Side View’s weekend theme: A grand entrance

My friend, Side View, has as usual, given us a weekend theme to interpret in our own way. “A grand entrance,” reminded me of our 1995 visit to my Sister-in-law’s wonderful 18th century Georgian home in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.  This mansion used to belong to the Waterford Crystal family, and was very grand indeed, although in need of a little TLC.

The feature I loved the most, was the gorgeous staircase which led down into the vast entrance hall,

in which was housed a wonderful Concert Grand piano, which of course I just had to try out for myself. 😉

I was imagining how many people in beautiful evening dress, had made a grand entrance down this staircase, as they made their way through to the ballroom which she had converted into a dance studio.