The Stable here at Belle Grove is listed in ‘Cottages to Castles – the 50 Best Places to Rent’ in The Times today 21 February, illustrated by this photo.
Straplined ‘Mughal Jewel Box‘, the decor combines Eastern decorative elements with contemporary comfort. Rajasthani sari bedspreads & embroidered silk curtains + lamps & rugs from Syria alongside digital shower, Bose music system and underfloor heating! What with the chandeliers & mirrors referred to in the article, could it be considered a tad ‘over the top’? What the hell, why not?! And as those of you who’ve stayed here will know, there’s many other options on site…
Don’t you just love that word Candlemas, the very word evoking images of flickering candles in front of cosy log fires?
But it’s really about marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox – the end of the 3 months which have the lowest daily energy from sunlight. In other words, things can only improve and we can dare to think of spring (especially with the snowdrops out).
That doesn’t mean the chances of a wintry spell are less. Far from it in my experience. Indeed, as the old sayng goes
“If Candlemas day be fair and bright Winter will have another flight
If on Candlemas day it be shower or rain
Winter is gone and will not come again”
It’s sure been ‘fair and bright’ today so, much as part of me loves the magic of snow, I’m not sure whether to hope for a repetition of this…