To keep Small amused on the walk, we played "leaf catching". I remember reading somewhere as a child that if you managed to catch a falling leaf - actually extraordinarily difficult - you'd have a lucky day. Eventually, he got one!
After our walk, we went to do the "Italian Connection" tour. This is part of the silver that one of the family members, who was the ambassador to Italy, brought back when he was, allegedly, bribed to give up his post in favour of some politician's relative. Talk about nepotism!
While the tour was enjoyable and informative - just right for Small who likes bite-sized bits of information - I did feel that we were rushed through like a herd of sheep. The guy who was giving the talk was knowledgeable about his topic, and a the beginning he handed out various illustrations of people/items he was talking about. He must have been clock watching though, as after a while he simply shoved the photos in our faces at lightning speed and that rather spoiled it. I wanted to tell him off.
The salary of the best paid servant. 35 guineas per annum. The lower housemaid, by contrast, earned a paltry 8 guineas, although that was apparently quite a good salary for the time.
The entrance to the outer courtyard at the back of the house.
A sculpture in the stables courtyard
And another one, plus foal, inside the stable block.
Attingham was gearing up for Christmas and this was the lovely tree in the stables courtyard.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and I loved the walled garden. There was plenty to see, and also many opportunities for discussion, learning and education. It was somewhat of a shame that more of the house wasn't open to see, but we made the best of what was available to us. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Attingham, do. It's well worth it.
Until next time. x