Friday, 30 December 2011


Christmas luncheon with Her Grace!  This is the Grand Dining Room at Chatsworth, home of the Cavendish family and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire  A beautifully arranged table, chairs lined up for dozens of guests, trees laden with baubles, it is a feast for the eyes with dashing red walls, golden ceiling and huge crescents of lights and candles - what more could you want?? just a jolly good ironing of the tablecloth and a tweak to get it straight,  sorry,  I wish I hadn't noticed it!


  1. I so agree with you.
    Part of the joy of having good linen for me is seeing it after its well ironed.
    Sleeping under a freshly laundered sheet is wonderful.

    Happy 2012 to you.


  2. It is quite dreadful and not what one would expect from such an establishment!!! Happy New Year Buff x

  3. When my telegraph was delivered it was the first thing I noticed too. I did wonder if creased linen was in fashion!

  4. And I bet Her Grace noticed it too when the magazine came out-heads will roll. On the servant side of things, just HOW would you iron something this size? In place? Or with a mangle I suppose. I noticed it right off and just knew what your post was going to refer to. Thanks for the giggle.

  5. Needs a good starching not just an iron. Send it round to me - I'm an expert - just finished a huge pile for a banquet.

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