|View towards West Lawn in December - 08/12/2011.|
My first visit to Wallington in December was on a wet and windy day. During my journey there was a great deal of standing water on the roads and fallen branches. The Metrological Office had issued a red warning for gale force winds in Scotland and an amber warning for the North East. The way the wind was when I arrived, it was certain that the property would not be opened.
Due to the poor weather, there was very little that could get completed outside, so I returned home after taking the above photograph of the House looking towards West Lawn, in black and white.
December came with the annual festive events in the House. The House could be seen illuminated by "candlelight" on a Friday evening. For three weekends, the House was opened to see the Christmas decorations and for children, a visit to see Santa or listen to stories told by Mrs Santa. The final event of the year was a concert by The Belford Singers performing in the magnificent Central Hall.
In total over 2011, there have been 96 separate events staged here at Wallington. The events provided over this year, catered for the interests of all ages, I am sure that the National Trust staff will plan an equally fun packed and interesting year for 2012.
|Courtyard and Clock Tower - 14/11/2011.|
The year at Wallington is going to end in a similar way to its start here at Wallington. On my second visit following a night of severe gales, I was to see some of the damage. The car park exit road was blocked due to a fallen tree and other trees had been damaged in East Wood. It was to remind me of the 200 year old oak tree that fell in January and blocked the path to the Walled Garden by Garden Pond - a victim of the winter weather.
|Victim of the overnight gales - 14/11/2011.|
|Returning visitors to Garden Pond - 14/11/2011.|
|Christmas sunshine - 18/12/2011.|
|View from the House entrance - 18/12/2011.|
As 2011 draws to an end, this would be the end of the events programme for the year. It was well organised, well planned and certainly for my grandson, an enjoyable and exciting morning. All of the staff and volunteers have put in a great deal of time and effort to make this and all other events a great success. It was also a great Sunday morning out for me!
|West Lawn Avenue - 20/12/2011.|
|Roses on the south side of the House - 20/12/2011.|
|Ice forming on Garden Pond - 20/12/2011.|
|Mary Pool in Winter - 20/12/2011.|
|Conservatory in Winter - 20/12/2011.|