when i woke up in the wee hours to feed moses and saw the news, i was surprised, sad, sickened and scared. but no matter my disgust with the results of this election, i know i need to strive to continue to see good and wonder of humanity, and to do my small part - as a profoundly privileged individual - to buoy up those that will likely be acutely affected by this outcome. i am praying for our new president and for this mad, mad – but still incredibly beautiful – world.
on our way back to london from the cotswolds, we stopped by spectacular blenheim palace. our afternoon there was filled with history, palatial grandeur, autumnal beauty, and little spots of christmas cheer (since some holiday decorations had been put up!). winter seemed to make a quick, dramatic entrance on this very saturday. it was quite bitter cold during our walk around the palace grounds, and our visit ended at 4:30pm because it was nearly dark!
we had a really wonderful weekend exploring the english countryside with ian’s parents – blenheim palace was the final icing on the cake!
^^ obsessed with our matching hats! ^^
^^ moses and grandma trying to stay warm outside the palace’s main entrance! ^^
^^ the grand entry hall - so grand and gorgeous – and festive right now!! ^^
^^ there were modern art installations in each of the state rooms. some other visitors really didn’t like them, but i loved them! the artist’s description of their symbolism was fascinating and they were each so incredibly creative! ^^
^^ incredible art, old and new. ^^
^^ how’s this for a beauty and the beast library?! with a little flourish of christmas decoration! ^^
^^ the fall colours on our walk around the grounds were amazing – some hues so vivid they kind of hurt your eyes! ^^
^^ i’m grateful for these wonderful parents-in-law! ^^
^^ two sets of mamas with their sons! ^^
^^ the lights on the christmas trees were lit up when we left! ^^
^^ and the last light in the sky was lingering as we drove away! ^^
we were able to turn our day tickets at blenheim palace into annual passes (this is something that a lot of sites in england do – we love it!) … and i’m already excited to return several times before next november!
i love england.