|Keith got a good shot of Princess Alexandra from where we were standing.|
|One of the tunes was an "Abba" medley!|
|View from the gates towards the front of the Hall. Our bedroom was on the top floor.|
|The fountain in the gardens to the side of the Hall.|
|Keith sitting in the gazebo closest to the woodland walks.|
|I took up a position at the other gazebo, from which you could gaze at either the hall itself or the magnificent surrounding landscape.|
|The Japanese urn here was probably as tall as me, since I am wearing heels in this photo!|
Regularly to be seen around the entrance to the hotel and in the grounds were several peacocks and peahens. The cocks seemed to roam about majestically together, as did the peahens - who also had chicks with them. Here are a couple of shots of the cocks which show their stunning beauty. They really do seem to proudly display their colours, whether showing their feathers or just strolling along!
We did lots of walking on this holiday and enjoyed a "Great Oak" walk in Sherwood Forest, some of these photos were taken on that walk - which leads you to the legendary Great oak Tree where Robin Hood supposedly met his merry men regularly. I will try to find a decent photo of that for a future post, but it was shored up with scaffolding and doesn't lend itself to being photographed very well.
|I really loved the textures and patterns in this ancient tree stump.|
Even when walking the woodland paths on the surrounding parkland of the estate, you got the feeling you were miles from anywhere, and the fields seemed to go on for miles. I particularly liked this view and the light shining through the leaves of the crops.
Taken on our last night at the hotel, this is one of my favourite shots - it looks like a magical old building with the lights burning from inside.
This is just a taster of the holiday - there were other things that I want to share, too, but as I have other things to talk about as well, I thought I'd split the holiday post and give you variety in your reading (if indeed you are still reading this by now!).