Sunday, March 28, 2010

Get your lesson in English history!!!

As some of you told me, they find it very interesting to learn more about the places Lippe's hosts live in, I did some research and talked to Fuzzy, to add more information to my new blog post about Lippe's time in Oakham. So, get ready for a little, funny lesson in English history!!!

Fuzzy and his pal Wheatus take great effort in showing Lippe around!!! They already took two trips into the countryside with him!!! One led them to Rutland Water by bus and the other to Burghley House.

Okay, let's start off with Rutland Water:

Rutland Water is a drinking water reservoir in the county of Rutland, not far away from Fuzzy's hometown Oakham. It is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe - set in 3,100 acres (13 km²) of countryside and has a 25 mile (40 km) circular track for walking or biking.

In 1975, the Gwash Valley was flooded and Nether Hambleton, as well, as most of Middle Hambleton, were demolished. Upper Hambleton survived and now sits on the Hambleton Peninsula within the lake.

Normanton avoided flooding, but St. Matthew's Church did not. An embankment was built around the church, so that it's upper part could become a prominent feature, showing the reservoir's story to the public. Nowadays, it's a museum, presenting the history of Rutland Water.

Rutland Water is a reservoir, but also a sports center. Visitors enjoy fishing, sailing, biking, walking birdwatching and of course resting there...

But it has been a long day at Rutland Water and time came, to wait for the bus home!!!

Please, note the funky red waistcoat, Fuzzy's human made for Lippe!!! He is being treated like a prince!!! To me, Fuzzy, Wheatus and Lippe are "Team Red" now!!!

But there is much to see around Oakham and their motto is: "Another day, another attraction"!!!

Next stop: Burghley House!!!

Burghley House was built for Sir William Cecil (later called Baron Burghley) by the end of the 16th century and was completed in 1587, situated in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Baron Burghley was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, which means, he knew better about money than her - you know girls and money = plenty of shoes and dresses, but no money left...

Burghley House became the residence of Baron Burghley's descendants, the Earls and Marquesses of Exeter and is now owned by a charitable trust.

It is one of the principal examples of the 16th century English Elizabethan architecture and has 35 major rooms, more than 80 lesser rooms, plus halls, corridors and bathrooms!!! I'm more than glad to hear, no one got lost inside there!!!

The house is set in a 300 acre deer park, which is home to a herd of fellow deer!!! Of course, Lippe had to pay the deer a visit as well!!! One of them was not shy at all and came really close, so that Wheatus was able to take this pawsome pic of Fuzzy, Lippe and the deer!!!

Then, they went into the shop, which is no surprise to me, as Lippe loves to shop!!! But what they found in the shop really surprised me - my salt and pepper look-alikes!!! I guess, Lippe was surprised to see me at Burghley House too!!!

Before they left homebound, Fuzzy told Lippe, that Burghley House is also well known for historical movies. Even parts of "The Da Vinci Code" were shot there!!!

You may find all the latest pics in Fuzzy's TwitPic as well!!!

And if you haven't met @i_am_fuzzy and @Wheatus24 yet, it's time to get to know them!!!


  1. OMD you has stunt doubles all over the place! Thank you for sharing the history about the places Lippe is visiting.

  2. Wow sounds likes dat Lippe iz havin one pawsum adventure fur sure.

    I can no waits to see where hims heds next.

    travel safely Lippe

  3. I've gotta get Mom some of those "Mookie shakers"! I'm sure she'd love 'em...

  4. Wow so much history Lippe will be a professor at the university in Koln when he gets back. Love those Mookie salt and pepper shakers.

  5. It's always so much fun to read your posts friend. I like the extra information too about the areas Lippie is visiting. I find it fascinating and educational.


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