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... not French, is the language of England and it's old empire.
Construction of the floridly ornate, embarassingly enormous house took decades. John Churchill died after living in the partially finished home for only 2 years. Ultimately it was his wife who saw the plans through to completion.
There followed a string of rather torrid stories of infidelity, heir deficiency and profligate spend-thriftery that I will spare you at the moment. ...
... was born. The first Duke's father was also a Sir Winston Churchill. We also saw a little pavilion in the garden where the future Prime Minister proposed to his wife. The house contains another extraordinary collection of gorgeous furnishings, statues, tapestries, and enormous gilt-framed paintings, and many of the walls and ceilings are adorned with lifesize murals. Once again we were wowed by the sheer scale and opulence of ...
... plan than running. Luckily everyone else agreed that it was a good plan, so we all closed up shop early and walked over to the Turf for dinner. It was packed, and it took us a while to find enough table space and chairs for everyone, but we did finally manage it. It was really nice to just relax for the evening and chat with everyone about stuff other than work (though of course work did come up, as it always does). It turns out Pete knows a ...
... the gardens.I started with a walk through the Water Terrace and then down along the lake to the cascades and pump house. The terrain was a little treacherous and steep. Additionally, there were teeny, tiny frogs all over the place, so you had to be very careful not to step on one. After walking around the park for a couple hours, I walked back to the Palace to have a late lunch. On my walk back I paused to watch a little bit of a cricket match ...
... and instrumental pieces, as expected. No dancing, surprisingly. Kate and I did our rap, and the kids seemed to like it. The adults all loved it, of course. We dressed up in baggy shorts and t-shirts and I think it came out well. Then The Tom Boys performed after us. Their song was hysterical, and the kids loved it. A Cappella was really good as well, although they didn't seem super energetic, but I think that was just nerves. ...