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For our last day in Somerset, Mrs M and I decided to go to one of our favourite National Trust locations, Stourhead. The gardens are fantastic and the house is an interesting trip back to the turn of the 20th century. The weather for the visit was quite nice. – nowhere near an Indian Summer day but you take what you can get in the UK.
The trees were only just starting to think about autumn, and still looked lush with so many different shades of green.
The photograph is a classic Stourhead composition showing the view across the Palladian bridge to the Pantheon monument in the trees.
I finally felt well enough to get out and drive somewhere on Sunday 26 October. I had been taking elephant strength antibiotics for a week for the infection in my tooth and on the Saturday it felt as though they were doing some good.
So my wife and I drove down to Stowe Gardens for a bit of a walk. One of our favourite NT prioperties, a beautiful place in any season, and you even get to look at the posh, private, expensive (and very impressive) Stowe school where the wealthy and wise (in that order I think) can to send their kids. Camera-wise, I took my D800 and the 18mm-35mm f/3.5 wide angle lens, hoping to get a few decent images.
The weather was constantly changing until finally the rain started to sleet in sideways across the drained octagon lake and then up the hill on to the roped-off cricket pitch. It was quite a sight. The sun broke through the cloud at one point and highlighted the rain as it slewed in across the sleeping wicket to the little Stowe church in the trees. The shower stopped as quickly as it started.
Every now and again, heavy clouds tumbled in over Stowe and the image below shows a shot I took whilst looking towards the Gothic Tower in the distance.