In the last few days I have received a number of emails asking what my life involves and if I have a career. As most of my posts have been about Fashion and Lifestyle I thought it might be a good idea to give you a taste of my life in 24 hours so that those of you who are interested can gain a better understanding. At University I studied Art History and my dream was to work for a renowned Gallery and eventually hold an executive position. Life has a funny way of surprising you and altering your plans rather radically. At University I met the Earl and as a result I have now dedicated my life to supporting our Estate and continuing the family legacy. I am very fortunate that in doing so I am able to live out my dreams and aspirations; Running a historic estate which houses an enormous collection of Art is beyond my career aspirations and has fulfilled me immensely. Here is a run down of 24 hours in my life..Enjoy!
6:00 A.M. I have always been an early riser and actually enjoy waking early to make the most of the day. As a child I went to Boarding School so I am more than used to waking early! By 6:15 I am up and ready, as is the Earl. We both eat a banana and play tennis for an hour. We have been doing this for the last two years at his suggestion and I have to admit it is the perfect way to wake up and prepare for the day ahead.
7:00 A.M. After Tennis, we head back to the house and I take a quick shower. Whilst my hair is still wet I dress and begin my beauty regime. (To learn more click here)
7:30 A.M. As ridiculous as this may seem, at 7:30 every morning except Sunday, I have my hair stylist come and Blow Dry my hair. Many people find it excessive but to me it is a necessity as my hair is thick and I would only get hot and bothered trying to do my own hair. My style is very simple, I keep my hair naturally brunette and normally wear it down with lots of volume. I normally wear pearl earrings so tuck my hair behind my ears and my parting down the middle.
8:00 A.M. Now that I am ready for the day I join the Earl in the Morning Room where we have a light breakfast and read the newspapers. I normally have Muesli with a slice of brown toast, green tea and fresh juice. I like to keep myself informed on current affairs and it is also a good way for me to later engage in conversation and discussion when attending Dinners and formal events.
8:30 A.M. After Breakfast it is time to walk the public areas of the house with the house managers. We do this every Morning to ensure that the house is at it’s full potential for public viewing. For special occasions such as Christmas, we discuss how we are going to decorate and arrange the house. We also rearrange the house regularly to keep the experience exciting for our visitors.
9:30 A.M. Now that we have walked the house, the house managers and I hold a short meeting in the boardroom to discuss our ideas and concerns with the Earl. The House and Gardens open to the public at 10:00 A.M so the team prepare for the day ahead.
10:15 A.M. Today is Monday and on this day every week, we have a team of Florists who refresh the flowers in the house. I have always adored flowers and think they really make a wonderful difference to the harmony of a home. I prefer white flowers and in particular, roses. The Florists use flowers that have grown on the Estate and from other suppliers. For special occasions such as Valentines day they will produce special displays in the main house. On Thursday we are holding a private dinner so they will return to refresh the display in the Dining Room, Drawing Rooms and Lavatories.
11:30 A.M. Today the Earl and I are being interviewed for a lifestyle magazine who want to discuss the house including the collection and how it is managed. This does not happen very often and I am rather nervous! It is a very pleasant and informal interview and they will be returning at a later stage where they will conduct a photo shoot.
1:00 P.M. After a busy Morning, we sit down and enjoy Lunch. I normally have a light lunch so that I still have an appetite for supper, however my Parents and Sister are visiting today so we are going to have afternoon tea. They stay for most of the afternoon and we have a delightful time in their company!
4:00 P.M At this time the Earl and I walk our dogs. We have three West Highland Terriers whom I adore, they are my children for now. We walk them around the Estate as this is a good opportunity to talk to visitors and enjoy the countryside. Although I do enjoy the City, I have to say we are so lucky to have such wonderful Countryside in Britain; The views are exceptionally stunning.
7:00 P.M. The Earl and I usually have supper at this time, however as we have indulged in a hefty Afternoon Tea, we are not going to eat much today. After supper we retire to our Sitting room where we relax by reading, surfing the internet or watching television. I enjoy reading Vogue magazine which usually results in me shopping online! This is also the time that I have now began to blog for Countess Undercover.
9:00 P.M. I like to take a bath every evening around this time as I am usually exhausted by now. I ensure that my en-suite is a heavenly environment by lighting candles. My favourite are Jo Malone and in particular I adore her Nectarine Blossom & Honey Candle and bath oil. The aroma is exceptionally exquisite and it is the time of the day where I am most indulgent. I usually spend an hour bathing until I am totally relaxed.
10:30 P.M. The Earl and I retire to our bedroom suite, where we continue to relax. When designing this room I wanted to create a separate lounge area with luxuriant furnishings so that we could relax before sleeping in private. I also use this time to choose ensembles for the next day. I find that if you do this, you are going to dress with more care rather rushing in the morning.
11:45 P.M. I normally sleep between 11 and 12 so that I can get a good rest. After a long day I cannot wait to get into bed and enjoy total comfort and relaxation. We have a four poster bed and there is nothing more cosy or comforting than drawing the curtains around the bed and falling into a beautiful deep sleep!
The Countess x
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