Belton House is a country estate of Brownlow and Cust familes and is located near Grantham. The house was built between 1685 to 1688 by Sir John Brownlow and has remained in the family until the National Trust took ownership in 1984.
Surprisingly I didn’t recognise the house, despite being an avid fan of the BBC’s adaptation of Helen Creswell’s spooky Moondial from 1988.
The West Entrance to Belton House.
Statues in the West entrance court yard.
We took the “Below Stairs Tours” which provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the servant at Belton House during the 1900s and is must for any Downtown Abbey fans.
A bright but chilly start to the May Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures only just above freezing. After seeing many inspirational photos recently from friends of the bluebell displays around the South East, it prompted me to drive over to the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum with my camera.
Probably just in time too, as the helpful lady at the entrance was saying that this was probably the last weekend for the bluebells.
There were plenty of bluebells still to see and admire. Often the camera just doesn’t do the carpet of blue justice.
The blooming azaleas were stunningly magnificent in their white and pinks.
Posted in Close-up, DoF, Gardens, Landscapes, Macro, Nature, Outdoor, Photography
Tagged 2014, Azaleas, Bluebells, National Trust, Spring, Winkworth Arboretum
A brisk walk in the sunshine around the gardens at Polesden Lacey.
What a glorious day for the Guildford Festival Boat Gathering and the Guildford Lions Charity raft race down on the River Wey.
The Festival Boat Gathering theme was “Britain at its Best” and it certainly was. All manner of boats were moored near Millmead Island and splendidly decorated in their patriotic red, white and blue.
Wandering along the tow path you can’t help to admire the traditional narrow boats and how they are beautifully decorated. Some boat owners were taking the opportunity to selling either their home-made crafts and art work.
After the tranquil walk it was time to get stuck into the frenetic competition of the charity raft race. Spectators lined the banks waiting for the start.
Ready, steady, go……..
And then they were off!
Posted in Outdoor, People, Photography
Tagged 2013, Britain at its Best, Guildford, Guildford Festival Boat Gathering, Guildford Lions Charity Raft Race, Narrow Boats, National Trust, River Wey, Surrey
What will 2013 hold for us?
Will we be going places or will we be stuck in the past year’s mud?
The new year is time to reflect on how to move forward and not to be held back. 2012 has been a strange time, leaving me feeling as there has been little momentum. Now it’s time to move on. Here’s to 2013.
Happy New Year to you all.
Posted in Landscapes, Photography
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead, January, Machinery, National Trust, Nature, New Year, Surrey, Trees, Walk, Winter, Woods
Sharing a little touch of dutch today from the Tulip Festival at Polesden Lacey (which run from mid-April to early May).
Inspired by photographs friends have been sharing of their recent trip to Holland and not to left out in sharing in the colour and beauty of this springs tulips I grabbed a couple of picture with my mobile phone.
With all the strange weather we have been having, not all the tulips are out so there is probably much more to see from this festival of flowers.
We were also very lucky not to get caught in the rain, enjoying a pleasant stroll around the gardens.
Posted in Close-up, Colour, Nature, Outdoor, Photography
Tagged 2012, April, Flowers, National Trust, Polesden Lacey, Spring, Surrey, Tulips
Not quite, I am definitely feeling below par today and probably should have stayed in bed as I have spent most of the day feeling as though I have gotten out the wrong side, so to speak.
To reflect my mood I have choosen this mono capture of one of the statues from the gardens at Polesden Lacey last week.