I've taken lots and LOTS of pictures (I'm ashamed to tell you how many). And now I'd love to share some of them with you.
As it was, I managed to tear myself away and set out to explore. More about that in my next post, but for now I’ll just say that I had to visit Lady Catherine’s abode again (Rosings 1995 & 2005 are both within very easy distance).
In actual fact, the turtledoves ornament was added after the Regency period as a delicate attention to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who had come to stay at Burghley shortly after their marriage. Still, it’s a wood carving, not a crinoline or goodness knows what other Victorian contraption, so it’s not too much of a stretch to think that it might have been fashioned a few decades earlier. After all, what’s life without whimsy, and WIPs without some artistic licence?
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely summer!