'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

My brother was home for most of December - he now lives in New Zealand, along with my parents and my other brother and his family. It was great to see him and we actually got to spend some quality time together for a change. In fact, I saw him more in the three weeks he was here than I saw him in the past couple of years before he left!

One day, we went to visit Little Moreton Hall, a moated Tudor Manor in Cheshire. It was the only grey and drizzly day in December, which stopped us spending too much time in the maze garden, but it was fascinating. There was a display of a Christmas feast, with people in Medieval dress explaining everything to us, along with a sample of the meagre comparison a servant or farming family would have eaten, then a guy was playing Medieval musical instruments in the Great Hall, with everyone singing Christmas carols, which was excellent. In the Chapel there was a Storyteller, who enthralled us for half an hour or so - she was brilliant! Well worth a visit and I'd love to go again when the Gallery is open and we can have a good look around the gardens.

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