Dressing For Christmas!

TrumpetersNicola here. Every year as Christmas approaches, I try to visit one of my favourite stately homes to see it “dressed” for Christmas. This is an official term, apparently, and involves a lot of decorating which puts my own Christmas tree and lights to shame! (For a start, I don't have four model trumpeters outside my house to welcome visitors!) It hasn’t been possible to keep this visiting tradition going during the pandemic, so this year it was a real treat to be able to go to Beaulieu in the New Forest and enjoy some spectacular decorations that totally put me in the Christmas mood.

Beaulieu is probably best known for its famous Motor Museum and whilst I did pop in to have a look at an Aston Martin or two (there was a James Bond exhibition on) my main interest was in the ruins of the abbey and Beaulieu Palace itself.

There isn’t much left of the abbey, once the largest Cistercian building in England. The ruins are rather atmospheric Abbey though. Like so many other monastic buildings, the abbey’s downfall came in 1538 with Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries when it was sold into private hands and much of the stone was taken away and used for other building projects. It’s still possible to see the scale of the whole estate and imagine it surrounded by a 12 foot high wall that stretched for a mile, with the great gatehouse (which still stands) and the river and quay where boats would unload their supplies.

 

Beaulieu palaceThe Palace is an interesting mix of 13th century elements from the original monastic building and 19th century Scottish baronial style modernisation. I loved finding lots of little bits of the “old” stuff incorporated into the later building, archways and alcoves and secret stairs! I also loved that Lord Montagu of Beaulieu had written the guide book and interpretation panels himself and so they incorporated personal touches and family details that made the whole experience feel very warm and friendly. Plus the staff were absolutely lovely!

 

A couple of the personal stories I really enjoyed – there was a display of the suit worn by the 10 year old Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu, at the coronation of King Gallery George VI in 1937. The ensemble contained a black velvet bag which had held sandwiches to sustain him through the long ceremony!  And a rather splendid portrait of the Georgian Isabella, Countess Beaulieu, described how she would take breakfast with her parrot, monkey and lapdog, and took her sister to court to contest their father’s will. The two daughters, never of good terms, became greater and greater rivals, trying to gain various titles for their rival branches of the family. There’s definitely a book in that…

Library with treeIn the kitchen there was a blackboard with the Christmas menu from 1898. There were shirred eggs (otherwise known as baked eggs) for breakfast, followed by ham, duck, trifle and Christmas cake for lunch, and a dinner that included oysters, fried smelts with tartare sauce, turkey, pheasant, partridge and salmon, followed by plum pudding and cheese with port! I don’t know about Lord and Lady Montagu but I would not have been able to eat for several days after that feast!

The Christmas decorations in the palace were captivating. I loved the trumpeters welcoming you at the door, and inside there were open fires and lights twinkling and gorgeously decorated trees. It was a gloomy day outside so it made the interior feel even more warm and lovely. However I did manage a brisk walk around the grounds to keep the chill away and later had the fun of riding on the monorail and seeing the entire site from above which was great!

As if that weren’t enough, we were staying just down the river in the village of Buckler’s Hard, where Navy ships were built during Nelson’s era. Buckler’s Beaulieu christmans tree Hard has a timeless feel to it and it was entirely possible to sit on the quay and marvel at the thought of enormous warships being constructed there in what now feels like a pretty little backwater. Our cottage had been converted from the Duke’s Bath House, which was built in 1760 for John, Marquis of Monthermer who suffered from arthritis. As we know from Georgian and Regency novels, salt water was considered to be a very beneficial cure and there was a tidal pool created in the cottage garden which filled with water from the river where the family could bathe. To be honest the water in there looked pretty unpleasant – even Angus wasn’t that keen to go in it! However, our gorgeous little cottage had its own Christmas decorations so all in all it was a festive visit!

Do you "dress" your home for Christmas? Have you ever visited anywhere with particularly special decorations? And will you be having turkey, pheasant, partridge and salmon on your Christmas menu?!

 

105 thoughts on “Dressing For Christmas!”

  1. Oh my! I have just done a virtual visit and it is absolutely stunning. Thank you, Linda. I love being able to “see” all these wonderful places!

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  2. Oh my! I have just done a virtual visit and it is absolutely stunning. Thank you, Linda. I love being able to “see” all these wonderful places!

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  3. Oh my! I have just done a virtual visit and it is absolutely stunning. Thank you, Linda. I love being able to “see” all these wonderful places!

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  4. Oh my! I have just done a virtual visit and it is absolutely stunning. Thank you, Linda. I love being able to “see” all these wonderful places!

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  5. Oh my! I have just done a virtual visit and it is absolutely stunning. Thank you, Linda. I love being able to “see” all these wonderful places!

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  6. We don’t go crazy about decorations. I’ve collected ornaments over the years and still enjoy putting up a tree and a wreath. If we have guests coming, I’ll channel my mother and deck the halls to the nines!

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  7. We don’t go crazy about decorations. I’ve collected ornaments over the years and still enjoy putting up a tree and a wreath. If we have guests coming, I’ll channel my mother and deck the halls to the nines!

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  8. We don’t go crazy about decorations. I’ve collected ornaments over the years and still enjoy putting up a tree and a wreath. If we have guests coming, I’ll channel my mother and deck the halls to the nines!

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  9. We don’t go crazy about decorations. I’ve collected ornaments over the years and still enjoy putting up a tree and a wreath. If we have guests coming, I’ll channel my mother and deck the halls to the nines!

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  10. We don’t go crazy about decorations. I’ve collected ornaments over the years and still enjoy putting up a tree and a wreath. If we have guests coming, I’ll channel my mother and deck the halls to the nines!

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  11. What a wonderful post and a lovely visit for you, Nicola!
    We decorate a Christmas tree and hang a metal angel wreath that gets decorated with holiday cards as they arrive.
    We’ve decided to have bagels and lox for breakfast on Christmas day, so it turns out that salmon is indeed on our menu. The pheasant and partridge will likely have to wait for another lifetime, but we might have turkey at the new year.
    Happy holidays!

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  12. What a wonderful post and a lovely visit for you, Nicola!
    We decorate a Christmas tree and hang a metal angel wreath that gets decorated with holiday cards as they arrive.
    We’ve decided to have bagels and lox for breakfast on Christmas day, so it turns out that salmon is indeed on our menu. The pheasant and partridge will likely have to wait for another lifetime, but we might have turkey at the new year.
    Happy holidays!

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  13. What a wonderful post and a lovely visit for you, Nicola!
    We decorate a Christmas tree and hang a metal angel wreath that gets decorated with holiday cards as they arrive.
    We’ve decided to have bagels and lox for breakfast on Christmas day, so it turns out that salmon is indeed on our menu. The pheasant and partridge will likely have to wait for another lifetime, but we might have turkey at the new year.
    Happy holidays!

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  14. What a wonderful post and a lovely visit for you, Nicola!
    We decorate a Christmas tree and hang a metal angel wreath that gets decorated with holiday cards as they arrive.
    We’ve decided to have bagels and lox for breakfast on Christmas day, so it turns out that salmon is indeed on our menu. The pheasant and partridge will likely have to wait for another lifetime, but we might have turkey at the new year.
    Happy holidays!

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  15. What a wonderful post and a lovely visit for you, Nicola!
    We decorate a Christmas tree and hang a metal angel wreath that gets decorated with holiday cards as they arrive.
    We’ve decided to have bagels and lox for breakfast on Christmas day, so it turns out that salmon is indeed on our menu. The pheasant and partridge will likely have to wait for another lifetime, but we might have turkey at the new year.
    Happy holidays!

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  16. I loved this post! I love Christmas! I always decorate and for years my Dad would give us Santa’s so they’re all over the house. I also have many fairy & Tinkerbelle ornaments. I’d like to go visit some of the big estates one year. I’m sure it would be amazing. I have been on some of the neighborhood Christmas Tree Lanes with all the lights. So fun – especially when it’s a walking night with no cars.

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  17. I loved this post! I love Christmas! I always decorate and for years my Dad would give us Santa’s so they’re all over the house. I also have many fairy & Tinkerbelle ornaments. I’d like to go visit some of the big estates one year. I’m sure it would be amazing. I have been on some of the neighborhood Christmas Tree Lanes with all the lights. So fun – especially when it’s a walking night with no cars.

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  18. I loved this post! I love Christmas! I always decorate and for years my Dad would give us Santa’s so they’re all over the house. I also have many fairy & Tinkerbelle ornaments. I’d like to go visit some of the big estates one year. I’m sure it would be amazing. I have been on some of the neighborhood Christmas Tree Lanes with all the lights. So fun – especially when it’s a walking night with no cars.

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  19. I loved this post! I love Christmas! I always decorate and for years my Dad would give us Santa’s so they’re all over the house. I also have many fairy & Tinkerbelle ornaments. I’d like to go visit some of the big estates one year. I’m sure it would be amazing. I have been on some of the neighborhood Christmas Tree Lanes with all the lights. So fun – especially when it’s a walking night with no cars.

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  20. I loved this post! I love Christmas! I always decorate and for years my Dad would give us Santa’s so they’re all over the house. I also have many fairy & Tinkerbelle ornaments. I’d like to go visit some of the big estates one year. I’m sure it would be amazing. I have been on some of the neighborhood Christmas Tree Lanes with all the lights. So fun – especially when it’s a walking night with no cars.

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  21. Lovely blog, Nicola. I would love to see some of these stately homes and ancient buildings dressed for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights and the smell of a real Christmas tree..
    I usually put up decorations and bring out my ornaments, and sometimes I’ll make a fresh wreath, but this year, all my Christmas gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, so, I haven’t bothered. Just a bowl of cherries on the table — which I do every year, Christmas being cherry season in Australia — and a bunch of fresh greens and flowers. Like Pamela, it seems I only decorate for visitors. *g*

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  22. Lovely blog, Nicola. I would love to see some of these stately homes and ancient buildings dressed for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights and the smell of a real Christmas tree..
    I usually put up decorations and bring out my ornaments, and sometimes I’ll make a fresh wreath, but this year, all my Christmas gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, so, I haven’t bothered. Just a bowl of cherries on the table — which I do every year, Christmas being cherry season in Australia — and a bunch of fresh greens and flowers. Like Pamela, it seems I only decorate for visitors. *g*

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  23. Lovely blog, Nicola. I would love to see some of these stately homes and ancient buildings dressed for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights and the smell of a real Christmas tree..
    I usually put up decorations and bring out my ornaments, and sometimes I’ll make a fresh wreath, but this year, all my Christmas gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, so, I haven’t bothered. Just a bowl of cherries on the table — which I do every year, Christmas being cherry season in Australia — and a bunch of fresh greens and flowers. Like Pamela, it seems I only decorate for visitors. *g*

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  24. Lovely blog, Nicola. I would love to see some of these stately homes and ancient buildings dressed for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights and the smell of a real Christmas tree..
    I usually put up decorations and bring out my ornaments, and sometimes I’ll make a fresh wreath, but this year, all my Christmas gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, so, I haven’t bothered. Just a bowl of cherries on the table — which I do every year, Christmas being cherry season in Australia — and a bunch of fresh greens and flowers. Like Pamela, it seems I only decorate for visitors. *g*

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  25. Lovely blog, Nicola. I would love to see some of these stately homes and ancient buildings dressed for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights and the smell of a real Christmas tree..
    I usually put up decorations and bring out my ornaments, and sometimes I’ll make a fresh wreath, but this year, all my Christmas gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, so, I haven’t bothered. Just a bowl of cherries on the table — which I do every year, Christmas being cherry season in Australia — and a bunch of fresh greens and flowers. Like Pamela, it seems I only decorate for visitors. *g*

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  26. Kareni, the metal angel wreath sounds beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that you are continuing the tradition of salmon on Christmas Day! Have a lovey festive season!

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  27. Kareni, the metal angel wreath sounds beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that you are continuing the tradition of salmon on Christmas Day! Have a lovey festive season!

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  28. Kareni, the metal angel wreath sounds beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that you are continuing the tradition of salmon on Christmas Day! Have a lovey festive season!

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  29. Kareni, the metal angel wreath sounds beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that you are continuing the tradition of salmon on Christmas Day! Have a lovey festive season!

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  30. Kareni, the metal angel wreath sounds beautiful! And I’m so glad to hear that you are continuing the tradition of salmon on Christmas Day! Have a lovey festive season!

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  31. Hi Jeanne! Thank you, I’m so happy you liked the post. How wonderful to have amassed such a great collection of ornaments to decorate with. And aren’t Christmas lights so lovely – very cheering and hopeful in the darkness!

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  32. Hi Jeanne! Thank you, I’m so happy you liked the post. How wonderful to have amassed such a great collection of ornaments to decorate with. And aren’t Christmas lights so lovely – very cheering and hopeful in the darkness!

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  33. Hi Jeanne! Thank you, I’m so happy you liked the post. How wonderful to have amassed such a great collection of ornaments to decorate with. And aren’t Christmas lights so lovely – very cheering and hopeful in the darkness!

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  34. Hi Jeanne! Thank you, I’m so happy you liked the post. How wonderful to have amassed such a great collection of ornaments to decorate with. And aren’t Christmas lights so lovely – very cheering and hopeful in the darkness!

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  35. Hi Jeanne! Thank you, I’m so happy you liked the post. How wonderful to have amassed such a great collection of ornaments to decorate with. And aren’t Christmas lights so lovely – very cheering and hopeful in the darkness!

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  36. Oh yes, the Christmas tree smell! The scents of Christmas are wonderful. Thank you for giving us the summer take on Christmas, Anne. It’s lovely to think of cherries and fresh flowers marking the occasion!

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  37. Oh yes, the Christmas tree smell! The scents of Christmas are wonderful. Thank you for giving us the summer take on Christmas, Anne. It’s lovely to think of cherries and fresh flowers marking the occasion!

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  38. Oh yes, the Christmas tree smell! The scents of Christmas are wonderful. Thank you for giving us the summer take on Christmas, Anne. It’s lovely to think of cherries and fresh flowers marking the occasion!

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  39. Oh yes, the Christmas tree smell! The scents of Christmas are wonderful. Thank you for giving us the summer take on Christmas, Anne. It’s lovely to think of cherries and fresh flowers marking the occasion!

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  40. Oh yes, the Christmas tree smell! The scents of Christmas are wonderful. Thank you for giving us the summer take on Christmas, Anne. It’s lovely to think of cherries and fresh flowers marking the occasion!

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  41. How lovely, Nicola! I haven’t been to Beaulieu in ages, but it is a beautiful place. I like “dressing” my house for Christmas and put tinsel and lights wherever I can. I also hang up Christmas cards over the mantlepiece on a long string – that makes for a great decoration. And of course, there’s the tree – I too adore the smell of a real tree. That really makes it feel Christmassy! As for the food – turkey and salmon will definitely feature on our menu, but on separate days 🙂

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  42. How lovely, Nicola! I haven’t been to Beaulieu in ages, but it is a beautiful place. I like “dressing” my house for Christmas and put tinsel and lights wherever I can. I also hang up Christmas cards over the mantlepiece on a long string – that makes for a great decoration. And of course, there’s the tree – I too adore the smell of a real tree. That really makes it feel Christmassy! As for the food – turkey and salmon will definitely feature on our menu, but on separate days 🙂

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  43. How lovely, Nicola! I haven’t been to Beaulieu in ages, but it is a beautiful place. I like “dressing” my house for Christmas and put tinsel and lights wherever I can. I also hang up Christmas cards over the mantlepiece on a long string – that makes for a great decoration. And of course, there’s the tree – I too adore the smell of a real tree. That really makes it feel Christmassy! As for the food – turkey and salmon will definitely feature on our menu, but on separate days 🙂

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  44. How lovely, Nicola! I haven’t been to Beaulieu in ages, but it is a beautiful place. I like “dressing” my house for Christmas and put tinsel and lights wherever I can. I also hang up Christmas cards over the mantlepiece on a long string – that makes for a great decoration. And of course, there’s the tree – I too adore the smell of a real tree. That really makes it feel Christmassy! As for the food – turkey and salmon will definitely feature on our menu, but on separate days 🙂

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  45. How lovely, Nicola! I haven’t been to Beaulieu in ages, but it is a beautiful place. I like “dressing” my house for Christmas and put tinsel and lights wherever I can. I also hang up Christmas cards over the mantlepiece on a long string – that makes for a great decoration. And of course, there’s the tree – I too adore the smell of a real tree. That really makes it feel Christmassy! As for the food – turkey and salmon will definitely feature on our menu, but on separate days 🙂

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  46. I put up my tree this year….and a few other things. But, my collections of Santas, collector tins and snow globes and one of my nativity sets are not out of their boxes.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  47. I put up my tree this year….and a few other things. But, my collections of Santas, collector tins and snow globes and one of my nativity sets are not out of their boxes.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  48. I put up my tree this year….and a few other things. But, my collections of Santas, collector tins and snow globes and one of my nativity sets are not out of their boxes.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  49. I put up my tree this year….and a few other things. But, my collections of Santas, collector tins and snow globes and one of my nativity sets are not out of their boxes.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  50. I put up my tree this year….and a few other things. But, my collections of Santas, collector tins and snow globes and one of my nativity sets are not out of their boxes.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  51. The only decorating I do is to arrange vases with evergreen, holly, and anything I see outside that is colorful or attractive. I do enjoy driving around and seeing the neighborhood Christmas lights. Although salmon is regularly on our menu, we are having roast lamb for Christmas.

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  52. The only decorating I do is to arrange vases with evergreen, holly, and anything I see outside that is colorful or attractive. I do enjoy driving around and seeing the neighborhood Christmas lights. Although salmon is regularly on our menu, we are having roast lamb for Christmas.

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  53. The only decorating I do is to arrange vases with evergreen, holly, and anything I see outside that is colorful or attractive. I do enjoy driving around and seeing the neighborhood Christmas lights. Although salmon is regularly on our menu, we are having roast lamb for Christmas.

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  54. The only decorating I do is to arrange vases with evergreen, holly, and anything I see outside that is colorful or attractive. I do enjoy driving around and seeing the neighborhood Christmas lights. Although salmon is regularly on our menu, we are having roast lamb for Christmas.

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  55. The only decorating I do is to arrange vases with evergreen, holly, and anything I see outside that is colorful or attractive. I do enjoy driving around and seeing the neighborhood Christmas lights. Although salmon is regularly on our menu, we are having roast lamb for Christmas.

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  56. Yes it’s lovely to see how these historic houses adorn themselves for Christmas.
    Beaulieu is fascinating and these snippets of family history are intriguing. Do you know why it it’s called a palace? Is it because there used to be a bishop’s palace on this site?

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  57. Yes it’s lovely to see how these historic houses adorn themselves for Christmas.
    Beaulieu is fascinating and these snippets of family history are intriguing. Do you know why it it’s called a palace? Is it because there used to be a bishop’s palace on this site?

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  58. Yes it’s lovely to see how these historic houses adorn themselves for Christmas.
    Beaulieu is fascinating and these snippets of family history are intriguing. Do you know why it it’s called a palace? Is it because there used to be a bishop’s palace on this site?

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  59. Yes it’s lovely to see how these historic houses adorn themselves for Christmas.
    Beaulieu is fascinating and these snippets of family history are intriguing. Do you know why it it’s called a palace? Is it because there used to be a bishop’s palace on this site?

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  60. Yes it’s lovely to see how these historic houses adorn themselves for Christmas.
    Beaulieu is fascinating and these snippets of family history are intriguing. Do you know why it it’s called a palace? Is it because there used to be a bishop’s palace on this site?

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  61. Nicola, please write that book about Isabella and her sister. I want to read it Right Now! I’m sure there’s a long-suffering companion or snarky ghost just waiting to narrate.
    Since it’s just me and Sammy the Siamese now, and Sammy never met a Christmas ornament he couldn’t roll on the floor or drag out of sight, I forego the decorating at home and enjoy the neighbors’ outside offerings. Lots of good memories, though …

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  62. Nicola, please write that book about Isabella and her sister. I want to read it Right Now! I’m sure there’s a long-suffering companion or snarky ghost just waiting to narrate.
    Since it’s just me and Sammy the Siamese now, and Sammy never met a Christmas ornament he couldn’t roll on the floor or drag out of sight, I forego the decorating at home and enjoy the neighbors’ outside offerings. Lots of good memories, though …

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  63. Nicola, please write that book about Isabella and her sister. I want to read it Right Now! I’m sure there’s a long-suffering companion or snarky ghost just waiting to narrate.
    Since it’s just me and Sammy the Siamese now, and Sammy never met a Christmas ornament he couldn’t roll on the floor or drag out of sight, I forego the decorating at home and enjoy the neighbors’ outside offerings. Lots of good memories, though …

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  64. Nicola, please write that book about Isabella and her sister. I want to read it Right Now! I’m sure there’s a long-suffering companion or snarky ghost just waiting to narrate.
    Since it’s just me and Sammy the Siamese now, and Sammy never met a Christmas ornament he couldn’t roll on the floor or drag out of sight, I forego the decorating at home and enjoy the neighbors’ outside offerings. Lots of good memories, though …

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  65. Nicola, please write that book about Isabella and her sister. I want to read it Right Now! I’m sure there’s a long-suffering companion or snarky ghost just waiting to narrate.
    Since it’s just me and Sammy the Siamese now, and Sammy never met a Christmas ornament he couldn’t roll on the floor or drag out of sight, I forego the decorating at home and enjoy the neighbors’ outside offerings. Lots of good memories, though …

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  66. Hi Christina! We put cards on a long string as well – it’s so nice to be able to see them all as part of the decorations. And I love having twinkling lights! Lovely that you’re having salmon and turkey, albeit separately – I don’t think most of us have the stamina to tackle all those foods in one go!

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  67. Hi Christina! We put cards on a long string as well – it’s so nice to be able to see them all as part of the decorations. And I love having twinkling lights! Lovely that you’re having salmon and turkey, albeit separately – I don’t think most of us have the stamina to tackle all those foods in one go!

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  68. Hi Christina! We put cards on a long string as well – it’s so nice to be able to see them all as part of the decorations. And I love having twinkling lights! Lovely that you’re having salmon and turkey, albeit separately – I don’t think most of us have the stamina to tackle all those foods in one go!

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  69. Hi Christina! We put cards on a long string as well – it’s so nice to be able to see them all as part of the decorations. And I love having twinkling lights! Lovely that you’re having salmon and turkey, albeit separately – I don’t think most of us have the stamina to tackle all those foods in one go!

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  70. Hi Christina! We put cards on a long string as well – it’s so nice to be able to see them all as part of the decorations. And I love having twinkling lights! Lovely that you’re having salmon and turkey, albeit separately – I don’t think most of us have the stamina to tackle all those foods in one go!

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  71. That sounds delicious, Karin. I love the fresh vases of evergreens and traditional Christmas plants. It makes me think of what it must have been like in the past when everyone’s houses were full of greenery.

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  72. That sounds delicious, Karin. I love the fresh vases of evergreens and traditional Christmas plants. It makes me think of what it must have been like in the past when everyone’s houses were full of greenery.

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  73. That sounds delicious, Karin. I love the fresh vases of evergreens and traditional Christmas plants. It makes me think of what it must have been like in the past when everyone’s houses were full of greenery.

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  74. That sounds delicious, Karin. I love the fresh vases of evergreens and traditional Christmas plants. It makes me think of what it must have been like in the past when everyone’s houses were full of greenery.

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  75. That sounds delicious, Karin. I love the fresh vases of evergreens and traditional Christmas plants. It makes me think of what it must have been like in the past when everyone’s houses were full of greenery.

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  76. Hi Julia! Yes, Beaulieu is such a fascinating historical site isn’t it! I wondered why it was called “palace house” and can’t find a definitive answer. I don’t think there was a bishop’s palace there but I’ll keep on trying to find out why it was given that name!

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  77. Hi Julia! Yes, Beaulieu is such a fascinating historical site isn’t it! I wondered why it was called “palace house” and can’t find a definitive answer. I don’t think there was a bishop’s palace there but I’ll keep on trying to find out why it was given that name!

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  78. Hi Julia! Yes, Beaulieu is such a fascinating historical site isn’t it! I wondered why it was called “palace house” and can’t find a definitive answer. I don’t think there was a bishop’s palace there but I’ll keep on trying to find out why it was given that name!

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  79. Hi Julia! Yes, Beaulieu is such a fascinating historical site isn’t it! I wondered why it was called “palace house” and can’t find a definitive answer. I don’t think there was a bishop’s palace there but I’ll keep on trying to find out why it was given that name!

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  80. Hi Julia! Yes, Beaulieu is such a fascinating historical site isn’t it! I wondered why it was called “palace house” and can’t find a definitive answer. I don’t think there was a bishop’s palace there but I’ll keep on trying to find out why it was given that name!

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  81. LOL, thank you, Mary, I do think there is a good story in there! The long-suffering companion would be a wonderful observer of the sisters’ squabbles!
    Sammy evidently has to asset himself over those pesky ornaments! I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

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  82. LOL, thank you, Mary, I do think there is a good story in there! The long-suffering companion would be a wonderful observer of the sisters’ squabbles!
    Sammy evidently has to asset himself over those pesky ornaments! I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

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  83. LOL, thank you, Mary, I do think there is a good story in there! The long-suffering companion would be a wonderful observer of the sisters’ squabbles!
    Sammy evidently has to asset himself over those pesky ornaments! I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

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  84. LOL, thank you, Mary, I do think there is a good story in there! The long-suffering companion would be a wonderful observer of the sisters’ squabbles!
    Sammy evidently has to asset himself over those pesky ornaments! I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

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  85. LOL, thank you, Mary, I do think there is a good story in there! The long-suffering companion would be a wonderful observer of the sisters’ squabbles!
    Sammy evidently has to asset himself over those pesky ornaments! I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

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