Today I made time to look through some photos taken during summer last year.
The cold & rainy weather prompted me to head straight for photos I knew where shot on a super hot sunny day.
So with a coffee in my hand I’ve had an enjoyable morning revisiting National Trust Cliveden near Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire
The Fountain of Love carved & designed by Thomas Waldo Story in 1897.
Parterre garden at Cliveden
Stunning gilded clock face on the water tower
Ticking off numbers 30 (hold a scary beast) and 31 (hunt for bugs) of 50 things to do before your 11 3/4
Pre teen pose
Chilling time & texting friends
Running through the maze
The tortoise fountain, created by the Fountain of Love sculptor: Thomas Waldo Story
The water garden with Chinese Pagoda brought to Cliveden in 1900 by William Waldorf Astor
Beach hunt style washroom facilities with cute bunting
I hope one day we will return to Cliveden as a family and explore it some more
Over the festive period I made a visit to Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, excitedly the Pumping Station was in steam. (Check the website for forthcoming steam days)
In 1885 the pumping station was completed and pumped sewage from Burton-upon-Trent to farmland 3 miles away. The site closed in 1971 & restoration work began in 1993.
Fabulous blacksmith onsite, Hayley Powell from Forever Forged
Fantastic Victorian workshops with a great collection of tools, pincers & spanners
There are four large beam engines by Gimson of Leicester, 1885, these are in pumping house C-D.
The heat smell and steam was overwhelming but nice.
Gimson & Co builder’s plaque on the cylinder casing of ‘C’ engine. Climbing the stairs to gain access to the top floor was quite a challenge with a camera bag as they are quite narrow.
It was worth it though, watching the beams go up and down was mesmerizing
Beautiful light switches and giant cogs
Boiler House shoveling coal to provide power to the engines
Deep in the basement is a bathroom with small bath that workers and families used on a rota basis.
I can imagine how much of a luxury a hot bath with running water must have been, instead of a tin bath in front of the fire.
A fabulous museum and well worth visiting, especially on the days when it’s in steam.