Yesterday we decided, the weather looked good ~ yes here in Somerset. The sun was shining brightly! We took ourselves off to A' La Ronde near Exmouth in Devon. As we crossed the Somerset-Devon border on the motorway the weather changed dramatically. The heavens opened, we couldn't believe it! But we had a really great time there. The house itself isn't very big and on a clear day you can see the sea! This house is famous for the shell gallery but the public are not allowed to view it close-up because it is quite delicate, but there is a video, and you can view it through mirrors too. Around one of the rooms there is a frieze of pictures made entirely of feathers. Fascinating place, it showed what people did before television. Embroidery, Shell collecting, making pictures from different objects - great ideas that have been lost in time.
The weather was so atrocious, the curaters of the house are prepared, they make you feel very welcome, they take your wet coats and hang them up.
You are not allowed to take pictures in the house, but the Laundry was in an outbuilding.
The washing machine
there is also a tiny sink just next to the this tub for delicates and hand washing
The soap powder
You grated the soap in to the hot water.
The pre wash tub
For really soiled washing
and for the clean wash to be taken to the spin dryer
The spin dryer
We stopped off at Morrison's for a gooey cream cake, which is what we probably would have had if we had stayed longer
We like to share, sorry there was only enough for two, we had these with Earl Grey Tea
More pictures of A' La Ronde can be found here