Quote of the Post
My friend Jean, in Oz, sent me a long list of one liners so I'm going to add one at the start of each post until they run out.
"Start every day with a smile and get it over with"....
( W.C.Fields American comedian 1880-1946)
We had another great day out today when we visited Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe for the Craft Fair and Farmers Market. We love going to this part of Lancashire, it's an English gem with lots of lovely places to visit and lush green, beautiful, countryside.
We were lucky to meet up with yet another member of WOYWW, Lynn of oneimadeearliertodayblog who had a stand selling her fabulously quirky Doodly Birds on a range of handmade craft items.
Doodly Birds with Lynn and Jo
When I saw Lynn I held up my handbag and asked if she liked it...... "Oh yes", she said, "I do", wondering who was this strange woman and not realising it was me. When she saw the WOYWW badge on my bag she shouted "Oh! It's YOoooU"!!!!! and we both burst into laughter.
So good to meet up with another really lovely member of the group in this lovely venue...
Before long we were joined by Carol of CarolCs stuff blog
We all got along so well and it was really special to meet someone I felt I already knew.
Jo, Lynn, Carol and the Doodly Birds
DH and I had a stroll in the beautiful grounds of the hall
and around the lake
I loved the old boathouse....
After we'd been around the stands at the fair we took the rare opportunity to visit nearby Stonyhurst College, which is open only at weekends, only at the end of the academic year and out of term time, for just four weekends per year. I've wanted to get there for a few years!
It's a public school and many famous people have graced it's stately portals, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes books) and Charles Laughton (an early English film star). Also Titus Oates the renegade priest responsible for the Popish Plot in 1678.
Cromwell stayed there too when he travelled North for the Battle of Preston in 1715 and we saw the long table where he slept in full armour ready for action!
You'd certainly need to be rich to send your children here and whilst it started off as a boys college it now takes girls too and it has every modern facility within it's ancient walls!
The early parts of the college date back to the days of Elizabeth 1st and whilst the guided tour was fascinating we were not allowed to take photos.
I risked it for Carol as she was especially interested as one of her great, great, great grandfathers was a tailor who made these special uniforms for the boys of the college. The breeches were made of soft chamois leather!
A superb meal in the Waddington Arms (in Waddington Village) ended a perfect and very interesting day out.