This time last Saturday we were having a wander around Lyme park house and gardens in the peak district. There is a vast parkland that we didn't even get a chance to explore as we spent a while in the house, and there was a craft fair on. I do love a good craft fair.
This is the courtyard with the entrance that we used to get into the house. The property is owned by National Trust, but unlike most of the properties you can't take pictures inside. A guide told us this was because there was a lot of stuff on loan from the family and the not taking pictures was their stipulation. So you will just have to take my word for it when I say it was very impressive and worth a look around!
After we had our fill of the inside of the house, we walked around the outside gardens, including a small orangery.
There were a few different trails you could take and luckily we chose the one which led us to this pretty bridge and stream.
This huge fiberglass Mr. Darcy statue is apparently 'on tour' and making the rounds about England as part of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. Around this lake is apparently where they filmed the famous lake scene from the movie featuring Colin Firth.
The craft fair tent was fairly small, but they packed some great artists, crafters and bakers in. I bought some lovely earrings from the stall below and of course hit up the cheese stand, because let's face it, who doesn't love cheese? We had carrot and coriander soup with crusty bread for lunch from a small tent outside the larger one, and I was wishing we had come in for some of the quiches below instead (even though the soup was really good). We did snag a couple brownies for the ride home though.
The three flavours of cheese out of the dozen or so he had that I came home with were the ones pictured above. If you like spicy things, the Jamaican Jerk is out of this world. The caramelised onion cheese just melts in your mouth, is a little crumblier than the Jamaican Jerk, but I managed :) They also had a chili lime and tequila cheddar that was pretty tasty. The Cheshire cheese company has a website if you are looking for some good cheeses to add to your refrigerator, and if you join their club you even get cheese sent to you on your birthday! Can you tell I love cheese?
Have you ever been to Lyme Park? We are going to try to go again but for more of a wander around the extensive grounds. We saw some deer sneaking beyond the fence!