In my mind I like to compare myself to Achilles. I am one strong superhuman capable of resisting the most pernicious, vicious, dangerous monster of our times: advertising. Brainwashed I may be by all the glitter and the glamour but still I stand strong in order to appease my master and second monster of our time: the credit card. At least, so I thought until Blenheim Palace sent me one email to advertise their Christmas event and I took my camera there in a flash, thinking of the pictures I would take to supplement this very post and down £23 for the annual entrance.
As ascertained by other posts on this blog, I am fond of Blenheim Palace. I have visited it in all seasons but never at this time of year, thinking I would miss the enchanting vegetation that makes the gardens so unique. I was wrong however as Blenheim Palace, home to Churchill and only non-royal property in the UK with the title of Palace, is as beautiful under the cold light as it is in the warm tones of June.
This season, the Palace showcases its home grown Christmas trees and you can buy them at the entrance for what I though was a very decent price. It was also nice to see Christmassy touches pop up everywhere in the house, from the two giant trees in the hallway to the floral arrangements on various pieces of furniture and the festive table.
I thought I wouldn’t venture in the gardens given the wet weather but again, what a joy it was to have them almost to myself at 3pm. The fading light was casting its bronze shimmer over the lake and I wished I had been a much better photographer as I failed miserably to capture it on camera. Even more impressive is the feeling of calm and serenity that arose from the lake view and almost made me understand what meditation is all about!
In the end I had to tear myself apart from this zen setting in order to return to more prosaic pursuits such as Friday evening traffic and buying some Blenheim chocolate in their large gift shop. Well, if I am Achilles, I get to have a weakness don’t I?
ça fait rêver, un Noël à Blenheim Palace!
I love Blenheim Palace! My husband and I visit every time we’re in the Cotswolds. Your photos are fantastic! Thanks so very much for sharing. Happy Holidays! 🙂
Thank you for your comment. Happy holidays to you too.
Reblogged this on fourth generation farmgirl and commented:
I absolutely love the Cotswolds. Whenever my husband and I are in the area, we always visit Blenheim Palace–birthplace of Winston Churchill. I would like to share a post by Emma, author of The Cotswolds Wanderer blog. She visits the loveliest places and shares her observations and stunning photographs. I hope you’ll visit her blog as well as enjoy this beautiful and festive post.
Lovely photos – we renewed recently, then discovered we also had a grounds pass through RHS!
Wonderful post and pictures! Thanks to the Fourth Generation Farmgirl for the introduction 🙂 I visited the Cotswolds almost six years ago and Blenheim Palace was one of my favorite stops. It also brought Winston Churchill alive for me and introduced me to his wisdom.