A Trip to Audley End House, Saffron Walden, Essex - 16th April 2014

Isobel arranges to meet up with former Qualcomm alumnus Janet at Audley End House, just outside Saffron Walden. It's only just over an hour down the road and it's free on account of the recently-acquired English Heritage membership. It turns out to be an excellent day out as the house is far less stuffy than many, with chidren allowed to play in the former nursery at the top of the house, lots of the exhibits being touchable, and Nosher even gets to play an old grand piano in a ballroom!

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Audley clock tower

Spectacular tulips are in full bloom

Janet, Isobel and the boys mill around


Harry, Kane and Fred squeal with delight at getting wet

The impressive aspect of Audley End House

Gabes tries to haul off a bench

The old dairy

Croquet on the lawn, reminiscent of the album cover of 'Nursery Cryme' by Genesis

Chess on the lawn

Gabes roams about

Fred and Kane go to see the ducks

The front of Audley End

Bob the horse

Bob goes for a walk

Fred and Kane dress up as stable boys from the 1800s

Harry hides behind a gate

A bed of vivid tulips

Messing around in the walled garden

Walking through the woods

Lost hat

Harry roams through the 'secret passages'

The laundry

Brass oil lamp

Upstairs, Harry dresses up as Little Lord Fauntleroy

Fred has a go

More dressing up

Playtime in the nursery

Janet looks over as Isobel strides off after Harry

Fred on a rocking horse

Harry has a go too

There are one or two copper things in the kitchen

Nice old range cooker

James meets us for Thai at the Three Tuns in Abington

The Three Tuns, Abington

Back home, Boris - Stripey Cat - is up a tree

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Audley clock tower