This weekend wasn't as nice as last, we had a slight covering of snow on Saturday, and Sunday was just damp and miserable for most of the day, so we were looking for somewhere indoors to visit, maybe with a christmassy feel to it. We've already been to see Chatsworth this year and a lot of places don't display their Christmas finery till December, so we decided to head to Hardwick Hall. We were a bit cautious as last time we visited at Christmas we nearly got snowed in, and had a dreadful journey home!The festive mood starts as you approach the house with icy skeletal trees lining the path, and festive garlands of evergreens and baubles decorating the windows.
Inside, the decorations were based around Christmas carols and songs. In the huge entrance hall Herald Angels were singing on a table long enough for a banquet, over-looked by two enormous Christmas trees.
Walking round, we spotted ...
Three Ships Come Sailing In
Rudolph, an extremely old (3000 years) red-nosed reindeer
We Three Kings
Santa getting stuck in a chimney.
Dreaming of a White Christmas
This was my favourite though - Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Snow-covered trees and an icy lake on the table,
and wild animals silhouetted against a wintry backdrop
The house tour finished in the kitchens which were laid out with festive food, but the decorations continued in the gardens, though with cold drizzle falling, we decided it was too unpleasant to wander round outside. Maybe I'll have chance to get back one fine day before Christmas ...