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August 28, 2013

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

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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.

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August 27, 2013

A Late Lunch Is Better Than Nothing…

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Last summer  our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” was visiting the Kiwidutch Family and together we set out on a bucketload of adventures.

At this stage of our journey we are touring the grounds of Audley End House and are almost at the end of our tour. Velvetine and I missed out on lunch after each becoming separated from Himself and the kids, so now we are back at the house and really hungry.

Luckily the Servant’s Hall has been converted into a Café so we can grab a quick bite to eat. I opt for a sausage roll and a slice of coffee walnut cake, whilst Velvetine goes for a sandwich, scone and a piece of Victoria sponge.

I don’t know if it was because we had lunch so late in the day, but the food was a bit dry… edible but nothing to write home about.   We ate it because we were hungry but Himself said later that he thought that he and the kids had better fare where they were earlier but not having been with them earlier I can’t personally compare.

After our quick late lunch we have a look at the estate shop, buy some postcards and jars of  locally made chutney for gifts and then head out to the last part of the estate we can manage to see before they close the gates for the day and kick us out…

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August 26, 2013

Not Exactly “Lost”: Just …”Not Directly Found”.

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Another page from my last Summer’s travel diary, and from the magnificent grounds of Audley End House, owned by English Heritage.

As well as the ornate beds of the flower garden, the sweeping lawns of the grounds and the Kitchen garden, there is a large ornamental garden to explore as well.

I had the assistance of the mobility scooter on loan from the House staff so I tried to see as much of it as possible, but even with a motorised machine,  Velvetine, Himself and the kids got quite a way ahead of me.

Since I was stopping frequently to take  photographs I didn’t worry about it at all, and I saw them in the distance bounding around a path that led over a small bridge, next to what looked like a classical styled summer house with white columns.

About ten minutes later I reached the same spot and discovered that I could go no further:  hidden by the bridge was a very large step.  There was no way I could get the mobility scooter around that.  Naturally leaving the scooter behind in the grounds also wasn’t an option and anyway, the one thing missing on the mobility scooter was any place to stash the crutches so Kiwi Daughter was carrying those around and was far ahead of me by now.

I turned around and went off to explore on my own, and later joined back up with Himself and the kids who, not having figured out that I couldn’t follow from where I had last seen them, had discovered a childrens playground and the House’s second Café, where they had lunch and played as they waited for me to arrive. When Himself finished his coffee and figured out that he needed to come looking, I had just left the ornamental garden and was driving around looking for them too so we literally came around a corner from different directions with joint exclamations of “where have you been?!” Reunited, we  set out together once more…

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August 25, 2013

Zooming In On the Garden Details…

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It should come as no surprise that I managed to find some detail to photograph in a kitchen garden too.

I like the obvious “working” areas of the garden as well as the  neatly presented parts: the rows of pots lined up for use, the bulbs drying before being stored  over the winter etc.

I was also fascinated by bees zipping in and out of the blooms in one area and tried hard to get close up for some  micro shots but I have one small problem:I’m severely allergic to bees and wasps so I had be be rather cautious as to how close I dared get.

The little mini glass-houses  on the ground (yes I am certain they probably have a more technical name)  also caught my eye…

…are they there to help the plant grow faster? or to  keep the bugs and birds from eating whatever is inside? who knows?… but they are very cute. Let’s have a look around…

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August 24, 2013

I SO Want One of These In My Dream Home!

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If you ask two Foodies like my Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and I which part of Audley End House we would like most to replicate in our if-we-won-the-lottery dream homes, we would be sitting debating for a while to decide if it would be the Kitchens we have just visited or the Kitchen gardens we have discovered now.

Seriously, I really want a garden like this one day (ok I may have to scale down my vision just a little LOL) Therefore I first opted for the kitchen garden but changed my mind and decided to be greedy:

I sooo want both.  I’m delighted to see that the Audley End kitchen garden is also organic…

An information board tells me:

The kitchen garden at Audley End provided a continual supply of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the household.

It was established in the mid-18th century, and grew to a peak of productivity around 1900, when it covered nearly 9 acres. The restoration of the kitchen garden is the result of a special partnership between English Heritage and Garden Organic . Europe’s leading organic gardening organisation.

The framework of the garden, including the  path layout and glasshouses, has been restored by English Heritage. A team of gardeners from Garden Organic is creating a working example of a walled Victorian kitchen, demonstrating the best of both the past and the future. Organic gardeners use practical, effective, environment friendly alternatives to artificial fertilisers and pesticides – harnessing natural systems to create healthy, attractive gardens.

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The original glass-house was built in 1856 to the designs of Thomas River to house fruit trees in pots, especially peaches. The present glasshouse is a replica, built in 2001.

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Historic garden. This is the historic core of the garden and  and is being authentically restored and managed as it would have been around 1900, with vegetables, fruit and flowers of the period.

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Vinery. The magnificent vinery, one of the largest and earliest surviving in the country is back in full production, with it’s historic vines and  and a central show house for flowers and exotics.

I find it really interesting that the glass roof of the vinery follows the pattern of the large wall that runs along the back side of it…

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Back sheds. Tucked out of sight behind the vinery’s array of glass, this row of buildings formed the heart of the working garden, The potting shed and tool shed are once again in use and the mushroom  mushroom house and the boilerhouse have been opened up to  visitors.

These sheds are neatly tucked along the wall, (the other side of which has the vinery along the length of it.)

In the 19th century, two apprentice gardeners lived here in the bothy.

Bothy Garden. This part of the garden kitchen garden is planted with ornamental plants that are beneficial to wildlife, as well as being attractive to look at. the large grassed in the centre of the garden is bordered with heritage apples trees.

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August 23, 2013

Bedding Down in the Stables… These Horses Were Not Exactly Roughing It…

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My next stop on our tour of the Audley End House grounds is to the horse stables.

I assumed these would be close to the main house but they are located some distance away so I suppose in days past the grooms were kept fit bringing horses and carriages to the main house.

Actually now that I think about it, it’s in keeping with the idea that the real hard work, mess and possible stench of running the stables was kept well away from upper class noses…  it was normal that the aristocracy saw the results of the hard labour but remained as unconnected with the physical grime as possible.

Their horses however enjoyed an abode that probably allowed more space and comfort than was afforded to the human servants in the household: the stables are amazing, beautiful, ornate and huge.  With a few necessary conversions for human living I wouldn’t mind at all living in this building today.

There were still some equestrian inhabitants, and a video that startled me a little because it was projected onto the back wall of one of the stalls (I thought it was a static image, and suddenly it moved and the commentary started).

There’s a shop in the little building opposite, and some stone lions on display inside that have a rather startled expression on their faces too, so maybe they were also taken by surprise by the video too?  Later when we were leaving we passed by the other side of the stables ( I’m trying to workout which is the front and which is the back) and even that view was equally impressive.  These were some very privileged horses indeed.

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The Stables from the other side… also most impressive…

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August 22, 2013

Preserving the Past…

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In continuation of yesterday’s post, I’m still in the Audley End House kitchen.

This time we are in the scullery area where food was stored and preserved.

Since leaving real food on display for days on end in the summer heat would be courting disaster on many levels,  they have solved the problem by adding realistic plastic food.

What are real however are the jars of preserves, jams and herbs that line the shelves.  I think too that this is a the actual foodstuff storage area for items in use throughout the year in the two Cafe’s in the grounds of the house.

I’ve just started preserving my own beetroot again after previous attempts failed using jars that were different than I was used to, so my interest was piqued by these photographs.

What was also on display and caught my eye were the handwritten recipes used by Cook to make her pastry and scones. The light quality wasn’t great so taking the photographs was difficult, but I found them fascinating all the same… since I’m always looking for a better scone recipe I might even give this one a go one day. It’s my last post from the Audley End kitchen… a kitchen clearly still partly in use in modern times whilst at the same time preserving the past…

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August 21, 2013

We Even Managed to Keep Our Itching Fingers OFF!!!

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Last summer we scooped up our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and took her on a condensed tour of as many places as we could squeeze  during her three week stay.

We reckoned she could catch up on sleep on the fourteen hour flight home, so whilst she was with us we laughed and explored new places galore.

We had been recommended a visit to Audley End House,  located close to the town of Saffron Walden, and have be delighting in our visit.

“Velvetine” and I, as keen Foodies have been very well behaved in the Audley House kitchen, keeping our fingers on the shutter buttons of our camera’s and managing to refrain from running them over every delicious item of kitchen equipment we are drooling over.

Naturally there were many items to zoom in on,  and the detail fanatic enjoyed every new discovery. There were things like wooden pork pie mallets, where the pastry is shaped and built up around the tubular base,  There were the things I assumed were tiny copper omelette pans hanging from hooks by the jelly moulds, but I realised later that these weren’t omelette pans, they were the lids to some of the pots on the shelves above.

There were little pie and biscuit (cookie) moulds and an old fashioned wooden sieve, the basket of the sieve was in two halves with the soft thin mesh sieve rolled and fastened between the two halves… there was a heavy duty cast iron grinder for coffee, spices or maybe meat… so many things to catch a culinary eye.

In stark contrast with many a modern day kitchen, the lack of plastic here is noticeable… wood, copper, cast iron, porcelain and metal were king of this kitchen in it’s day. Personally I’m a woman who could care less for shoes and handbags,  but I could drool over kitchen equipment like this all day long!

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The sieve…

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(The eggs are plastic!)

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Wooden mallets for making pastry pies…

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Any clues what two wooden triangle forms are for? My guess would be for cutting croissant dough?…

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Not the omelette pan I first thought it was…

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The apples were not plastic…

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Pastry brush and… a docker maybe?

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August 20, 2013

Hmm… I Wonder If I Can Convince My Kids to be Scullery Maids and Masters?

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The next page of my last summer’s travel diary finds me in a place I hardly want to leave… a Stately Home kitchen.

As the proud owner of a miniscule 1930’s Dutch kitchen, I struggle with space, and of course have only recently graduated to a large oven… but even so, I still find myself with serious  and incurable oven-envy when I come into this kitchen at Audley End House.

As with the laundry it’s located a little way off the house because of fire hazard  but it’s beautiful inside all the same.

It’s not just just humongous coal range that has the Wow factor and some… but also in a separate alcove, a huge bread oven in the wall with another coal range along side.

Judging by the very large square copper kettle on the top, possibly this one was for a plentiful supply of hot water.

Himself and the kids did the whistle stop tour of the kitchen and then bounced back outside to burn off some energy… Leaving our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” (also a fellow Foodie) and I free to browse at leisure and drool  excitedly together over copper pot and pans, jelly molds, and coal ranges in peace.

No doubt some other visitors overheard our back and forth delighted shrieks and exclamations of new discoveries of beautiful kitchen items and probably assumed we were somewhat deranged, but any fellow foodie would have well understood.

I soooo want a kitchen this big… with a few high tech electrical additions discreetly incorporated of course.. and a few scullery maids to do the washing up. (no wait…  maybe I can rope in my kids on that one).

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August 19, 2013

Airing Your Dirty… No I Mean: Clean Laundry in Public…

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Another leaf from my last summer’s journal,  we are looking around parts of one of the UK’s National Trust stately homes: Audley End House.

We’ve skipped the main house because we arrived late and don’t have time to cover everything and  because the kids are more interested in racing around the grounds than studying  fine art and antiques,

One of the ground floor outbuildings is the laundry: As was often the case in stately homes it was set a little distance away from the main house because it used a lot of hot water heated by coal ranges and kettles and as such was a fire hazard to be kept out of the main house.

At first I was going to say that it would be handy to have a laundry this size, but  on second thoughts I never want to have so much laundry that I would need a laundry this size.

That said, some of the ideas would be excellent installed in a homestead in any rural area where weather may disrupt electricity supply.  I could image this room on a New Zealand high country sheep station in the cold of winter: snow outside, a big coal range heating a thick stone walled room where laundry dried inside on high racks, the wooden rack by the fire drying off the thick items, no need for a tumble  dryer here.

In my version though there would be a proper electric washing machine, rather than the copper kettles and sinks from yesteryear.  A marriage of old and new technologies.

I remember that some tramping (hiking) huts and farms in New Zealand used to have a drying rooms, off the side of sleeping quarters,  tiny versions of this, with a small cast iron wood burner in a corner heating both the sleeping and drying area and racks where wet clothes and tramping boots could be hung up. You’d sleep with the smell of wet wool drying out all around you, but it was very cosy and most welcome after hours of mountain walking, and you’d have dry clothes by morning.

I love the space, I would have loved a lot less having to work in it one hundred years ago without the aid of modern technology.

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