A rainy, blustery day with follies, monuments and some grand topiary, welcome to Shugborough hall.
One of the rooms had been stripped of all furniture and most fixtures, gloomy but atmospheric and unusual to see a room in this sort of state.
There were a couple of statues and paintings that grabbed me though they felt very incidental in the house itself. The grounds were much more interesting. Many of the NT houses are packing for the the winter 'putting the house to sleep' as they say, so this might be my last NT visit for a while. A break gives me a chance to really start thinking about my trips, reviewing all of my photographs and also decide which houses I want to revisit particularly for making longer films.
Mirrors are everywhere here, decorated and ornately shaped, in their refection hallways seem endless and lights are brighter.
You can see more pictures from Shugborough Hall on my Flickr here.
The Palladian bridge and The Apollo Temple feature in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. This garden and man made lake look huge but actually they are very compact, taking less than an hour to walk along the guided path. Welcome to Stourhead.
Walking from temple to temple, and actually being able to access them fully, created a kind of dreamy miniature romance. Originally planned as a mini european (grand) tour, it does work.
The number of unknown portraits grows and grows, I'm really attracted to the anonymity of these paintings that are in every NT house I have visited so far. They perch atop doorways, half hidden in the gloom, they sit among the family portraits crammed onto a brightly patterned wall, they stare out all at once real and imagined.