Out and About – Harewood House

Towards the end of last month, Mrs M and I took ourselves off to Yorkshire for a few days. It really is a gorgeous county and certainly one of our favourite places to visit. On the way to our hotel, we called into Harewood House.

The gardens are lovely with a walk around the large lake where you can see the amazing collection of flowers and trees. Whilst we were there we could see endless spirals of Red Kites riding the thermals higher and higher and then down again

We went into the house to see the fabulous art collections and then took refreshments in the gardens. The picture of the Orpheus and leopard statue below by Astrid Zydower was taken whilst sitting on the garden terrace having coffee. The day was hot and I could have easily sat there all afternoon.



Out and About – Witley Court

Today I paid another visit to Witley Court. It was promising to be another lovely early spring day and I had three photo projects that I had to be getting on with.
Witley court started off as a medieval manor house but was bought by the Foley family in 1655. Over the next two centuries the house was altered and enlarged. When the Foley fortune began to wane, it was sold to William Ward who became first earl of Dudley. He had it remodelled with a new wing and conservatory and ornate gardens. On the night of 7 September 1937 a fire started which except for the west side destroyed the rest of the house. The then owner decided not to rebuild and sold the estate. It was never lived in again but was stripped of valuable stone and lead and left to rot.
English Heritage have restored almost all of the gardens and now look after the very impressive shell of the house.

I used the D800 with an 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 wide angle zoom. I managed to get shots I needed for one of the projects, but the other two remain to be done. No inspiration on these yet.

Below is a view of the house from the south in the middle ground can be seen the Perseus and Andromeda fountain, which when it’s in full flow is most impressive.