Thurnham Hall Birthday Bash

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A family gathering, during which I don’t seem to have taken many family photos. We stayed at Thurnham Hall, a Grade I listed 17th Century Country House, but now also a hotel with lots of cottages in the grounds.

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The occasion was to celebrate my Dad’s eightieth birthday which happened earlier in the week, and also B’s birthday. Later in the day we would have the former chapel on the right here for our sole use as we ate a very fine evening meal.

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Primroses and Celandines.

We got out for a bit of a stroll in the very welcome sunshine early on the Saturday (in fact my Dad and I did this short circuit twice).

Our walk took us past Saints Thomas and Elizabeth Church…

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Lych Gate.

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Apprentice gargoyles.

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Mausoleum in the churchyard.

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The churchyard was also full of Primroses and Daffodils.

Whilst the woods opposite…

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….were equally full of Wood Anemones and Bluebells, some of the first I’d seen this spring.

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The church is quite isolated, alone in the woods.

We also walked briefly along the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster Canal…

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Later, we were back in Silverdale, to watch a dress rehearsal of a children’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in which A and S were appearing as Oberon and Lysander respectively.

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The following day we were Go-Karting in Lancaster, although sadly I’d been struck down with another bug and wasn’t well enough to participate.

A fabulous weekend all round, especially because we got to spend it with my Mum and Dad and my Brother and his family.

 

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Thurnham Hall Birthday Bash

12 thoughts on “Thurnham Hall Birthday Bash

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It was. The apartments were very plush and my meal was top notch. Bit gutted to miss out on the go-karting the next day, although, having seen the DBs and their almost equally reckless cousins driving, I was probably in the safest place.

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          They drove very fast, frequently lapping TBH and Steve. B is a bit obsessed with cars and can’t wait to learn to drive, in fact, he’s going for a ‘driving experience’ soon.

  1. Attractive flowers and grounds. Interesting how tastes change over time with mausoleums and crypts looking very gloomy and serious to modern eyes. Certainly not a place to end up in when you could be outside in the open air.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I fancy something unmarked in a wood personally, maybe in a cardboard coffin. I always liked playing in boxes.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, very common. Look out for a similar but smaller flower with a hint of pink and clover like leaves (think shamrock perhaps). Try the leaves, they’re citrusy and quite refreshing. (And perfectly safe, although, if you had the patience to eat kilos of the stuff, the oxalic acid in them might give you a bellyache.)

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