I haven’t been as organised this year as I’d really like – I do always hope to see this historic house or that castle and I make vague plans to visit particular areas. That’s about where it ends. It’s a shame because I really do love the sense of history when I go round properties – with or without a guide. I like the audio tours, they give you so much more info than trying to read the guide book as you meander. I particularly love the look and smell of old furniture in perhaps their orginal setting. Knowing that many many family members and staff will have handled items, cleaned them, sat at those trestle tables on those very same chairs. It makes the hairs on the bakc of my neck stand up sometimes.
I come home though and read up the guide book – oh so wishing I could feel even basic antiqueness about my rather modern furniture and effects!