A sunny Bank Holiday means you have to go out somewhere. Right? Well, to be honest, I'm often tempted to stay home for fear of everywhere being over-crowded, but here I am out and about, risking the crowds and finding peace and quiet at Chatsworth.
We went on Saturday, which turned out to be the best day of the weekend, though there was a minute or two when we thought we felt rain.
Dylan the dog came along too and tried to get in the mood by copying this statue's stance.
Some of the grassed areas still looked a little dry from the heatwave, but the dahlias in the kitchen garden were flowering abundantly.
You'd expect after so many years of visiting there'd be nothing new to see, but this area has been newly planted this year. Previously it was mainly grass, now it's a riot of purples and pinks, dotted with ornamental grasses and bamboo.
Later in the day, we headed out again - this time nearer to home, to Locko Park for a quiet walk beside the lake.
A re-enactment event was taking place elsewhere in the grounds, hundreds of tents were pitched and we saw a few people walking about dressed in costume, but it seemed to be a private affair, not open to the public. A shame really as it might have been fun.