Memories from 2019…. a trip to Brockhampton, Herefordshire, England

It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since we entered this surreal period of our lives….

It has affected each and every one of us in some way or another, whether devastatingly or mildly. I hope that for those of your reading this, the latter.

I’ve been looking back over visits to places I had made last year with happy memories, also thinking how much we have taken for granted the way we led our lives.

One trip I thoroughly enjoyed was to Brockhampton. An ancient estate nestled in the dramatic Herefordshire hills owned by the National Trust. It has been utilised since the early Middle Ages and features a wealth of interesting features such as a ruined Norman chapel. Despite being so old, the manor has changed little over the centuries.

“Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh, or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do those first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing…….”

– Advice from a Singer sewing machine manual dated 1949 –

In the main hall there was a demonstration of beautiful musical instruments, one in particular being played by a musician dressed for the occasion and period of time.

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