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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Photo a Week : Vibrant

Today I am joining Nancy with her weekly photography challenge. This week the theme is vibrant so I am having a go at a few suitable pictures.
The first one that came to mind was this one that I took at the wedding last week. I love the contrast of dress from one side of the photo to the other.

Then I have chosen some vibrant flowers. This was at Barley Wood.

These malope flowers growing in my garden are very similar to mallow but a far more vibrant colour.

Then this bright dahlia is in the vegetable garden.

I think they all meet the criteria.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A Victorian Home

We have been making visits to Tyntesfield House since it was acquired by the National Trust. We were fortunate to be invited to visit before it was open to the general public. The house was in many ways much as it had been left when the last Lord Wraxall to live there died. The auctioneers had spent some time collecting items into lots so there was a large amount of house contents bundled up together. There were cobwebs of many years hanging in the corners. The staircase carpet was threadbare and the curtains were so frail they looked like they could just disintegrate.
Since then we have made regular visits and seen a gradual restoration of the house and gardens including a tour of the nurseries and servant quarters. We have hence become familiar with its contents.

 It is a while since I last looked around the house and I was in for a bit of a suprise. A lot of items have been removed and one sitting room which I always thought looked  a comfortable room to spend time has been completely stripped and turned into a games room. I hope that this is just to keep in tune with the current theme "Changing Times" which focuses on the period 1887 - 1907 when Antony Gibbs lived in the house. I would be sorry if the house remained like this and didn't embrace the story of all those who lived there.
There were however many familiar items to be seen including this perambulator and invalid bath chair.

One of the most fascinating rooms which is virtually untouched is the Billiard Room. The billiard table is almost unique and ahead of its time with a hot pipe underneath to provide heating to the table to make the balls move more easily. There are carvings on each of the panels around the edge depicting various sporting scenes such as badminton, tennis, hawking and cock fighting.

It was also innovative in having an electric score system.

I wondered whether this coat of arms name plate on front of the safe in the pantries would count as a plaque for the Summertime Photography Hunt.

There are also a number of stained glass windows around the house this being one of the finest.

No doubt we will make another visit and it will be interesting to see what changes there are next time.

Monday, 14 August 2017

A New Visitor

I don't normally post a lot pictures of our friends on my blog but this weekend we have had some special visitors. My oldest friend who I have known since we were 10 years old came to stay with her husband and her daughter's family. There has been an addition to the family since last year who we were thrilled to meet.

We all went for a trip to Tyntesfield.

Where we also met up with some other friends.

And had a bit of fun going around the house and gardens.

Monty was very tolerant of the young visitor. 

She also met the most senior member of the farm who was delighted to see her.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

A Few More

Over the last few days I have collected a few more finds which are possibilities for the Summer Photography Hunt.

1. Something Fuzzy
This plant definitely comes into that category.

6. A Pipe
Another gloriously horrible gargoyle.

Another old drain pipe.

7. The Inside of Something 
The centre of a laurel hedge feature at Nymans in Sussex.

14. Someone Fishing 
This fisherman stood up at just the right moment for me!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Hat

What better place is there to find a hat than a wedding? I found a few for No. 25 of the Summer Photo Hunt A Hat at the wedding. There were several ladies in some stylish numbers.

Then there was the smart chauffeur.

The next day I visited a garden (more of that to come) and sun hats were needed by some.

I think I know my choice. Which would you choose?

Friday, 11 August 2017

A Wedding and Reunion in One

I was honoured yesterday to see the son of one of my friends get married. It made for a very special day where I not only enjoyed a wedding but had the chance to meet up with my college friends from 40 years back. We meet every year but this was definitely one of the best.

The young couple both live in Egypt. They both have British mothers and Egyptian fathers. One is Moslem and one Christian so this was indeed a multi faith day that was embraced by the vicar in a most touching way.

Add to this a Scottish family heritage and you have a day to remember.

The bride of course looked beautiful and soon overcame her initial nerves. 

The reception was held at a stunning location. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief that the torrential rain of the previous day had gone just leaving a little dampness underfoot.

It was equally atmospheric when the sun went down.

Here we all are looking just as good as we did as freshers forty years ago.

We had no trouble dancing the night away.

Although there were a few aches at breakfast this morning!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Take Three Thursday: Cone Flowers

A very quick post today as I shortly leave for a wedding. Here are a few of the cone flowers from my visit to Barley Wood Walled Garden.