This stunning Georgian villa was originally built in 1766 by Sir John Boyd who was besotted by his young bride. In it's heyday it was the most sumptuous house, filled with the trappings of Georgian wealth and stood in 600 acres of grounds. The family lost their fortune in the 1800s. The original wings at the side of the house were demolished at that time and the house was sold on. By the 1920s it was virtually derelict and it was acquired by Bexleyheath council. They sold off a huge chunk of the land and opened the rest as a park. Amazingly a lot of the original features survived,despite the building not being inhabited for many years.
English Heritage acquired the house in 1995 as it was noted to be a house of significant historical importance and it was made a listed building. English Heritage and Lottery funding was approved and the house has been lovingly restored and several rooms put back to their original Georgian splendour. It was reopened by the Queen in 1996.
The staircase is most unique in that it is oval and top lit. The Japanese flags at the top are for a current exhibition being held in the upstairs rooms.
This is the view from the window looking out to only a quarter of the land it once owned! The grounds must have been so vast in it's day.
As we are now in September and the weeks are racing away I have been trying to get some more Christmas cards made. My card today has been inspired by my visit to Danson House and uses a gorgeous "Vintage" stamp made by Stampendous called Snowy Postcard. I admired this stamp last year on several people's blogs but I could not buy it anywhere, as it sold out. I vowed to still buy it after Christmas and eventually managed to purchase it from an American web site earlier this year. I finally inked it up and here is my first creation.
I just love this stamp and you will see me using it on some other cards I am sure. I have stamped it on Kraft card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Country View Crafts Challenges layers
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge get inky/painty
Winter Wonderland How charming - add a charm
Christmas at sweet stamping animals my winter animal is the cute reindeer charm
Sparkles creations weekly Christmas challenges something new my new is the stamp, lace and the snowflake border die.
ABC U is for unlimited (anything goes)
Bunny Zoe's monthly card challenge Bingo my line is diagonal; lace/sparkle/charm
Natalie and Amy Embossing
The weather has been just glorious again this weekend and I am heading out to the garden again after lunch. Just to cheer those of you who cannot consider Christmas until 1 December here are some sunny photos I took yesterday. Just look at that sky. Despite autumn only being 21 days away we are still enjoying a glorious summer here in the south of England. Enjoy the rest of today.
Bye for now,