You think you know how rich people live? Well, I’ve watched TV. Lifestyles of the rich and famous. I can honestly say I didn’t get it. Not till this mystery trip. Chatsworth home of the Duke of Devoshire.
made the Welsh castle, Castell Coch, look like a humble country abode.
The picture above….. That’s the barn.
This is the back door. The owners.
Can you imagine sitting down to supper here? All that stuff in the centre is real silver as are all the place settings. I don’t know if you can see but the silver forks are set with the tines down in case someone has a sleeve with lace. It had two big fireplaces.
Or a four foot tall one of these for a little birthday gift?
Or this for a cozy little bedroom? Where even looking up in bed is plush.
Maybe you would prefer the one with hand painted walls?
Or maybe one of these?
Oh and don’t forget life size family pictures on almost every wall.
That is, the ones that don’t have actual Rembrants or a little Reuben’s hanging there. (Rembrandt has always been my favorite. )
Or if you prefer sculpture maybe one or two of these might be your favorites.
The stone was cut here to make you actually think that was real fabric draped over the face of the life size domestic goddess, Hestia holding her little flame.
Of courseI like dogs so this one caught me eye. Sad story for this dog waiting for his handsome shepherd to wake that never will, some desirous goddess having put him into a forever sleep so she could enjoy seeing him forever. The foot of that dog looked so real.
Or maybe for inspiration you would like to look into the face of Alexander the Great who, by the way, is looking into the face of Napolean. Both of them larger than life size.
And my personal favorite, being a Leo.
Although his sleeping friend was much less terrifying.
My one regret on this whole trip has been my broken camera back home and having to take photos with just my almost full iPhone. Or I could have shown you tons more of what real rich looks like. I didn’t get a photo of the solid gold laver they baptized children in.
Maybe the fact that they had, before the Second World War, over 250 servants who have their own town on site with its own church or that they have projected spending 74 million dollars in the next ten years on upkeep and repairs
Even the rich need to be smart. So they have tours and the barn is turned into a shop.
So thanks to my cousin I now have at least a clue on what money can buy if you have more than you could ever spend. What a mystery trip!