Another fabulous weather day enjoying England, at Cragside today with our friends Sheila & Paul and their children. Cragside House itself is impressive, built in the mid 1800s by William Armstrong and sitting in vast spectacular grounds:

We first headed to the hilltop lakes, man-made also in the 1800s to create a head of water for Armstrong’s inventions such as a hydraulically powered lift in the house and, eventually, hydro-electric generation! But before all that, a picnic and walk around the lakes:


Later, we toured the house, set up still as it would have been back in the late 1800s:


We also found repeats of our trip a few times – this Olympic flower decoration for example:

Finally, we learned that it was Armstrong that supplied the equipment that operated Tower Bridge, that we visited a while ago:

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