Category Archives: Country Houses & Gardens

In the Garden

As promised in my previous post, ‘In the Mirror Pool’, the focus today is on the gardens at Upton House. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time walking round those gardens, spotting the best specimens of Aster, Dahlia, and Geranium that … Continue reading

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In the Mirror Pool

Last week, stumped for new ideas for a day out, my wife checked through the National Trust handbook and found Upton House. She’s a good finder-outer. It’s a forty-five minute drive for us, just the other side of Banbury. It … Continue reading

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iPhone saves the day

This is the time of year when we watch the forecast and make the most of the good days. So, two days ago, with a sunny afternoon promised we made our annual spring pilgrimage to Rousham to enjoy the gardens. … Continue reading

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Lake minus water plus bridge

This Post might be subtitled: ‘who let the water out?’ It was of course deliberate. This is the Octagon Lake at Stowe Gardens drained for remedial work to the banking. No lake, merely mudflats, the accumulated detritus that is usually … Continue reading

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Tree Line

Wrest Park is a place we have been to several times before but not this late in the year (click Here and Here for previous posts). A different time of year is guaranteed to yield a different crop of images … Continue reading

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Virginia Creeper

One of the most vivid manifestations of Autumn, or Fall, is provided by Virginia Creeper. Click on the images to see  higher quality enlargements. Virginia Creeper is a climbing plant, a ‘creeper’, a member of the Vine family, that in … Continue reading

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Seasonal Confusion

10 days ago, on what turned out to be the last warm sunny day of our Summer, we visited one of our favourite country estates – Wrest Park. It’s a place I have photographed before so on this occasion I … Continue reading

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Sky Water

Inverting an image sometimes does more than simply turn an image on its head. Sometimes it introduces a touch of surrealism into the image. And I personally think that is true of this one – but you may think differently … Continue reading

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A glimpse of Stowe House

Regular readers of this blog will recall mentions of Stowe Gardens on a number of occasions. Today it’s the turn of the house within the gardens. Stowe Gardens are owned by the National Trust. These extensive gardens, laid out by … Continue reading

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The Greens of Rousham

Today’s images come from the gardens of Rousham. A world of Green. Monty Don, a well-loved broadcaster, writer and horticulturalist described Rousham as ‘one of the greatest experiences on this earth’ in his book, Around the World in 80 Gardens. … Continue reading

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