Despite the problems of unlocking after Lockdown the staff at Erddig were able to open up the servants quarters for the end of season. These areas were interesting enough to entice us to a return visit next year when more of the house will be open.
It may be a window on another world, and I know some people approve neither the display of wealth nor what it stands for. But these homes also provided employment, a roof, and food for many who would have nothing otherwise. It was a different time, and thankfully we have moved on, but erasing the past also erases the lessons that must be learnt. They were not the good old days, but I suspect that today’s generation will be looked back on critically and perhaps, even, with a sense of shame.
Enjoy what you have, just because you have it. We are each unique and each experience is a one-off. The best we can do is to question without trying to justify. Marilyn, X
Beautiful gardens and that Virginia Creeper is stunning! I always find it interesting to visit the servants’ quarters in stately homes; they provide a different perspective on life there. I think your concluding reflections are spot on. We can’t simply brush the past under the carpet because we don’t like some aspects of it or are ashamed of what our ancestors did. Talk about it or not, showcase it or not, we can’t change the fact that it happened. And are we so very perfect?! I think not!!
Thanks Sarah. Always good to know I’m not just talking, words drifting away in the wind. Wasting breath on what shouldn’t have happened doesn’t leave much for what should be happening. M, x