The Tiles of Ickworth House, Horringer, Suffolk - 30th November 2019

We're off to Ickworth House, near Horringer in Suffolk, for another walk around. This time, the rotunda is completely covered in scaffolding - something which can be annoying if it's the first time you've been somewhere, but which in this case is quite interesting simply because the scale of the scaffolding job itself is truly stunning. Also, the National Trust is flogging off the old slate tiles, which are being replaced, for a modest sum, so we pick up a couple to do some painting on or something. We also do the "life below stairs" tour, which we'd actually done before, but it's true what the guide said: each one of them has a different take on it, so it's still interesting to do

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At home, Boris - Stripey Cat - stares out of the back door

Nice autumn leaves on the Albana walk

The impressive tall-pine tree tunnel on the Albana walk around Ickworth's grounds

Harry and Fred look at dens

Fred pokes around with a stick

Harry and Isobel wander off

the gang roams the woods

A view of the Suffolk countryside

The gang treads a misty path

Harry and Fred take a break

Sheep munch on the meadows

The boys climb a tree

Bright green hedges

Fred points to a tree stump that looks like a fish head

Ribbony fungi

Some more fungi, which look like sea-shells

A twisty tree stump

A carpet of autumn, picked out by the low sun

We find some huge mushrooms off the path

Our first close-up of the truly epic scaffolding

The boys look at books in the NT shop

Harry and Isobel

We stop for a hot drink and some snacks in the Orangery

Harry looks up

Outside, there's a cute baby in a plant pot

Harry peers out of the window

Some of Ickworth's epic plumbing

Fred peers into an underground water tank

Christmas socks

Fred sits in Santa's fireside chair

Harry really wants a go too

Fred nabs the prime seat yet again

The coat's a bit oversized, but the hat fits

A kitchen range is explained

Harry pokes an old recipe book

The boys are back playing with the knives and stabbing weapons

Down the bricked corridors of 'below stairs'

The boys leg it up the stairs

Fred looks at calendars back in the NT shop

Some of the old and new roof tiles

Outside there are tons more tiles in boxes (out of the 40 tons on the roof)

A tree is lit up in purple

Sheep graze in an autumn scene

A braver soul reads a book outside

An urn in the stumpary

Isobel, Harry and Fred in the illuminated stumpery

More purple trees

Isobel roams around in the lights

A tree stump is lit up in red

The classic view of the rotunda is a bit different with its covering

There must be thousands of scaffolding poles involved in this job

We walk back past the orangery

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At home, Boris - Stripey Cat - stares out of the back door