"George what's that down there"
"Its a Dingle Tess, I suppose you want to know what a Dingle is?
in this case its a deep wooded valley"
"There's a reason why I thought Dudmaston Hall would be a good birthday outing for you.
Grandad Baker was a Gardener here years ago and Mom was allowed to come with him sometimes"
"They have let the garden get over grown!!"
"This isn't the garden Tess, we are not allowed by the Hall or Garden but can take a walk around the wood."
"Take a look at this Tess its a boat house"
"George you will be in heaps of trouble if you get muddy!"
"Lets just take a rest, and I'll tell you a couple of story's that Grandad Baker told me when he was reminiscing about the place.
"This is the front of the Hall, Grandad had to help with the removal of a carpet in one of the upstairs bedrooms, it was very big and heavy, there as no way it would go down the staircase. So an upstairs window was removed to get it out that way. After a count of three Grandad and the other members of staff that were helping ran at the window. The carpet went half out and ended up hanging in mid air!! As this was all going on, a local removing van had come up the drive and parked right under the window where the carpet was hanging out!! of course they didn't know this so picking up the bit of the carpet left and pushed it out of the window. It landed right on top of the van and to made matters worst put a dent in it!!"
"This is the back of the Hall, Grandad and the other gardeners were asked to move a mill wheel, they had managed to get it on a trailer being pulled by a tractor and where moving very slowly passed the back of the building, it didn't help that it had been snowing and was frosty. All of a sudden there was a loud crack, the pin holding the trailer box broke!! Next thing the mill wheel made a run for it. Jumped off the trailler and bounced all the way down the garden and ended in the lake at the bottom!!"
"Wow George they were funny story's, I didn't know he worked here. I will take more notice when he's telling story's next time.
We have the other side of the dingle to walk back along, so while we make our way back Mom can show you some photos
Mom remembered that she had some very old photos that Grandad had taken when he was working here, we think they are around 45years old!! So she printed them off and went back on the Sunday to try and stand in the same place for an up to date photo.
"I enjoyed my birthday outing down Memory Lane
Dudmaston Hall is owned by The National Trust
I think most of you know I am in their Summer Magazine.
You can check out my reader's snapshot
via this LINK, see if you can find the page I'm on
We will be giving a copy away, details will be on the next months Tess
Have a Good Week
See Yea George xxx