Yes, I'm still alive :o). Sorry about my long absence, I was completely absorbed by the work on my next novel. But now, let's carry on with our trip through Essex/Suffolk/Cambridge. Today I'll take you with me to Anglesey Abbey, which is close to Cambridge.
Anglesey Abbey Gardens and Lode Mill angekommen und es galt sich zu sputen. Trotzdem wollten wir das Haus sehen, das mal einem Baron Fairhaven gehört hat. Also nichts wie rein.
We were rather late when we arrived at Anglesey Abbey Gardens and Lode Mill and so we had to hurry to see the house, which belonged to the first Baron Fairhaven.
Would I want to live in that house? Definitively not.
I found it rather spooky.
This was the only room I felt rather comfortable.
But nevertheless new ideas of another novel came into my mind in this house.
In earlier days the house was indeed an abbey, as you can see in the Dining room. But I'm not sure, that I could have enjoyed diner in such a place ... I would have expected to be served by a ghost... at least. The nice man, who told us more about Fairhaven and his home, said that Baron Fairhaven had always exactly at the same time his diner so that he could listen afterwards to the news. Even his guest had to accept this rule. Somehow this story reminded me to my grandfather, who also didn't want to be disturbed at the news time.
Meine Frage, wie denn der Herr Fairhaven zu seinem Reichtum gekommen war, wurde mit "Öl" beantwortet, was mir den Kerl gleich noch etwas unsympathischer machte. Mein Gesicht ist ja leider meistens ein offenes Buch, was meine Gefühle anbelangt, und so hat der nette Touristenführer gleich noch angefügt, dass Baron Fairhaven aber auch sehr viel Gutes mit seinem Geld getan hätte. Ahhhh, ja... das erklärt bestimmt auch die Jade-Sammlung :o).
I asked the volunteer, how Baron Fairhaven came to his money. I was told that it was with Oil. However, this didn't help to make me that man more sympathetic. As my feelings always can be read easily in my face, the volunteer said quickly, that Baron Fairhaven did also very good things with his money. Hmm... not so sure, when I remember the collection of jade.
I just love it. :o)
Of course the bunnies weren't real... otherwise I wouldn't have made a picture. :o) I guess, they should have fullfilled the picture of how it had looked in earlier days. The Baron enjoyed hunting and sometimes he shot his dinner on his own ground.
In some rooms it looked as if the servants have just left it.
Hätte ich in diesem unheimlichen Haus nächtigen müssen, wäre ich wohl in diesem süssen Gefährt einfach abgehauen.
If I had to stay over night in this spooky house, I would have run away in this sweet little lorry. :o)
From the outside the house really looked stunning. I don't know what exactly it was, that made me want to leave the house as soon as I walked in.
I felt much more comfortable in the Mill, which also belongs to the property. It is still producing flour, that the tourists can buy.
Next time I show you the garden of Anglesey Abbey.
Habt alle noch eine gute Woche. / Have a great week!