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February 27th 2016
Published: February 27th 2016
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Following in the jigsaw tradition
We can understand everyone! - AND they drive on the left hand side of the road. Eurostar all good and we are snugged up in a little studio near Simon and Sophie's place. Nick arrived last night bearing Belgium chocolates and played for ages with the two little girls, Clara and Fleur. Today was a freezing day in London so we had to go and buy new coats!

Visited Chiswick house and the surrounding gardens where there was an amazing display for the Magical Lantern Festival and a conservatory housing the oldest camellia collection outside of China. All in full flower and some with 50 cm thick trunks. The cost for a seedling of one rare species in there was 5 pounds 5 shillings, equivalent to a maid servants wages for six months! Both Chiswick house and the conservatory fell into disrepair after the war and have been restored by the Historical a Society of England. Originally designed and constructed by Lord Burlington in the 1700s, chiswick house was a showcase for London society and had an unprecedented art collection obtained in trips to Italy. The gardens were also filled with wild animals, lions, elephants, giraffes and kangaroos to name a few.

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Front of Chiswick HouseFront of Chiswick House
Front of Chiswick House

We broke from tradition and took the trip into the interior: amazing history and wonderful art work collection. Sadly no photos allowed.
Garden statuesGarden statues
Garden statues

Part of a collection from Italy bought by Lord Burlingham
Pho use designed by Lord Burlingham Pho use designed by Lord Burlingham
Pho use designed by Lord Burlingham

Asked on Italian architectural ideas in 1700s
Fairyland lanternsFairyland lanterns
Fairyland lanterns

All these are lit up at night and are apparently amazing to see
Garden vista: lake with bridgeGarden vista: lake with bridge
Garden vista: lake with bridge

The lanterns were integrated into,the garden areas in a delightful way
Peacock lantern Peacock lantern
Peacock lantern

Spot the personalities behind the peacock!

Was nearly destroyed in the war but thankfully restored by the historical society

28th February 2016
Simon and Nick

Looking very relaxed - the lifestyle must be agreeing with you. Love to one and all, xxx Deb
28th February 2016
Simon and Nick

Yes it is great to catch up with nick as well

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