Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Yuletide Tour: Winterthur Museum

 This March I received a delightful birthday gift from my Aunt- tickets to an exhibit of Downton Abbey Costumes at the lovely Winterthur Museum in Delaware. Turns out our scheduling conflicts and delays worked to our advantage as, visiting just this past week, we were also luckily able to catch the museum's festive Holiday Yuletide Tour. 
This vast elegant estate, formerly home of the du Ponts, boasts extensive gardens, fascinating collections of American antiques and a busy research library. Although my camera sadly was being uncooperative, I thought I'd share a few photos anyway, and to our Downton fans, I'll be including photos from the wonderful exhibit in a future post.
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The blue tree accented with daffodils echoes flowers on the grounds come spring

 An avid horticulturist, du Pont no doubt would have been pleased this floral tree brimming with hydrangeas and peonies

a sweet feather tree and tea by the fire

the "Downton" tree is adorned with pearls, crowns and little bells (shall we ring for Carson)
Gifts arranged in labeled individual baskets- such a charming idea

 Holiday music of the day
 a spot of tea
The soaring conservatory features a towering tree and pops of red poinsettias

Wishing everyone 
the 
Joys of the Season


14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful exhibition. I particularly love the hydrangea and peony tree, such beautiful colours! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year to you and yours xx

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    1. Thanks so much! My camera was acting up so I wish my photos were better but it was a wonderful exhibit
      Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015 to you!

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  2. Christina,
    I love the daffodil blue tree. I must pin that photo to remember the look for next Christmas. I'm looking forward to following along in 2015.

    Joyeux Noël,

    Judith

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    1. Thanks so much! sorry my photos didn't do it justice- The blue tree was beautiful and so unique- the room had fabulous hand made blue toned wallpaper !

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  3. The flower tree is amazing! Looks like a lovely old house!

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    1. Everything was so beautifully done- I can't imagine how long that flower tree took! lol

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    1. Thanks Gina! I hope to go back for a visit in the spring - it is a lovely place :)

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  5. What a thoughtful gift. So glad you got to enjoy it during the holiday season. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy healthy prosperous New Year.

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    1. It was such fun and a nice way to spend time with friends and family but wish my camera was more cooperative lol- Thanks for popping by- All the best for a Happy 2015!

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  7. Christina, how silly of Me,I got confused when Google+ showed up when I hit Your comment on My post.I thought "This can't be Christina's blog,this lady's name is Penny." So glad I worked it out in My aging mind.These beautiful places as You visited are just My cup of tea around the holidays esp.A few years ago I visited Hearst Castle in Dec. and they had the same festivities going on too.Hoping all is well with You and Your family.Happy New Year -Denise

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    1. LOL- Oh too funny!
      I get so confused with google+ too
      So glad you enjoyed the post- wish my camera had cooperated but the place was lovely-
      I'd love to go to Hearst castle some day!
      Happy 2015!

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