Wednesday 10 September Chatsworth House

Our ‘day off’ started a bit dull despite a good forecast but after our usual chores it started to brighten up. We had planned to visit Chatsworth House (, well actually the gardens, this year to see ‘beyond limits’, the outdoor selling sculpture exhibition. This is the third year it has been held at Chatsworth House and occasionally some of the exhibits have been a little controversial. This years exhibition had been previewed on local TV on the previous evening. So it was not surprising that when we arrived at midday the car park was already very full. There were about two dozen sculptures dotted around the gardens which we found with the map provided. Some were very good but there were a few which we wondered about – but then that is art. Amongst our favourites was House of Knowledge’. One of the sculptures we never found. I have included some pictures here.
In the gardens themselves there were some new features open to the public for the first time this year such as the Quebec area in which a 300 year old cascade has been restored. If you were to walk the full length of the grounds and back it is not far off 3 miles. The grounds cover over a 100 acres. We had a late lunch of sandwiches and a piece of cake from one of the eating establishments and by the time we had visited the gift shop to buy some bits for the business it was almost 5pm. It had been warm and sunny enough for an ice cream!
Back home a quick check on emails and phone calls before dinner then took one of our guests to our first WI meeting this season collecting Joanna en route. The keep fit session hadn’t finished and we had to wait outside. Our speaker tonight was Sally Mosley ( who lives in Over Haddon. She writes articles for the Peak Advertiser, our local ‘free paper‘, mainly about walks in the area but she has also done articles about dogs in the emergency services and more recently guide stoops. (Stone markers built in the 1700’s to guide walkers in the direction of the nearest market towns). She told us how she got involved in writing the articles and also brought along Alfie, her dog , who has accompanied her on many of the walks. A very entertaining evening and driving back in the dark was a reminder of the changing season.