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August 28, 2013

Milking My Last Audley End Post… The Dairy is Beautiful, But the Work Probably Wasn’t…

Filed under: Audley End House,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

The last place we are visiting in the Audley End House grounds is the dairy.

This is where milk products were handled, made into butter and cheeses etc and so it’s situated in the cool inner section of the extended outbuildings close to the main house.

It’s definitely a room that is more beautiful to look at than it probably ever was to work in, and I hate to think of how many revolutions were needed to churn one amount of butter.

I dare say that dairy maids of centuries past had very strong arms.

I’m not certain what all of these shallow teardrop shaped porcelain basins are for, but there are a lot of them…

Surely the work here would have been repetitive and physically exhausting, so I envy no one this task.  It would have been easier in the summer months no doubt, but in this unheated room, winter  months work would have been arduous. Velvetine managed to get far better photographs of the decorative butter pats  and the general area in the low light than I did, so I have used some of her photos are used here with permission.

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

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