Friday, 8 July 2016

Five On Friday

I wish I could say that this week flew by and I had no idea where it went.  That wouldn't be true though.  The week did fly, but I know exactly where it went.  Paperwork!  The bane of my life.  I definitely need to get a better system in place.  I think I have a handle on it now though and going forward it should be easier - with a system!

I am now allocating a day a month in my diary planning just for paperwork so that should see me through in a much better way than doing it - or not doing it - on an ad hoc basis.

I am so sorry that I am so far behind with visiting your blogs and leaving comments.  I have been reading as much as I can though.  Between working and life I have just run out of time lately!  I hope that you will forgive me!

We had a lovely and relaxing weekend visiting family.  Over the weekend I did absolutely no crochet!!!  Really!  No crochet!!

I was also back at work which was wonderful after a couple of weeks off to get some of my own work done.  I really appreciate working for someone else where all I have to do is turn up and do my thing and I don't have any responsibility for anything.  It is a real rest!

On Monday I announced that it was my third blogaversary.  Can you believe it?  Three years!  I say that I am amazed at where each week goes, but I have no idea where three years went!!!!  I am holding a giveaway and if you would like to enter you still have time.  Go to the post here to see what you need to do to take part.

Thank you for your very kind comments about my blogaversary and for coming along and staying along on this journey with me.  I do so appreciate you and your support and I hope you know that!!

Tuesday was podcast day.  It was a shorter episode this week as I don't seem to have managed much crochet lately, although I had of course released two patterns since the previous episode so perhaps I had done a bit of work!  Thank you so much to those of you who have been purchasing patterns.  Just to clarify for those of you who are not "on" Ravelry, although that is where my patterns are hosted for sale you don't have to join Ravelry.  I will also be listing them on Etsy at some point in case that is easier for you.

The garden is coming long really well and we still have some lovely colour which is good as we have found that as the summer went on it had been lacking in previous years.  I haven't managed many garden posts this summer, so I will be catching up on that in the coming days.

Plans for this weekend?  Well, some crochet if I can because although I am "in the crochet business" time to actually crochet has been short this week and I have hardly done a thing.  Gardening, because the weeds are starting to take over in a few places.  I might also do some more pairing up of fabrics for some bag making next week.  Housework of course!  Perhaps a BBQ in the garden if the weather is nice.  That would be good wouldn't it.

Thank you for your kind comments about the Creative Blogger award I received.  I hope that some of you will take up the award for yourself and pass it on.

For those interested to read more about Pavlova read these posts here and here.  Next time I make one I will be sure to share it with you.  It tends to be a once a year kind of thing!

I think that sums up the week pretty well!

Time to move on to Five On Friday.

Unfortunately I have been so busy that I haven't had time to even think about a post for anything!  Terrible to admit, but true.  I considered just hosting this week and not posting myself - other than my ramble above - but I didn't want to do that.

It did remind me though that I need to remind you that there will be no Five On Friday during August.  We always take August off from Five On Friday as well as Christmas, New Year and Good Friday.  Just a few days, but it gives us a break and then we can come back refreshed.  I will remind you went it is the last post of July and give you the date for returning happy and refreshed again in September - with some reminders in August too!

So, back to the things that I do have to share with you today!  A few bits and pieces that I have been photographing on my phone while working at Basildon Park.

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The ceiling in the Dining Room







In the 18th Century the ceiling was the main area for decoration.  The ceiling at Basildon Park showed Adam's influence through the painted roundels.  These were by Theodore de Bruyn and depicted allegorical classical scenes.  The central wreath of acanthus leaves with cherubs was from Richardson's Book of Ceilings.

In the 19th century the ceiling roundels were changed by J B Papworth to a subject matter deemed more appropriate.  He had scenes painted from Dante's Divine Comedy.  The gilding was also added at this time.  These roundels were later sold to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

In the 20th Century the roundels were plain while Lord and Lady Iliffe owned the house.  Then in 1991 Alec Cobbe - married to one of Lady Iliffe's nieces and living in another National Trust house as a tenant - was commissioned to paint a new set of paintings for the roundels.  These are based on the roundels in the Music Room at Harewood House, which was also designed by John Carr, the architect of Basildon Park.  The feature three of the nine muses, Poetry, Tragedy and Comedy.

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More ceilings!  When I do tours visitors think I am obsessed with ceilings.  I'm not generally obsessed with them, but they are very interesting and tell great stories - as with the Dining Room that I already told you about!  These two pictures are of the Entrance Hall ceiling.


Below is the Green Drawing Room ceiling.  This is very unusual because it has the original 250 year old paint still on it, and only the original paint.  It has never been repainted.



This is the Octagon Room ceiling.  This is a drawing room.



Three


This notice was issued by Sir Frances Sykes, in 1837.  The Skyes family were the builders and first owners of Basildon Park.

Who was this mystery man that Henrietta was having a liaison with? Benjamin Disraeli no less - Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli!

Below is a wardrobe which is now at Basildon Park, but which was bought from Hughenden Manor by the National Trust.  Hughenden was Disraeli's home, and is also a National Trust property.

Sir Frances Sykes was not concerned about his wife's affair with Disraeli even though he was a prominent political figure.  However, later on her interests changed an artist and that caused Sykes great embarrassment so he issued this notice in the newspapers.

It is speculated that the character of Bill Sykes in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist was based on Sir Frances Sykes!


Four


The wardrobe shown above is in the Crimson Bedroom, which used to be a guest bedroom when Lord and Lady Iliffe owned the house.

The bed and other furniture came from a sale at Ashburnham Place in Sussex and cost £100.00.

It is believed that the bed was made for King William IV to sleep in at Ashburnham.  Sadly though he didn't ever sleep in the bed!





There is a video of the room on my you tube channel if you are interested in seeing it.


This rug was made by Lady Illife and was completed in 1956.  It represents flowers from the estate and is made in tapestry using very thick wool.




Five



At first glance you might think these two plates belong together.  In a way they do.  However, the plate above lives at Basildon Park and is part of the Sykes Dinner Service.  It was bought back to the house in the 1990' after being purchased at an auction.

This china is Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain and bears the crest of the Sykes Family.

The plate below looks very similar doesn't it.  The banding around the plate is identical and so is the shape of the plate.  The flowers also look similar and you can see a larger crest in the centre of the plate.  The plate is, again, Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain.

This plate lives in Boston in one of the historic buildings on the Freedom Trail.  The crest is not that of the Sykes Family.  I don't know who it would have belonged to.  This type of china was very popular and thousands of plates would have been made to order for different families.


Isn't it interesting how two things, so closely connected and yet different can be so near and yet so far apart.  As soon as I saw it in Boston I recognised it and had to take a photo.

So those are my five things this week from Basildon Park!  I hope that you enjoyed them, you know I always enjoy sharing these things with you.

Thank you for joining in today with your own posts, for your lovely comments to me here and all week long and for going and visiting the other participants.  We all appreciate it so much.

I hope that you have a great weekend whatever you are up to!

Amy

p.s.  Don't forget to go here to the blogaversary post to take part in the giveaway I am having!

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49 comments:

  1. Wonderful ceilings, it's always a pleasure to see Basildon Park. I don't know where the time has gone this week either, I was surprised to see it was Friday in fact! Don't worry about not having time for reading blogs. Life's the thing! I hope you have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

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  2. Life is certainly full isn't it Amy. Urghhh to paper work, totally agree, that and ironing and putting away the clothes are the bane of my life! Have a great weekend x

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    1. Ahhh! I've done it again, made a comment whilst logged in on my husband's blog, oops, sorry!

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  3. I always enjoy a tour of Basildon Park, it is on our list to visit but we don't seem to be getting out and about as much this year. Time is flying by. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Hi Amy, what lovely pictures of Basildon Park today. The ceilings are fantastic, and how interesting that those roundels have been painted differently several times. They do look gorgeous today. The Entrance ceilings I also love, all that delicate pink and gold is so delicious. Who would not love to rest in such a bed with crimson silk curtains, so luxurious, and sit before that cute dressing table and look into the lovely mirror. Happy weekend Amy. xx

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  5. Such a gorgeous post, Amy!
    Have a lovely, relaxing weekend! xx

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  6. In summer the days just fly by don't they? Loved visiting Basildon Park with you today, have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting 5 on Friday.

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  7. You amaze me with all you are accomplishing, Amy! Thank you for a very interesting FOF...the ceilings, velvet, handmade floral rug and history... I am going back to read again! Paperwork is not my favorite either. I hope you are able to catch your breath and have some rest this weekend :) xxxxxxxxx

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  8. Oh how I hate paperwork, thankfully OH has offered to do some of it for me. Love the ceilings, a lovely place to work

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  9. I seem to be plodding through life at the moment, rather like wrestling with blancmange and totally lacking in energy or inspiration. Wonderful photos of Bsildon Park, the rug made by Lady Illife is lovely:)

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  10. Oh, those ceilings! Such stunning detail. Enjoy your weekend. Hope you get to have that barbecue!

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  11. I was interested to read that Alec Cobbe painted the roundels as I have visited Hatchlands where he lives and has done a great job there. Lovely to hear all your news and see that things are going so well. Great to see BP, I really must pay it another visit. x

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  12. Such a pleasure to see your photos of Basildon Park. As you know I love seeing through your eyes Amy. The porcelain, the rug, the ceilings are all exquisite. Have you seen Alec Cobbe's handiwork at Hatchlands, the NT house near me of which he is a long-standing tenant. It has a real lived-in feel - the dining room occasionally smelling of roast beef on a Sunday afternoon! But the house interiors are beautiful with Adam ceilings, wonderful paintings all juxtaposed with lots of interesting everyday stuff. This year is speeding by, I would love to experience again that sense of the summer lasting for ever, as it used to do when I was very young. Have a great weekend. PS I really enjoyed your podcast this week and set it up to watch while I tackled a backlog of ironing - it sped by!

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    1. Yes, I have been a couple of times. He needs to still get his finished! It is nice that the house has a homely feel isn't it. Glad you like the podcast, thank you for watching!

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  13. I must get to Basildon Park one of these days Amy, it looks fabulous. Love the details in all the ceilings. Thanks for hosting. Do have a good weekend :)

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  14. Fabulous ceilings and I love the notice against his wife ... ouch!
    It must be really interesting being a tour guide in such a fabulous house.
    Have a great weekend and thank you for hosting this lovely blogshop - I'm looking forward to seeing other people's entries - it's a really nice way to round off a week. (I'm a newbie here).
    Fil @ Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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  15. Thanks for a beautifully pictured and worded post. I found it very interesting and you brought up a family name of my ancestors. Also thanks for our thanks from you and so glad you joined blogland. Have a good weekend and take care.

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  16. Wow how breathtaking it must ve been back (and still) in the day to glance up n see a ceiling like this. Beautiful.

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  17. I love Adam ceilings. I can quite understand your interest in them!

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  18. Lovely to see the house interiors and interesting bits of history, thanks for sharing. I used to enjoy visiting National Trust properties when in the UK, long time ago now. Have a great weekend and enjoy your crochet and garden. xcx

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  19. Basildon Park must be an amazing place to work. The ceilings are breath taking and make me wonder about the skilled crafts people who created them. I wonder what their lives were like? Have a good weekend Amy and I hope you have some time for crochet!

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  20. What a beautiful house! That must be a lovely place to work in. The no-Five-on-Friday thing in August works out perfectly for me as I'll be gone from July 22nd to Sept 9th. I'm not sure how much blogging I'll get done - hopefully I'll be off visiting some beautiful houses!

    Have a great weekend

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  21. Thanks so much for the quick tour of Basildon Park. You can show me ceilings anytime -- wow! Love the rug, too. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend (full of crochet)!

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  22. You work in such an interesting place, it must give inspiration to your creations.

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  23. Hi Amy, I found your post fascinating. I loved seeing the ceilings, furniture and plates. How I wish I could go back in time. Wishing you the best, Pat xx

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  24. That place looks so beautiful!! Maybe someday I can visit and see it in person ::sigh:: - a girl can dream, right? ;) And I'd have my own expert I could ask along as well (wink wink). Blessings on your weekend Sweetie!! xoxo

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  25. Hello Amy, HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY!! How exciting and I wish you many more years of blog happiness and success. Thanks for hosting the fun and have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  26. I enjoyed to see your photos of Basildon Park. What a beautiful old house with the gorgeous ceiling. I like the last two of plates too. Thank you for hosting Amy. I am the first to link today, and sorry for this late comment.Actually, Friday is the busiest day with my mother-in-law's care at home. She 96 has a weekly physical therapy and care giver on Friday.I am tied up with her schedule. I will be visiting others tomorrow! Now it is time to sleep. Happy day to you,Amy.

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  27. Ugh...paper work Glad you got a handle on it. Happy Blogiversary! Those ceilings are amazing. That adultery notice is something else. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Amy!

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  28. What a beautiful place ! Love the bed ! Very romantic !

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  29. Very interesting five this week. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and info. Hope your life settles down a little soon. Have a good weekend.

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  30. Happy Blogiversary!! I love your posts about Basildon Park. I was definitely born in the wrong era. That decor? Those ceilings? I love it all! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  31. All of the detail could be studied for ages! Amazing.
    Really? You didn't work on Happy Scrappy on Sunday? You must give her two hours of attention this weekend! Just kidding! Have fun and maybe enjoy a picnic!

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  32. Fascinating that so much of the story is on the ceiling. No wonder you are sharing the ceilings and I'm sure that those who tour appreciate your knowledge. I believe that such notices are still being done in some corners or, at least, until recently. Quite the soap opera quality to some of these old stories...

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  33. Basildon is so beautiful! This was an interesting post, especially the publicized article about the affair.

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  34. I love those ceilings! The notice about his wife was really interesting. Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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  35. So much history and beauty to see.
    Thank you for sharing Amy,
    Meredith

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  36. I love your tours of Basildon Park, I will get to visit the actual place one of these days x

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  37. The ceilings are amazing and interesting to think some people decorate them all ornately while others are left blank. Thanks for hosting.

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  38. What a glorious historic house! The ceilings are incredible and I love the furnishings as well. Very interesting info about the Sykes family, and especially that tidbit about that dalliance with Disraeli! Very cool post. Enjoyed it immensely!

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  39. I love the ceilings in houses such as BP, they really are stunning. The whole house is beautiful! Congratulations on your blogging anniversary and the Creative Blogger award! xx

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  40. Ceilings are such an important element in decor, and these ceilings are a stunning example of how dramatic they can be. It's too bad so few home builders do ceilings justice these days.

    Pavlova is one of my favorite desserts. I had an excellent one during my recent travels to Florida this past winter at a lovely tea shop and was inspired to make one, but all I've accomplished so far is pinning recipes :) I think what puts me off is it doesn't keep well. I would probably end up eating most of it to avoid throwing some away. lol

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  41. I know exactly what you mean about time running away with you when you work, I am the same, always behind in every aspect of my life ha! The more I see of Basildon Park, the more intriguing it seems, I love that advert and the Charles Dickens reference too - amazing and funny. I hope your weekend is going to plan, have a lovely day xx

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  42. Gorgeous interior pictures of beautiful Basildon Park, Amy. Such amazing ceilings! I send you loads of sympathy for the paperwork.....I so dislike doing it too! Wishing you a happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

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  43. Basildon Park is so pretty. I love touring old homes and I especially love looking at the magnificent ceilings. I have many pictures of them. Thanks for the tour and the anecdotes. Congratulations on the blogaversary. You reminded me that I too recently had my 3 year blogaversay. We began blogging almost at the same time.

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  44. You've had a busy time eh? Interesting ceilings, very intricate x

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  45. What a fun tour. I've recently been thinking about ceilings, ironically I suppose as a result of laying in the grass looking at clouds in the sky. Plain ceilings now seem like such a waste of fabulous space.

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  46. It;s funny how many things were made for royal visitors to use when they are supposed to visit and then they don't end going or stay elsewhere. Some of these households were nearly bankrupted when they did stay, sounds like a nightmare!
    Love the rug.
    Lisa x

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  47. Thanks for the tour! Love the ceilings.

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