Greenway – Agatha Christie’s holiday home

I felt like a very special bear indeed when given the opportunity to visit Greenway, a house where a very famous Author, Agatha Christie, used to live sometimes. img_9350As we went into the house I noticed a huge painting on the wall of Agatha when she was a little girl cuddling a doll.img_9360Further on in the drawing room someone had abandoned a game of dominoes…img_9362No one was playing the piano so I clambered up and gave a rendition of ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’.  Unfortunately that is the only tune I know how to play; I really should learn some more as I often seem to come across pianos.img_9364In the kitchen there was an old manual typewriter with an invitation to try it out.  I managed to type my name, though it is not as easy as using a computer keyboard.  img_9368Upstairs on the landing I spotted three Aspidistra plants (they take ages and ages to grow). They were sat on top of a very interesting bookcase which was made for Agatha Christie’s children, and it was full of books written by her.img_9372I am always very interested in toilets.  This mahogany seated one was inhabited by a little green frog, which was something of a surprise!img_9374The toilet roll had ‘government issue’ stamped on it, and it looked more like the paper Karen uses to line cake tins.img_9381I had a peep in Agatha’s dressing room…img_9382The view out of the window was beautiful, I could see the boats going up and down the River Dart.img_9383Behind glass there was a complete collection of all the first editions of the books written by Agatha Christie.  She must have been a very busy lady.img_9385The bear sat on the sofa in the library looked as though he needed some other bear company as he only had dolls to keep him company.  I said ‘hello’ to him and wished him well.img_9387There is graffiti on the walls of the library painted by an American Lieutenant during the 2nd World War. img_9393In the inner hall I found a really old Motorola mobile phone.  It was quite big and very heavy and was made in the mid 1980’s.img_9395After looking around the house I was a very hungry bear so had some lunch.  The baked potato was extremely yummy.img_9398I made sure that the door remained closed on the peach house to make sure that no naughty squirrels came in.img_9411I like terraccota flower pots!img_9400The cucumbers were all knobbly and didn’t look like the ones that Karen buys in the greengrocers shop.img_9404We went on to explore the fernery, which is an excellent place for bearsimg_9413img_9416I climbed up to have a closer look at the broken pot, but only as far as the sign that said ‘no further please’.img_9422There were also some pet graves in the fernery.  I think the pets that lived at Greenway probably had very happy lives living in such a lovely place.img_9420I was delighted to come across a bear sized tractor.img_9426We walked through some woods until we arrived at an area known as ‘The Battery’.  I climbed up onto the wall and could see Dartmouth in the distance.img_9431I stopped and had a little rest against the wall and then wondered about the large iron thing with a hole in that was right in front of me.img_9439I had a look inside, though the humans told me that it wasn’t a wise thing to do!img_9436I realised then that it was an old cannon.  I felt safer at the other end.img_9442Just along a woodland path from The Battery we found The Boathouse.img_9443The Boathouse is a perfect place to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the view of the river.img_9447The lower floor of The Boathouse has a special plunge pool.  The plunge pool is being repaired and restored at the moment so we were unable to see it.  I am sure we will visit again when the work is finished.img_9449The house looked lovely in the sunshine as we walked back up the path…img_9450I stopped and had a rest for a while in one of the deckchairs…img_9464…after which it was time to leave.  We will be back 🙂img_9470

To find out more about Greenway go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Horace the Alresford Bear 17/10/2016

Lanhydrock

Lanhyrock is an enormous house where very rich people used to live.  We entered through a very splendid gatehouse.img_8995Before we went into the house I noticed some small humans rolling down the grass bank.  I decided to have a go…img_8924Jolly good fun it was too!img_8925I could have happily spent more time playing ‘roly-poly’ but the humans said we needed to visit the house before it closed.img_8921The first thing of interest to me was the napkin folding table.  I decided to have a go…img_8929…and made a hat that I though might be good for wearing while cooking.img_8927Further along a corridor I came face to face with this chap. I’m sure he moved a little bit while I was watching him so I kept well back just in case….img_8930I tried out the typewriter in Lord Robartes’ study.  It was quite hard work typing each letter with my paws.img_8935In the nursery I spotted a couple of bears playing football  and called out “Hello”.img_8936Two more bears were on a shelf in the nursery library; they were keeping a close eye on all the visitors looking around the house.img_8938The Robartes family must have been very worried that a fire might break out.  I discovered this huge hose hung up on one landing….img_8942….plus three very impressive red buckets.img_8943Lady Robartes’ used to enjoy honey with her afternoon tea in her private sitting room.img_8945I was delighted to find a piano with a sign inviting people (and bears) to play.  I played my version of Teddy Bear’s Picnic, after which my paws were very tired.img_8947 On entering the kitchen a large cake caught my eye.  A room guide announced that the Victoria sponge was edible, but that it had been on display for a few weeks, so I decided not to try it.img_8949In another kitchen room someone was in the middle of shelling peas; I think they must have gone for a tea break (shelling peas is hard work).  img_8950Scullery maids  would have spent all their time washing up pot after pot in this sink without any rubber gloves.  I’m glad I’m not a scullery maid.img_8952There were joints of meat of all shapes and sizes sat in a big cabinet with wheels on the bottom. img_8953I think I could make a good vegetable stew with this lot.img_8955Bread was all made in the kitchens of Lanhydrock in this huge oven.img_8958Yum yum yum…. img_8959 I always enjoy a bit of grinding with a pestle and mortar, especially cinnamon which smells almost as good as honey.img_8967The tool in this photo is a special device for cutting up giant cones of sugar.   img_8968In the dairy I tried my hand at making butter.  img_8974The handle has to be turned round and round and round and round very fast until the cream eventually turns into butter.  My paws soon got tired.img_8975In another room there was a special table made out of marble with water running all around it.  It is for keeping things cool, and setting jelly.  The jelly made me feel suddenly very hungry, but I wasn’t allowed to eat it.  Karen said I could have a treat later.img_8977The treat was very yummy indeed.img_8979The gardeners must work very hard; I spent a while admiring this dazzling display of begonias.img_8984 Away from the formal garden there is a magnificent tree with lots of holes for bears to hide in.img_8990There is lots to see at Lanhydrock and I think we probably could have spent longer there but the staff were shutting everything up as they wanted to go home for tea.   Perhaps my humans will take me again one day.

For more information about Lanhydrock see: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

Horace the Alresford Bear 24/9/16

Boscastle

I was a tad worried when Karen mentioned that the accomodation that we were going to stay in at Boscastle used to be a pilchard cellar, but our apartment, The Clinker, turned out to be very pleasant.img_8919The best thing about The Clinker was the window with a special seat for bears right in front of it.  I spent quite a lot of time sat here while the humans did long walks (they say I am ‘too big’ to take everywhere)14199392_1113856785375052_5268541012461105980_nI saw many dogs (and humans) of all shapes and sizes walking by.  I even saw some bears.  When I spotted a little Merrythought bear outside looking up at me I ran downstairs to say hello.  He’s called Severn Bear and travels about extensively with his humans.  They took a photo of us together for Instagram.

I waved to Severn Bear as he continued with his travels…14237645_1113857352041662_6335049357608771698_nThere was an interesting book in The Clinker with lots of photos of the places where the humans walk but don’t take me…14183934_1116573961770001_4219155113023618212_nOne evening Karen announced that she thought the tide times were right to see the Boscastle blow hole in action (a place where water squirts out of a hole in the cliff).  I was very excited and waited patiently in the new bear carrier for transportation.14291624_1113357358758328_1431872615531993758_nWhen we arrived at the view point there were a few gushes of water, but not anything spectacular.  Karen thought it was probably better at some tides than others depending on the height of the tide etc. I still enjoyed watching the waves.14183927_1116964495064281_7559560088952004658_nThe next day I posted a postcard to my Grand human on the way to the shops.14237488_1114644868629577_5969731953731499556_nFortunately there was still room for me in the bag after stocking up on a few groceries.

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I climbed out of the bag to take a closer look at this building.  It is The Harbour Lights cafe, and it was swept away when Boscastle was flooded in 2004.  It was rebuilt to look exactly the same as before.14316709_1114645935296137_5424543781386011345_n

After returning from another long walk the humans took me along to the National Trust cafe underneath our apartment with them.  Yum Yum Yum14330122_1116829405077790_5331512404814311674_nRight next door the The Clinker there was a very old Lime Kiln. It isn’t used for heating lime anymore and makes an excellent hiding place for bears.img_9146The day that it rained was a bit of a problem as I didn’t have any wellies with me (I borrow Paddington’s at home).  I wanted to go for a little walk, so borrowed human walking boots.img_9160Here is a selfie of me at the end of the harbour.  img_9158I was feeling quite tired as the boots were quite heavy.  I kept going though as I wanted to give some money to the man collecting for National Coastwatch;  they keep an eye out for boats or people in the water or walking the coastpath that may need assistance.  img_9169In this photo you can see the white lookout station on the left in the distance. Boscastle is a splendid place with lots to see.  I was quite sad to wave goodbye at the end of our stay. img_9211

To find out more about National Coastwatch see http://www.nci.org.uk

Horace the Alresford Bear 10/9/16