We’d planned to go to Chester Zoo today, but as it’s an adopters day, we figured it might be a bit busy. We are all exhausted after the week we’ve just had, and I’m still not feeling great, so we decided to leave Chester Zoo for another day, and head to Erddig, the local National Trust place instead! What I didn’t realise until a friend pointed it out, is that this weekend is Erddig’s 25th Annual Apple Festival! Well, D and I love apples, so it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Some of you may recall we went to Erddig on a beautiful day earlier this year, and it really is a spectacular house and gardens – it looks amazing on a sunny day. Despite it being early October, today has been a beautiful day – the only sign that colder days are ahead is a slightly chilly breeze, but long sleeves and a jumper were enough to keep that at bay.
We had a lovely wander around the gardens, and saw some of the attractions they’ve put on for the festival – a melodeon workshop (it’s like an accordion but smaller, I think), a guitarist and harmonica player in one of the courtyards, and various musicians in the main gardens. We had a picnic sat on the grass, listening to a jazz band and singer play beautiful versions of songs like ‘At Last’ and ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. There was a Punch & Judy show going on, but they freak D out so we gave that one a miss, and other activities like Have-A-Go archery and lots of local craft stalls. We then went for a stroll, listening to a local show band play and taking lots of photographs. We watched someone making apple juice with a press they made themselves, and then bought a bottle of quite possibly the sweetest, tastiest apple juice I have ever tasted! It was a really good day, and considering the event itself was free once you’d paid to get into the gardens, it was such good value too! Here’s a selection of pictures of our day.
And as for this last photo… well, how was I supposed to resist?