On September 10th, 13 of us WI ladies spent a very pleasant afternoon at Parham House and Gardens. Highlights of the visit for me were …
an intriguing white statue lying on the grass. I couldn’t find it when researching the internet later. There was a reference to a white statue in the summer house (which I missed), which was by a Croatian sculptor called Ivan Meštrović. According to Wikipedia, he is renowned as one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century – I recommend a look at his sculptures which are pretty amazing. However, I couldn’t find this sculpture so I’m just assuming it’s a Meštrović as I want it to be one! If anyone knows otherwise please let me know.
The house itself is an impressive Tudor building with large windows and double aspect, which made it very light inside. The room I liked the best was the Long Gallery which is 160 feet long, the third longest Long Gallery in England.
One funny memory from the day that only I am allowed to tell … at one point I and my 2 companions at the time came across a glass fronted cabinet containing a set of lots of matching china. I was interested to know what type of china it was, so looked for some information – all there was was a sign ‘Walnut China Cabinet’ – to which I remarked to my companions – ‘Odd I’ve never heard of Walnut China before’ … at which point they dissolved into helpless laughter … I can’t think why!
Many thanks to Flo for organizing our trip and to Sue for contributing photos.
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