Thank you for visiting. Hasn't the week flown by again! As it's Friday we're linking up with Amy to find out what everyone else has been up to.
This week I'm going to share our visit to Killerton Park and Gardens, a National Trust property not far from Exeter.
One - The Chapel
Heading up the hill in the fog, the purple stoned chapel appeared monumentally in the distance as the sun finally broke through.
Inside the pews face each other unusually and the stained glass shines out.
Two - The Quarry
Continuing to follow the path, you arrive at a quarry. This is the site of an extinct volcano, active 285 million years ago, which contains Permian basalt-like rocks including lamprophyres which are considered to be lava flows and are harder than the red sandstone, creating the hill. The rock has been quarried to make the chapel and used for other building projects on the land. It was great to look around the base of the quarry to see all the fungi and seeds heads.
Three - The Clump
Carrying on to the top of the hill called The Clump, you can see the wonderful views over the countryside below. This was the site of Dolbury Iron Age Hillfort dated to 600 BC. The trees were planted later but it still looks impressive and you can see why they would build it so high up on the hill.
We spent a good couple of hours exploring the grounds before we even saw the house!
Four - The House
Owned by the Acland family, the 18th Century house was built in 6,400 acres as a temporary house whilst a grander one was going to be built. This fell through and the temporary one is the house you see today. It's the sort of place you could live in, spacious and comfortable. The top floor has been taken over by a fashion exhibition.
Five - The Laundry
The laundry building was in the grounds, a couple of rooms displaying all the mod cons of the time!
Have a good week.