A refreshing family day out

In all the seasonal busyness of the pre-Christmas period we took a day to step aside from the to-do lists, gift lists and general preparations to enjoy a family day out. We travelled west along the M4 towards Bristol, turning off at Junction 18 to follow the signs to Dyrham Park.

Dyrham Park December 2017 by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

At the top of the drive leading down to the house at Dyrham Park.

There we met our daughter. She and I stayed on to enjoy the ins and outs of the National Trust property whilst the ‘boys’ headed into Bristol to meet our youngest son and enjoy a lunch out with our Son-in-law.

Dear Daughter and I had such a special time: loitering in the tea room, chatting our way around the formal gardens, exploring the attached 13th century Church of St Peter and roaming through the house. Dyrham is mentioned in the 11th Century Domesday Book and there was a Tudor manor house on the site of the current house which was built and added to through the 17th and early 18th Centuries (including a beautiful staircase made of walnut wood transported all the way from Virginia USA!).

Dyrham House with the Church of St Peter behind by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Dear Daughter in the gardens of Dyrham House with the Church of St Peter behind.

We walked around the formal gardens:

Gardens, Dyrham Park

Gardens, Dyrham Park

Formal gardens, Dyrham Park

Formal gardens, Dyrham Park

Then on to the Church where we found much of historical interest:

Tomb inscription, St Peter's Church Dyrham by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Tomb inscription, St Peter’s Church Dyrham

The tomb of George Winter, died 1581, and of his wife Anne.

The tomb of George Winter, died 1581, and of his wife Anne (I like the accurate depiction of the fashions of the time including those stiff ruffs).

13th Century floor tiles, St Peter's Church.

13th Century floor tiles, St Peter’s Church. Remind me of similar tiles in Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals (St Peter’s must have had wealthy benefactors!)

The formal gardens, originally laid out in the 1700’s, lead into a large park, home to a herd of fallow deer. On our walk back up the steep winding drive to the National Trust car park we were fortunate enough to encounter some of the deer. They grazed on the grass taking little notice of us as we huffed and puffed our way past!

The two of us made the short drive to Bristol and met up with the boys – just the five of us for an hour before it was time to part and get back to the pre-Christmas busyness. A few precious hours just ‘being’ with family. It was so refreshing to put the complications of the festive season in perspective, creating shared family memories from a very simple day out.

Linking with Lorna (who is celebrating her 5 year blogiversary) for Let’s Bee Social.




About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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2 Responses to A refreshing family day out

  1. What a beautiful way to spend the day.

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