Christmas really does come earlier every year! This year it happened a few weeks ago - well it did for us lot, anyway.
23 of us arrived at Wilton House with our Santa hats, stockings, prezzies, tinsel, and a huge Christmas tree, ready to pose for the December photo. We were met by the charming Nigel Bailey who is the House Manager, and he showed us into the Double Cube Room which is where the photograph was to be shot.
For those of you who are not familiar with this room, it is a magnificent state room, dating from the 16th century, is 60ft long by 30ft wide and with a 30ft high ceiling painted with images of Perseus. It is decorated in gold and red, and on the walls hang Van Dyck paintings of Charles I. Wilton House has been used for many period films such as Mrs Brown, The Madness of King George, Pride and Prejudice and The Young Victoria. I wonder whether it's ever had 23 naked ladies prancing about in it? Perhaps not.
Wait till you see the photo taken by Mandy Milford from Hilltop Studio - it is fabulous. And a special surprise photo, also taken at the same time, will appear on the back cover of the calendar. Can't tell you what it is, but it's something to do with Santa hats!
On the way out, I bumped into the Earl of Pembroke who is the President of the Stars Appeal. I thanked him for the use of his home, and he remarked "Ah, you're those Calendar Girls aren't you?" He told me that what we were doing was a great thing and hoped to get his own copy of the calendar when it is published.
What a memorable morning.