Tredegar House and Gardens

Tredegar House near Newport in Wales was originally built a very long time ago on the remains of an older house. The Morgan family used to live there.

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I don’t speak Welsh so was very pleased that the signs were all also in English.

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Inside the house I discovered some interesting facts. Fans used to be used by ladies to send discrete messages. For instance waving it a certain way could tell someone to go away.

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I wanted to play Fox and Geese but no one would play with me….

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There was a range of hats to try on with an invitation to wear them while walking round the house.   They weren’t really my style so I put them back in the dressing up box.

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At the other end of the room I tried out the shadow theatre with a willing parrot.

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Upstairs in the bathroom someone had recently had a party.

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On glancing in the mirror I felt that perhaps my face was looking a bit squashed – the result perhaps of spending too long in the bear carrier bag.

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Bears and humans aren’t allowed in all the rooms. There was hole in the door of one closed room so I peeped in. It looked as though it needed decorating.

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The last Mr Morgan that lived in the house used to keep a crocodile as a pet.IMG_1546

The food on display in the kitchen looked very tasty but didn’t smell of food.  On further inspection I found it all to be plastic!

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This is a very old steam generating boiler that was used to steam vegetables and steam clean pots and pans from the kitchen.  I think it is rather splendid.

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This is a charcoal stove; the black pots were put over the hole to be heated.

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I think the Morgan family must have been very fond of jelly.

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A food mixer with wooden blades!  I have never seen one of those before.

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The Game larder was visible at the end of a tunnel.  I think the birds on the table were probably plastic like the food in the kitchen.

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Outside again I explored the gardens.  This is a very interesting sign.  Apparently the wren is the most common bird in Britain, though I don’t think I have ever seen one!

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There was a very smart insect house in the garden for solitary bees (the ones that don’t live in big hives with lots of other bees).

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The tent was a wonderful find as I was very much in need of a quiet nap.

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Very comfy

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I wasn’t alone for long though as was joined by a gang of creepy crawlies.

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I found the creepy crawlies a bit tickly so left the tent to take a walk around the lake.

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The tea shop had shut when I got there so I was unable to have the customary cake that I usually end National Trust property visits with.  However, I was delighted to find the shop still open and selling delicious Welsh ice cream.  Yum yum yum.

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If you would like more information about Tredegar House and Gardens see:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house

Horace the Alresford Bear 14/9/2018

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