|Calke Abbey: inspiration lies around every corner.|
The weather is forbidding today, to say the least: not hazardous, but as uninviting as non-dangerous weather gets.
So I've elected to do a bit of time-travelling in the footsteps of Hidden Daughter's Penny, I'm now in last Friday, in Calke Abbey:
|The anatomy of a country house revealed|
Calke Abbey is an extraordinary place - a once well appointed country home which fell into slow, graceful decline in the 1920s, leaving entire sections of the house untouched for years.
|Stored in the rafters, |
ready for the next season of boating
that never came to pass.
What you get is a sense of the parlour state many forgotten country houses were left in, before they fell under the wrecking ball after WWII.
The result is a place unlike anywhere else I've seen.
If you want to start a story, you'll find a thousand places and a thousand ways to begin at Calke.
With it's fractured past, and secret world within our world, Hidden Daughter is one of those stories.
I feel very fortunate to be inspired by this strangely beautiful place.