Although it was windy we walked around the garden at Chatsworth, I was particularly smitten with the cold frames - Dave less so as I thought they were just what we needed here at Hill Farm and he feared another project coming on!
There is a fascinating exhibition on at Chatsworth (until October) called 'Chatsworth Renewed' which documents their massive £32 million restoration project, told in the words of those who worked on it. There were also lots of lambs including this pair who decided to stop the traffic by having a feed from mum in the middle of the road!
Ironing this vintage tablecloth today (which I think dates from the 1950's) I'm struck again by how pretty it is with its design of fruits and nuts on such a lovely Hill Farm Blue background. I wish I knew more about it.
Today we have guests here celebrating their wedding anniversary - starting with afternoon tea and by special request Bakewell Tart. Other members of their family are joining them and it's a great excuse to get out my special china.
We (and this is the royal 'we') have finally got round to planting the potatoes and onions (I did pass them to Dave though!) Looking back at my old diaries I see that we undertook the same job on almost the same date in 2015 so things aren't as late this year as I'd imagined.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email advertising 72 plug plants of lavender at an incredibly cheap price, supposed to be shipped at the end of April they arrived today! Now carefully planted out I just have to keep them alive until the Somersal Herbert fete at the end of July!