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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.
Last week Mrs M and I headed down to Somerset for a few days and called into the National Trust property Dyrham Park on the way. The whole roof was under renovation, 46 tonnes of lead and 8000 slate tiles have been removed, the roof structure is being repaired and then re-cast lead and new tiles replaced. The whole project has cost £3.8 million. To cover the building a huge scaffold roof was placed over the whole structure, keeping the rain out and allowing the roofers to work in all weathers.
Visitors could go up to a walk way constructed above the roof to observe the work, 90 feet above the ground.
True to form, it was raining when we arrived so I decided to use my iPhone. You can go up to the roof in a lift or use stairs. It’s very impressive, and you get a view of the roof that will not be available again for probably 150 years.
I took myself off to one of my favourite National Trust properties this morning for a treat. One of their excellent bacon batches (that’s ‘roll’ to any southerners), and a cup of coffee.
It had rained just before I left so I didn’t take any of my cameras, but I had my iPhone for any emergencies.
The breakfast was excellent and as I sat there the sun came out so rather than go straight home, I decided to have a walk around the garden. I’m glad I did. There was no one else around and apart from the birds singing away, all was peace and quiet. The sun was warm, I wasn’t at work and I had an enjoyable breakfast.
I took a few pictures with my phone and the one below was edited in the TinType app. I liked the fact that if the artist Rebecca Ferrers of Baddesley had took Ferrotype photographs as well as painting and sketching in the 1870’s, she may well have taken an image like this of the house.