Photos all by my Mother! Thank you!
Dress: Ebay, reworked by me
Parasol: Souvenir from the Canary Islands
Brogues: J Shoes via TK Maxx
The slightly bemused expressions on most photos are due to my lovely Mother being the photographer for the day. She got quite into it and was bossing me about in no time, much to the amusement of my sister Louise who was standing watch. The three of us formed a splinter group from the hen party on the Sunday and we had arrived very early indeed to ensure that we could purchase 'walk-up' tickets, as the pre-booked ones sell out about 6 months in advance. It was lucky we decided to tackle the photos first, as within an hour the grounds were swarming with tourists. It's a very, very popular attraction thanks in no small part to Downton Abbey I'm sure, and it became very crowded indeed in the upstairs section of the house. No time for loitering, and you are not allowed to take photos indoors anyway.
As well as the grounds and house, you can visit an Egyptian exhibition in the basement that details Lord Carnarvon's expedition history and houses a number of fascinating original Ancient Egyptian artefacts (including 4,000 year old eye-liner!). In the final room there are some mock-ups of the most important finds, as the originals are in the British Museum in Cairo (I actually have been there and seen the original Tutankhamun mask, and they've done an excellent job on the reproductions).
We all had a very enjoyable visit, and we're keen to watch Downton Abbey again so that we can shout 'I've been there!' at various moments throughout the programme.
I'll leave you with a 'before' picture of the dress.
I'm signing off for a while now - this is my last post as an unmarried woman! I hope you all have a wonderful couple of weeks, and I look forward to catching up with you all when I'm back from the wedding and honeymoon.
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