Wow - June and July have skipped by - what busy months but very enjoyable - we ve had some lovely guests and enjoyed their company very much - thank you !
Now heading into August we have Bakewell Show starting tomorrow for two days - look for the Bakewell Brownie stand ( usually near the entrance) if you love chocolate - locally made, rich, naughty & delicous - the show has all you d expect from an country show - food, stalls, animals,flowers and rides etc ,
Chatsworth country fair 4th - 6th Sept with a display by the incredible Red Arrows on Sunday. A 3 day event with horses, dogs, ferret racing, birds of prey , country pursuits, activities, food, home and garden products incl gazebo', plants , displays and finishing with a mass balloon lift off - and not least of all, Mary Berry cookery class again. I met her last year at the book signing, she is a legend and full of energy!
Last Sunday I visited Chatsworth gardens with Abi ( daughter ) and as always we spent most of our time in the kitchen gardens - I was green with envy !!
Lovely to spot the memorial in honour of the Dowager Duchess Deborah Devonshire - a small heart shaped mandale stone plaque beautifully understated and simple, very apt, Deborah Devonshire was inspired to have the garden created many years ago and I m sure, visited regularly. Its a gardener's delight with lots of flowers grown for cutting, vegetables, grape vines, green houses and so much insect life and bee's!
A brass band played by the rose gardens throughout the day in the warm sun sunshine - just lovely!
We ve had some amazing sunsets last month - see photos