Monday, 1 May 2017

Flatford

A few shots from Flatford today. It was very odd light.....






A cheerful looking duck!



Willy Lott's cottage


The Field Studies Centre.





Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Burano

Here are a few pictures from the lovely island of Burano.... for anyone going to Venice I recommend going out to the islands.... A day at Burano, its sister island Mazzorbo (linked by a wooden bridge, worth getting off the boat at Mazzorbo and walking to Burano) and Torcello (to come later) are well worth it.


Burano is famed for its Lace!









Looking back to Burano from Mazzorbo



Saturday, 1 April 2017

Venice from the Grand Canal

I've just come back from the lovely city of Venice a city famed for its canals. The weather could have been better (!) but here are a few pictures from a trip down the grand canal.

 Rialto bridge

 View from the Rialto




From the boat





The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute



Doges Palace




Saturday, 18 March 2017

South of the River

I am down South for a couple of days.

Portchester Castle. The castle is medieval and in the remains of a Roman Fort


St Mary's, Portchester is within the Roman walls






The font at St Peter's, Titchfield





The Ionic temple at Petworth


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Osterley

Where to today? Well the house at Osterley was open today so a change is as good as a rest! 

The original house was built  in 1570 for Sir Thomas Gresham. Two Hundred years later the house was falling into disrepair and was remodelled by Robert Adam for Sir Francis Child.

Osterley passed in the family of the Earl's of Jersey.

George Child Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey opened Osterley to the public in 1939 after having received many requests to see its historic interior. The Earl justified his decision by saying that it was "sufficient answer that he did not live in it and that many others wished to see it";  some 12,000 people subsequently visited the house in its first month of opening. 

During the second World War it was used for training Local Defence Volunteers.

The 9th Earl assisted the Ministry of Works and the V&A in the restoration of the house and in 1991 donated it to the National Trust.

Ironically the entrance hall of the house also appeared as a room in an upmarket central London hotel in the denouement of the 2007 ITV adaptation of At Bertram's Hotel. And as I type this that is on the telly!!!