For anyone else who is nowhere near getting a tree yet (as life just keeps getting in the way) can we just post last year’s?! 😬😉😘
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The Cotswold village of Little Badminton is located in high open countryside on the eastern boundary of South Gloucestershire just to the north of Great Badminton and lies within the Badminton Estate. There are expansive views towards distant woodland (see figures 1 to 3) to the north and west, whilst the extensive formal parkland of Badminton House adjoin the village to the east.
The village is located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Badminton Deer Park is listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.
Little Badminton has a rich archaeological heritage which includes the remains of a sunken medieval village and the probable site of a manor house complex with associated farm buildings and garden earthworks. Further evidence of the medieval village is provided by the survival of the medieval dovecote (Grade II* listed, see figure 4), probably the best early dovecote in the country.Badminton House (Grade I listed), dating from the 1600s, is the ancestral home of the Duke of Beaufort. Little Badminton appears to have been replanned as a result of one of the periodic extensions to Badminton Park. In medieval times the park (See figure 5) would have been used for hunting deer and hare as well as the raising of horses. Deer are still raised in the park although the Deer House (Grade II* listed), situated to the south east of Little Badminton, is now converted into a dwelling.
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Is your Christmas tree Real or Artificial? 🎄 Comment below! I'll send out the last of the mini English mince pies to a random few. And aye, it snowed in the north of England last night! Yorkshire, Cumbria and Derbyshire received piles of the lovely white fluffy stuff! ❄️ So to celebrate, let's head to Haworth in Yorkshire and this classic Wintery scene by @davez_uk
Talking of mince pies - they don't actually contain any meat these days, and haven't since the late 1800s. But back in 1500s they slapped in all sorts of gubbins. One name for them was the "Tarts of Flesh" which sounds absolutely disgusting especially as pie crusts were known as coffins! They used pre-boiled meat along with figs, raisins, wine, lard, pine kernels, cheese, honey and spices.
Because they were baked in a rectangular shape they were also associated with the manger and soon symbols of the baby Jesus were put on top. That stopped in the seventeenth century when the bah humbug Puritans kicked up a stink and said such symbols were 'idolatrous'... so the pies eventually became round, the meat was dropped and there were no more religious connections.
The Black Bull pub, pictured, sits at the top of Main Street, in front of the parish church where the Brontë sisters’ father Patrick was minister. This is the exact place Branwell Brontë drank much of his health away, sadly. No visit is complete without seeing The Brontë Parsonage Museum, which was home to authors Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë. And good news! A book written by Charlotte at the age of 14 will return home after being recently bought by the Bronte Society at auction in Paris. It was purchased for £512,970 ($680,000) after a fundraising campaign by the Brontë Society, which runs the museum.
Have a wonderful Sunday! No snow in Cheshire so I'm off to stick my head in the freezer. Lovely photo by @davez_uk 🇬🇧 To be featured, follow and tag us. ‘Ta! 🇬🇧
Nestled in beautiful Wales and one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, Cardiff has plenty of attitude. From amazing attractions to radical sports, it is the perfect destination for a city break. Here are some facts about Cardiff that might surprise you.
1. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the UK’s 11th largest city.
2. The city is visited by 18 million tourists every year.
3. It’s the 6th most booked city here at Citybase…
4. …and, according to Visit Britain, the 11th most visited city by international tourists in the UK.
5. In 2011, National Geographic ranked Cardiff the 6th alternative tourist destination in the world.
6. In 2009, Your Magazine voted Cardiff one of the top places to visit because of its attractions and how close they were to each other.
7. 10% of the population in Cardiff speaks Welsh as well as English. Great efforts have been made recently to preserve this language, which UN (United Nations) at some point considered endangered.
8. Cardiff was the first Fair Trade capital in the world.
9. The city has on average more hours of sunlight than Milan!
10. Cardiff is also known as the City of Arcades. It has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in Britain.
11. Principality Stadium has one of the largest sliding roofs in the world and is the second-largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof. It also currently uses falcons to scare off pigeons and small birds.
12. St David’s Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.
13. Cardiff claims to have more castles than any other city in the world. There are three still standing inside the city itself – Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch and St Fagans Castle – and there are a further 23 in the surrounding Glamorgan County.
14. The city has the oldest record store in the world. Spiller’s dates back to 1894 and it used to sell wax records for the newly invented phonograph!
15. Cardiff has more green spaces per person than any other UK core city.
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A month ago I bought a snow globe. A month ago my husband booked a cottage to surprise me. After 35 years even our thoughts intertwine. Through good times and bad . Children . Animals . Moves . Understanding our flaws. Kindness . Love is the foundation of all.
Happy Sunday! Welcome to another week of #simplecozynest! Christmas is less than two weeks away and we are enjoying all the Christmas inspiration. This week, Rachel @ourdevinehome got us right in the festive feels with her beautifully decorated Christmas tree and perfectly styled holiday corner! Her whole home is simple, cozy perfection! .
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Who is dreaming of long, warm evenings, soaking up the sunshine, enjoying a favourite drink or two outdoors while streaming their playlist into the courtyard? Well, our award winning holiday cottage could be just right for you! There are still some spring weeks remaining at The Old Wash House next year, and one school summer holiday week, too. Link in our bio 💚