Category Archives: Country Houses & Gardens

Surfacing

We returned, as we do often, to Stowe Gardens at the weekend – our first visit of the year. Spring has been making very rapid progress thanks to warm sunny weather in the last week or so. And it has … Continue reading

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The Cover Shot

Last week, photographs were taken of our house by a professional for the sale brochure: interior shots of the main rooms and an exterior shot of the frontage for the cover. The interior images were fine, but the cover image … Continue reading

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I’ve got my eye on you

Spooky or what? This eye followed me, I swear, as I walked past this tree.

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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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