So our roadtrip began ( don’t you think roadtrip in the UK sounds a bit strange ? Maybe it’s just me). We had planned some stops along the way , the first one was the National Memorial Arboretum the UK’s year round centre of Remembrance, it commemorates and celebrates those who have given their lives for their country. It is a charity and is run by a team of staff and volunteers and is home to the Armed Forces Memorial, which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to current conflicts. It was very busy full of veterans and their families.
We left after some lunch and drove onto Derbyshire and Hardwick Hall one of the grand houses now looked after and maintained by the National Trust. We didn’t leave enough time to see everything in the house, it was huge, no flash or tripods are allowed in the house and curtains are closed to save the tapestries. So it really wasn’t possible to take photographs. Bess of Hardwick as she was known is one of of the most notable figures of Elizabethan England, she married four times and by the end of her life was the second wealthiest woman after Elizabeth I. She was of modest birth which makes her story even more interesting ..