with the red stone and the twisted chimneys and this had a beautiful setting as well. It was brilliant to see so many families enjoying the place, it was the school holidays and there was a teddy bear’s picnic on the lawn. Lots of future National Trust members hopefully who will bring their own children and help care for these places forever.

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Inspiring interiors! Charlecote’s wallpaper and the chocolate bar

Many visitors to our House comment on the fabulous interiors. They wander from room to room and gasp at the grandeur; the architecture, the antiquities and the decorating.

Something that people often mention is the wallpaper.

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We have lots of beautiful wallpaper at Charlecote and interestingly the inspiration for the pattern of the Library wallpaper comes from a painting also at Charlecote.

Detail of brown and gold wallpaper in the Library at Charlecote

Detail of brown and gold wallpaper in the Library at Charlecote

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Reblogged: Every child needs to find their wild side #30DaysWild — Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Have you been going wild this June?

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We’ve been making an effort each day to share a wild view, video, idea or activity on our twitter feed. It’s all part of the Wildlife Trusts ’30 Days Wild’ Campaign. It fits so nicely with our own ideas of getting outdoors, enjoying and conserving nature. Like Katie explains in her blog (below) it is incredibly important for our children to experience the outdoors.

 

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I feel very lucky that as a child I was encouraged to play outside by my parents, no matter what the weather. I’ve had those times where I got so engrossed in trying to catch a stickleback fish, I got my brand new shoes so wet and muddy they were unsalvageable. I can’t say my parents were happy for the messy shoes but they definitely saw the value in the outdoors. […]

Read the rest of Katie T’s blog and find out why Every child needs to find their wild side #30DaysWild —on  Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Blog

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Recipe: Earl Grey tea sorbet

We thought we’d share with you another recipe. This is particularly good on hot summer afternoons…

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We’re told that the secret to a good tea sorbet is the infusion. Recipes usually tell you to add boiling water but this recipes warns against this! It recommends soaking the tea in cold water overnight instead. This should give a good flavour and none of the bitter tannin. It also suggests experimenting with teas and various fruits as the tast combinations are a revelation!

Ingredients (to make approx. 1l or 4 cups)
3 tbsp Earl Grey tea-leaves*
625ml water
300ml Sugar Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon, strained

* If you use tea bags rather than leaves, use 4.

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

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