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