After the Pit village we made our way back up the road to Home Farm.
The Farm has a beautiful farm house, stables, barns, two cottages & vegetable garden.
Home Farm is set in the 1940's, it shows how the countryside was in wartime.
The vegetable garden at the farm. I think the fence will be on our to do list in the spring, hopefully it will help keep the little rabbits out of our vegetables.
Mary day dreaming
There is a beautiful duck pond at the farm, we would love some ducks.
There are two old labourer's cottages on the farm, this one is called Orchard Cottage & is set out to have evacuee's living there. The twins loved the Ludo game.
At the back of Orchard Cottage is an Anderston shelter, Sidney was straight in there. Not the girls though, Kitty especially does not like anything dirty unless it is planting flowers.
Inside Garden Cottage with it beautiful cast iron range, this cottage is set out as the Land Girls would have been billeted here.
The front of Home Farm, to the far side is the farm house & to the near is the stables.
Danny & the twins walking in to the old stables, there were two shire horses in there.
A vintage tractor pulling out to work on the fields. The following weekend was a ploughing celebration so they were getting ready for it.
The Pantry at Home Farm.
Such a beautiful large room, how I could fill those shelves. They have some lovely old hooks for hanging meat & drying things. We have some of those in our cottage, I do wonder what was hang on them many years ago.
The farmhouse kitchen, they have a lovely large old kitchen range always so warm & welcoming. The settle is original to the house, such a lovely shade of old green.
Bobby meeting a very large pig.
The orchard at Home Farm laden with apples.
The farm has many dry stone walls, a favourite of mine.
Yorkshire, County Durham & The Lakes are full of them.
The last stop on our day out was to the Georgian Landscape,
which includes Pockerley Old Hall, old house, gardens & farmstead.
The first record of a settlement at Pockerley
dates back to 1183,
there is such a feel of history in this magical place.
This is by far my favourite place in the living museum.
The Manor House dates back to the late 1700's
& is built from local sand stone.
We found this back lane that we hadn't walked before,
I love our English countryside.
Mary caught them up in the end.
& then she came back to Mum.
We entered Pockerley Old Hall set in the 1820's through the back kitchen or scullery.
This room was used for heating water, washing clothes & dishes.
Peat is used on the fire in the scullery.
This room does remind me of home.
The Pantry, I love the simple look in here.
Preserves made in the kitchen.
This room is so beautiful, there is always something baking, today it was cheese thins.
This kitchen has a very early cast iron range, it also has an older brick bread oven in a beehive shape. We have a brick beehive bread oven in our inglenook fireplace at home, that was one of the first things that I loved when we viewed the cottage which we now call home.
An early court cupboard.
The bureau in the parlour full of old papers.
One of the things we love about Beamish is the fact that you can touch & feel everything, they really get you feeling the history. Not many museums would let you play games.
Front of the old hall.
Next to the hall is the medieval strong house.
The roof timbers in here date back to the 1440's.
The children love the old spinning wheel & have a go at carding.
The items in this house are so beautiful.
The fireplace in the medieval strong house, it has a beautiful chimney crane & there is always something bubbling in the pot.
Above the fireplace is a rack called a flake, this is used for drying oatcakes.
Making tallow candles & rush lights.
The vegetable garden, the gardens in the Georgian landscape are set out as gardens would have been around the 1820's.
Simple Bee Skep.
On our way through the woods back home.
It was a perfect day, one I will treasure for a long time.
Enjoy your day