Adventures in the UK Day 1 – Nuffield Place

Since there hasn’t been anything interesting to report on the writing front lately, I thought I’d share some of my summer adventures with you on this blog instead.

I don’t write historical fiction, but I love to read it, and the UK is one of my favorite places to visit. My husband is British and his family lives in England, so for our summer vacation this year we flew over for a holiday and family reunion.

With my handy-dandy WordPress app I can quickly add photos from my phone into a post and publish while on our journey, so here we go…

Day 1 – Nuffield Place
Huntercombe, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Near my husband’s family home is a gem of a place where you can almost literally take a step back in time. The house has been kept exactly as it was when Lord Nuffield, founder of the Morris Motor Company, and his wife lived here. You can see all their personal possessions and furniture as if they’ve just popped out for a walk and will be back at any moment. Fascinating!!!

Below is a picture of one of the sitting rooms. Teacups on the table, magazines set aside as if someone has just put them down, figurines on the mantel like my mother has…

Nuffield Place has a charming lived-in feel that may remind you of your childhood or maybe your grandparents’ home if you grew up in England.

Nuffield Place Sitting RoomThe entire house is a beautiful snapshot frozen in time, filled with ordinary everyday products from the last century, as well as photos and memorabilia related to British royalty, including the abdication of Edward VIII, and the coronations of George VI and Elizabeth II. What’s also interesting is how modest and ordinary the home is for such a well-to-do family.

The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens that are also a must-see, and of course, no visit would be complete without a view of one the Morris Motors cars Lord Nuffield is famous for.
Morris Motors Car, Nuffield PlaceStay tuned for more!

Tomorrow we’re headed off to Portsmouth Naval Yard to view the recovered Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s huge warship that sank in 1545, and the HMS Victory. Should be interesting!!!
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