Surely it was a surprise to see so many people at Speke Hall for the 2nd Victorian Christmas Weekend. Last year we didn’t go, although I can’t remember why.
The volunteer told us about the pool table. Underneath the green fabric is slate, as is much more even than wood and it will not contract or expand due to temperature and humidity modifications.
The table has a very interesting story. It was in the family, when was sold and a volunteer saw it at a pub a few years ago. National Trust bought the table and it seems it is the same one.
A choir was signing Christmas carols in the Great Hall and it reminded me of my childhood. As I was born and raised in the Romania, I have to explain that. Well, at school, my English teacher would make us listen and sign carols before the winter break. While the other teachers were busy with math and grammar, she was making sure we are having fun.
On the way to the kitchen, we saw the Christmas decorations for the servants. It’s lovely they had decorations too. Not elaborate, but I think they had a lot of fun cutting the paper and glue it in a garland.
Well, if you don’t know, the mice were stocking fillers for poorer kids (like the tenant’s children). At a time when sugar was a luxury, having a mouse of sugar was quite extraordinary.