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We celebrated Autumn with Apple Day at the National Trust’s Fenton House yesterday Despite the grey skies, the barely altered 17th century merchant’s house and beautifully maintained gardens were a great setting for the festivities. The grounds are a glorious combination of formal lawn, terrace, topiary, clipped yew hedges, sunken rose garden, kitchen garden and 300 year old orchard. In the house are a number of fascinating, informally presented, collections including 19 historical keyboard and other instruments, Meissen figures and art works and the opportunity to enjoy the view from the attic level balcony. On the way from the bus stop I took a detour up Back Lane to get a photo of the plaque signifying cover by one of the first fire insurance companies. Leaving Fenton House we noticed interesting wall ‘plaques’ on the neighbour’s wall, we cut along Holly Mount and down the steps passed Golden Yard, right at the bottom and left on to the High Street at the tube station, pondering again on who the jaunty looking young woman looking down on us all might be (I can’t find any clues on the www). We hadn’t planned to, but we then carried on walking down Belsize Hill through Chalk Farm and onto the canal and home.