Our 35th Wedding Anniversary! Robust indeed. We treated ourselves to some new technology which we can’t make head or tail of. Android TVs?? Faster computers — 4G? BlueRay… My brain it seems has been superceded. Technology outstrips us so frequently these days — but I am not quite ready to give up — yet. So it may take me a while to figure this out and then I will find that nobody even missed me and that will be a depressing reminder of my great unimportance.

Seaton Delaval Hall was a new discovery this Summer on our doorstep!

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It was the family seat of the ‘gay Delavals’ so called because of their lavish parties during which they would surprise guests by jumping out from turret rooms (which were disguised as corners by wooden doors) often in costume — ghosts/fairies according to season. The menus were hillarious. Such things as invisible greens and leg of nothing or something fishy or body and sole πŸ™‚
The line died out and the house burnt down but was saved by John Dobson’s scaffolding and is now in the possession of the National Trust.
Why visit? Apart from the impressive ruins there are statues

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAspiral stairwells, balconies, cellars with GHOSTS πŸ™‚ WhaHa!

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A three hundred year old Willow Tree, gardens Hug but don’t swing!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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and the lovely old Norman, Church of Our Lady. Yes 11th Century.

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Inside the house there are family portraits and treasures. A leather bag that belonged to Cardianl Wolsey, a pair of gloves made by the hand of Elizabeth I, The Fairfax Jewel — which is beautifully crafted with battle scenes and belonged of course to Lord Fairfax. And who was it said…

Oh Lord Thou knowest
how busy I must be today.
If I forget Thee,
do not Thou forget me.

Yes I thought I knew too! Well I didn’t! It was one of the Delavals — Sir Jacob Astley — before the battle of Edgehill 1642. There’s a lot to learn at Seaton Delaval Hall. Go and see for yourself.

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Now on a different note:

The Linnet’s Wings Summer 2015 is up now with lots of great stories, artwork and poetry. Check it out. Buy a copy. Send us something for our Winter Issue — Autumn is already full πŸ™‚