It was a cold, sunny, bright day, with frost still on the ground when we decided to go to Upton House's Christmas fair. Down the long avenue we walked, the house barely visible at the end.
The stalls had been set out in front of the house
memorabilia from WWII
and hot drinks.
Some of the visitors had dressed appropriately for the occasion.
We moved on to the squash court
where the vintage stall was the best we'd seen so far
I really liked these two handbags/boxes from the 1950s
They were also selling clothes and shoes.
There was a hat stall
that also sold fascinators.
It was time to walk around the grounds. The great lawn that leads from
to the ha-ha.
Beyond these trees
is one of my favourite views on this property.
We took the path that leads down to the mirror pool
and reached the Tibetan Cherry trees - their bark has not started peeling off yet, but in a few weeks' time they will look spectacular
The mirror pool did not look its best. They've had to drain most of the water off, and it looked a bit sorry for itself
ice on the edges of the water
the vegetable garden was bare.
We walked along the pool on ground that was still covered with frost
The dogwood is at its best when the sun is shining.
We reached another pool
were disappointed that the bog garden was closed to visitors
and took the path that leads back to the house.
So many shades of green when the sun is shining!
We did not hold out much hope about lunch because of the crowds, and we were right: the restaurant was packed
and the queue for hot food by the stalls was very long
So we gave up and walked through the woods back to the car park and home for some lunch.