After our breakfast, we had a wander around Shireoakes Hall which as you can see is in a very derelict state. I don't know if it is beyond repair - I hope not. This area in North Notts is known as "The Dukeries" so called because it contained 4 ducal seats close to each other. As well as the big houses, there are literaly dozens of other huge houses - some still lived in, others in ruin dotted around the area. When we are in France, we always notice how many Chateaux there are, we tend not to see whats under our nose here on our doorstep. This place would be great to live in. It has a huge walled garden that I could play in every day. It also has 2 wonderful French looking barns that Mum decided we could convert to house her ( I would never have to do any ironing ever again!! Worth thinking about!!). Fingers crossed for a lottery win.
The house has several fishing lakes surrounding it. All the geese were paired up and swimming around with their goslings. We spotted 3 families and I got as close as I dared. The babies were fluffy and gawky and comical to watch.
We then moved on to Welbeck where we had another walk, and more food, and dodged more showers. I think I wore her out - but we had a great day.
** Edited to add that Mum is not moving house - we were just "imagining" *****