Happy Easter Monday…and what a happy week it’s been.
This week marked the little greedy sister’s birthday and so the whole family came to stay.
I enjoyed getting the house ready for our guests, decorating with an enthusiasm normally reserved for Christmas.
I found this March hare wrapping paper on notonthehighstreet.com.
Every birthday girl needs a cake and our Grandma Pierrepont’s chocolate cake recipe is hard to beat. The recipe will feature on the blog soon, along with one for some lemon and earl grey biscuits, which I cut into egg, lamb and bunny shapes.
Our very thoughtful parents had bought us our favourite chocolates ever, a selection from Joel Durand, a chocolatier based in St Remy de Provence. We first discovered his tiny shop when my sister was living in nearby Avignon and have raved about it ever since.
My sister had also made us all these wet felted little egg cosies, she will show you how on a future blog post.
We travelled to the village of Roecliffe for lunch at The Crown Inn, where we met with my in-laws. It was the perfect cosy venue for a stormy afternoon.
Today we visited Allerton Castle, a gothic revival stately home which has been lovingly renovated by Dr Rolph, who purchased the property in 1983.
We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour by Dr Rolph himself and it was absolutely fascinating. We even got to hear some of his antique music machine and peep inside the secret drawers of a magnificently carved writing bureau.
Although we were there for 2 hours we still only saw a fraction of the whole house so we would love to return for one of their full house tours which includes afternoon tea.
It’s now time to catch up on the final episode of The Night Manager, enjoy the rest of your bank holiday!