Yes, that is my daughter holding a big, freaking tarantula. I'll explain in a minute . . .
I just happened to catch on the radio that Sunday was the 5th annual Derbyshire (County) Day. They came up with a county flag 5 years ago and have been celebrating it since. This year it was at Sudbury Hall which is a National Trust property only about 20-25 minutes away. We'd not been so we thought we see the house and see what they had set up for Derbyshire Day.
Sudbury Hall is "the country home of the Lords Vernon, a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals." The house was also used as the internal Pemberly scenes in the BBC dramatization of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We were also told that Mt. Vernon in Virginia was named in honor of one of the Lord Vernons that owned this estate (not sure if it was the first one or later on).
There were 20-30 small tents set up to promote/sell local goods and activities. The animal rescue tent in the back corner was the biggest hit though some of the food booths were good too. I've got some "fruit cheese" to try with our next guests!
A little later it was reptile time (turtles, lizards, snakes, etc.)
Nicole's favorite was this little (dwarf?) lemming.
big-eyed close up
another ceiling shot