Weren't we lucky with the weather as the rain held off, with only the odd
shower, and the sun shone enough for some of us to sit in the gardens
or even be out for a cuppa.  We started with excellent
tea/coffee and homemade biscuits in the Bedford Room then free to
wander.  The house did not let us down - with the interesting
find of 17C fragments of Chinese wallpaper discovered when the
Mortlake tapestries were taken down for renovation, to the fantastic
Canaletto paintings, porcelain, silver and gold.  The gardens
were a delight with "hosts" of daffodils, reflections of
forsythia in the lake and herds of deer (some rather strange as they
were a cross between a horse/cow and donkey!!) not to mention the
life-size bronze of Mrs. Moss - a very successful breeding mare
who is now buried under the statue.
There was so much to see indoors that I feel that on another visit I shall
start at the end and work backwards in order to appreciate the whole
house! Lisa, the Group Coordinator, not only welcomed us but also
waved us off, so thank you Penny for an excellent day out.