Thursday, 26 August 2010
Remains of the day
Can you remember the film 'The remains of the day'? I believe it was from the early nineties, directed by James Ivory. Emma Thompson played the role of miss Kenton, the head of the house & Anthony Hopkins the role of Stevens, the butler. Funnily enough I never read the book by Kazuo Ishiguro, although it won a Booker prize in 1989 and is one of the most highly regarded British post war novels. I believe I even have it in my bookcase....
Anyway, the house that is used as one of the film locations 'Dyrham Park' was high on my wish list to visit. Dyrham Park is a baroque countryhouse dating back to 1694, set in a beautiful green valley nearby Bath. It was once the home of William Blathwayt, a civil servant who became rich serving (our Dutch) William and Mary.
Unfortunately on the day we visited the house was closed, but the church and the grounds were open to the public. We spent a lovely day walking through the park, having a picknick by the pond, feeding the ducks and playing croquet on the lawn.
Before I forget, thank you all for your sweet comments, for taking part in my giveaway or linking my giveaway to your blog. I am still dazed by the number of comments and new followers.
I wish you all a happy weekend! I am off to Belgium for a couple of days.
Lieve groet, Madelief