Have you remembered it’s Mary Stewart Reading Week this week? I hope to have a review of Stormy Petrel for you later in the week, but today I wanted to share some pictures I took on Saturday.
We drove up to Cragside near Rothbury in Northumberland as they were offering free admission as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. We had been before but not for a long time and as there’s so much to see there we thought it would be worth going again. Cragside was built in 1863 and was the home of the Victorian engineer Lord William George Armstrong. It was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, generated by water from the lakes on the estate.
This is the view of the house from the Iron Bridge at the bottom of the rock garden:
Another view of the house surrounded by trees:
A carving inspired by the mythical Green Man:
Lord Armstrong’s Billiard Room:
The study (the globe on the left is an art installation forming part of an exhibition):
Sorry about the quality of the interior pictures; the rooms aren’t very brightly lit and I haven’t mastered the settings on my new camera yet.
Did you do anything interesting at the weekend?