Saturday, June 30, 2018


 Connections make such a difference to our experience of something. For me, especially, today's visit to Haddon Hall was very special, as it has played Thornfield in three adaptations of Jane Eyre. It is a familiar house to me, and a beloved one. To see it in real life was a moving experience. Here come a lot of photos; sorry.

The gatehouse
We enter just below the courtyard, and right away, it is familiar.

Bethany has watched all the Jane Eyre versions with me, though she can't make it through the book, and even Andrew recognised the rooms and garden.

The weather is so very 'hot' and dry, with no rain expected, so the gardens are struggling. Brown grass!

After leaving Haddon Hall, we went into Bakewell for lunch and a walk by the river. Andrew bought himself a bakewell pudding.

Ten years ago we stayed with Trish and Geoff, and they took us around for the most glorious day. This time, Geoff is in Australia (!), but Trish met us at Haddon Hall, and then had us over for dinner, with two more cousins, Jill and Tann.

Trish cooked up a storm, Tann made a spectacular trifle and chocolate cake, and Jill brought some fabulous cheeses (Stilton!), so we had a super delicious meal, but more importantly, we had a wonderful time with them. Great conversation, sitting in Trish's beautiful garden - family connections across the globe.

Oops, the only photo I have uploaded doesn't have Tann in it...
What a brilliant day!


  1. Wonderful day indeed! Trish looks fabulous and I haven’t seen Jill for years! Did you know I took her to Coonamble way back in the late 60’s? Can’t wait to hear all the details when you get home 😘😘😘

  2. Isn’t it the best when you realise a dream? Especially when it is just as good, if not better, than expected.

  3. Another great experience for you! So sad we wern't there, hope you gave Trish a hug for me!

  4. Mum, Jill told me about your trip to Coonamble! And Dad, I certainly did give Trish a hug you.

    1. Thanks, so glad you had such a good time with them all.

  5. Love the "trip into Haddon Hall". Another place I missed out on seeing.
    We were down the road at Ashford in the Water.
    It is looking very dry.