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photoblog image Boxing Day At Calke Abbey 1/2

Boxing Day At Calke Abbey 1/2

It was such a beautiful winters day where we live on Monday (Boxing Day) that we decided to visit nearby Calke Abbey (a National Trust property) for a walk and a snack in the tearoom.  The house, church and gardens are closed at this time of year but there are hundreds of acres of parkland to walk in and lots of other people had the same idea, although there was plenty of room for all. 

 

It gave me a good chance to take a view of the house without worrying about having lots of people around it, with just a few of the estates sizeable flock of sheep grazing where they would not be allowed during the summer months.

Boxing Day At Calke Abbey 1/2

It was such a beautiful winters day where we live on Monday (Boxing Day) that we decided to visit nearby Calke Abbey (a National Trust property) for a walk and a snack in the tearoom.  The house, church and gardens are closed at this time of year but there are hundreds of acres of parkland to walk in and lots of other people had the same idea, although there was plenty of room for all. 

 

It gave me a good chance to take a view of the house without worrying about having lots of people around it, with just a few of the estates sizeable flock of sheep grazing where they would not be allowed during the summer months.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Dec 2016, 01:13
Fine shot, Brian, and the sheep add to the scene.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
A very nice shot - especially for a winter's day!
Brian Walbey: It was what one would call a perfect English winters day, blue sky, a slight breeze and not too cold, the place was heaving with visitors but the grounds are so huge that nobody got in each others way.
With that shape of building some of those windows will struggle to see much sunlight Brain.
Brian Walbey: This is the south facing side, I guess the other side of the building never sees the Sun.
The sheep definitely add to this idyllic site, Brian. Good for you to get up and go!
Brian Walbey: The sheep are elsewhere on the estate outside of the winter months as this area is heaving with visitors when the house is open.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Dec 2016, 06:48
A very imposing structure indeed Brian. Nice place for a winter walk
Brian Walbey: Calke really is a fine place to visit, hundreds of acres of parkland, the house, the church, which I've shown before, and the wonderful walled garden, plus shop and two tearooms, a first time visitor would need all day to fit everything in.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Dec 2016, 07:23
The sheer would not want to be there in any case once the summer hordes arrive. I did consider calling into here on Tuesday on my way up north but instead went to Kedleston Hall; big mistake - the cafe was closed! (Well, I did know that beforehand smile )
Brian Walbey: The sheep are kept away from this area during the main parts of the season. Shame the tearoom was close, both tearooms at Calke were open and doing a lot of business.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Dec 2016, 07:26
Cropping the lawns and leaving manure behind. Great arrangement smile Love the light and shadows in this picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Louis. The sheep are moved elsewhere on the estate when the house is open to visitors in the main season.
It is a fine house and it is nice to have a wander when there is nobody much about
Brian Walbey: We really enjoy everything about Calke, there is so much more than just the house to see. The place was heaving with people yet nobody got in other peoples way, most were enjoying a family walk in the lovely weather. I took very little time for us to bet served in one of the tearooms for a snack lunch.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Dec 2016, 08:27
an impressive castle- I love the shadow. The sheep are hardy beings.
Brian Walbey: Calke is only about 20 minutes from us and is very popular throughout the district. It was such a lovely Boxing Day hundreds of people were there enjoying family walks but it is such a large place nobody was getting in anybody else's way.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 30 Dec 2016, 09:07
Excellent time to visit, Brian
Brian Walbey: Boxing Day was so lovely round this way and were just two of hundreds who converged on Calke for a post Christmas Day walk in the fresh air. Mind you Calke is such a vast area no one area was ever crowded out, including the two tearooms.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 30 Dec 2016, 09:23
C'est sympa avec les moutons devant.
Brian Walbey: During the summer season when the house is open the sheep are moved to other areas of the state away from the visitors.
What an immense building. The sheep look tiny with it.
Brian Walbey: A very grand country house now owned by our National Trust. The sheep will be moved once the season for opening the house is upon us to areas away from visitors.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Dec 2016, 17:09
What a grand view and I love those sheep in front of the house. what a place to live.
Brian Walbey: I can't imagine what it must be like to live in a big house like this, no wonder they needed loads of servants.

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