Before diving into the details, we also had a great night last night. Unfortunately, bone-headed me didn't take any pictures for the blog. We had friends and fellow ex-pats Doug and Tara Schetzel (blog link) over for a nice evening. We tried to justify the cost of the transformer we bought and used our US fondue pots for a relaxing multi-course meal. Good times. Sorry about the pics.
Wollaton Hall was built in the 1580's for this guy, Sir Francis Willoughby. It stayed in the family until 1925 when it was given over to the Nottingham City government (official link). That's fairly unique in our experience as most are managed by a private trust (like Chatsworth) or run by the National Trust (like Hardwick Hall). It's housed the Nottingham Natural History Museum since 1926.
Of recent note, Wollaton Hall was used in scenes from The Dark Knight Rises as the latest Wayne Manor.
A special note was made about the trophy heads and how that was once an acceptable practice of the day (but is no longer).
They had some interesting skeletons as well like this orangutan.
and this massive hippopotamus skull
I believe this gorilla dates back to the 1800s
the grounds contain a deer park which was kinda neat (but off in the distance on this occasion)
lots of folks out walking their dogs including these two huge Irish Wolfhounds (I think)
a look back at the Hall from our short walk around the grounds
two swans in the lake -- quite a few water fowl overall (just not shown here)
herron nest (point and shoot zoom limitations I'm afraid)
So, the Park/Hall are worth a stop if you are in the area (it was free after all) and the grounds are worth a nice stroll, particularly once the weather improves further. The museum didn't do all that much for me, but no biggie.
last Saturday morning -- probably 4-5"
last Sunday morning -- how quickly the snow left this time
Nicole took the opportunity last weekend to make her first batch of Cake Pops (thanks Aunt Sheri!) -- yummy
On to the latest installment of my Jamie Oliver 15-minute experiences
grilled tuna w/ pasta verde
spring greens, pork marsala and porcini mushroom rice (surprisingly the greens were the best part)
Turkish Flats -- nice but not one to have too often
That's all. Have a good week everyone.