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Boarders’ Outing

The Saturday trip for the boarders this weekend was to Blickling Hall. They had the opportunity to explore the house and gardens, which were looking beautiful, and, since it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, they looked for gifts. They particularly liked the very cute Egyptian goslings, pictured below, that wandered past them in the grounds.

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Boarders explore Blickling Hall

Last weekend our boarders took advantage of the miserable weather to explore Blickling Hall in North Norfolk. Once in the ownership of the famous Boleyn family, this magnificent early seventeenth-century stately home provided plenty to interest the girls. They were suitably impressed by the artwork on the walls and expressed a sudden desire to wear the big dresses of the 17th Century and have silver service at supper each night! Thankfully this wore off when they were told they would also have to do the washing up afterwards.

The staff at Blickling were kind enough to open up some of the secret doors and cupboards so the girls could see the “real” Blickling. The weather cleared up enough to head outside and smell the famous hyacinth borders before making a beeline for the shop.

Miss Cushing


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Boarders visit Blickling Hall

On a cold but sunny Saturday the boarders, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Crump and Mrs Swallow, ventured out to Blickling Hall near Cromer. Once in the ownership of the famous Boleyn family, this magnificent early seventeenth century stately home provided plenty to interest the girls.

After a picnic in the orchard, they explored the grand interior, making good use of the friendly and informative guides stationed in each room. They  were lucky enough to be in the long gallery when a lutenist, dressed in period costume, was providing a melodious background to the impressive and valuable library of leather-bound volumes.

After the inside tour, a walk in the grounds allowed a group to make use of the hall’s croquet set, provided for the entertainment of visitors.  A visit to the well-equipped shop rounded off an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

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Mr Crump
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