Tuesday we visited Knole Park and due to extensive building works concentrated on the newly restored building in the Orangery. In January 2010 the Orangery and adjoining rooms came under National Trust control, the project was to create a new visitors centre and open up the area.
A copy of the statue Pereus slaying Medusa which was originally in the Great Hall in Knole and was moved in about 1911 to the Orangery for storage where it is today.
Close op of Medusa's head
Window detail in this originally double story building.
More images of the restored Orangery.
Looking out onto the courtyard.
Courtyard seating looking towards the house still occupied by the Sackville family.
Finally outside in the magnificent grounds and trees which adorn the estate.
on Sunday we had a trip to Gads Hill Place in Rochester to take a look around Charles Dickens last house he lived in before he died.
Plaque on the front of the building.
Interesting talk given before tour of the house and gardens.
In the front garden is a gate leading down some steps and under the road to the "Wilderness" a piece of land that on which once stood the chalet were he did a lot of this work. The Chalet is now in Rochester High Street.
The garden was a bit sparse at this time of the year but I took this on the side of the building in the sunlight.
And a single rose hanging on before the winter loomed.
The conservatory on the side of the property was commissioned by Dickens and was just completed before he died.
Finally a hand pump in the garden, I wondered if it was ever used by him in his time at Gads Hill Place.
Unfortunately I was unable to take any pictures inside the building as it is at present still being used as a school. Soon in the future the building will be vacated and will be kept as museum opened up to the public.
Hi again folks,
just to complete our tour around the Old Forge War Time House.
Spot the modern unit in the kitchen.
Larder or safe used to keep food fresh, well sort of.
Back in the sitting room, Ducks must be getting tired now.
Something we don't have now as we rely on electricity for our entertainment.
Hands on, Margaret and Sue making a rag rug from sacking.
Bathroom not sure about the toilet, think its a bit later as is the radiator.
Anderson shelter in the garden.
Quick look inside, a bit basic don't you think.
Back upstairs in the bedroom this sewing machine was operated by foot power.
Typical bedroom furniture.
Lastly this lady was parading up and down the High Street to advertise the two day event at the house. This is to commemorate the start of World War One and is on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd of November from 10 am till 4 pm. British Legion Poppy Appeal on those days. Free entry.
well today we were taken to the Old Forge War Time House for a tour around this unique reconstruction of a house set in the second world war put on by the Sittingbourne Home Front Living Society.
I have set up two blogs to show what's inside this special place which will I'm sure spark memories of your childhood if you are of an age.
On entry you are greeted with wonderful artifacts from the past.
Our hostess for the tour in authentic dress.
Some original items on show.
View of the sitting room, loved the Ducks on the wall and the Canary in its cage.
On the table ready to go shopping.
Leaflets and cards of a bygone era.
Tucked in the corner a childs and babies gas masks together with other memorabilia of the age, note the babies bottle.
Into the kitchen with many names we remember on the shelf.
Lastly the kitchen itself in a clutter as it was at that time.
There you are just a taste, watch out for the next installment.
Thanks for looking.